Batman is by far my favorite character in comics, but when DC started going bi-weekly and raised the price, I stopped collecting the title. Especially when they teased and highly publicized a wedding between Bruce and Selina that was quickly and mournfully incinerated. However, with the introduction of Punchline, I was intrigued and I picked up the title once again.
I am enjoying the run and the stakes are incredibly high. Assassins led by Deathstroke are running amok in Gotham and a villain, named the Designer is pulling the strings. To catch you up, the Designer, who has a big red “D” on his white mask, and a feathered pimp coat (Not a whole lot of design work went into the Designer apparently) met with the other villains. He promised them all of their desires, including Catwoman. However, he had his own motivations for helping them. His only problem was the Joker, who was a wild card (pun mostly not intended).
The entire through line of the story is this concept of design. With Bruce intending to redesign Gotham, while the villains do the same. The issue begins with a flashback of his training days, where he attempted to become mentored by a great detective. The detective instead told he him that he was going to teach him the greatest lesson of all – how to fail.
The story picks back up with Batman with a katana through his leg from last issue and Luscious trying to fill in for the late Alfred (I still can’t believe they did that). Luscious informs him that the Joker embezzled all of his funds and is about to take the business and his house. Though I’m not how that works since, the house is probably paid off and you can’t just take someone’s company like a Rolex out of the drawer, but we will just roll with it. The writer wants Bruce in a situation he’s never been in before.
There’s a very emotional call between Bruce and Selina, that I feel was much needed after the whole wedding debacle. He goes to the hospital to find Selina missing and the Joker’s goons waiting for him.
I feel that Batman has something to prove to both himself and the memory of Alfred. Though I’m still waiting for Punchline to actually do something. Let’s see what the next issues bring.
About Frank Zanca
…began working in local television at the age of 22 when he became a Promotional Producer for Channel 9, the Orlando ABC affiliate. During this time he wrote and produced thirty-second spots for the newscast and syndicated shows such as Geraldo and Sally Jesse Raphael. Later he worked as a Production Assistant on NBC’s Gonzo Games and Dick Clark’s Sea World Summer Spectacular. Frank created and wrote his first comic book, which was distributed internationally under the name of Shadow Raven. For a number of years, Frank worked in Sales and then moved into Marketing where he became CFO and later President of two Independent marketing firms that were later sold for several million dollars. Recently Frank helped design Shadow Raven: the Combat Card Game, which was distributed internationally and has written the Shadow Raven novel (to be released next year). Frank is currently producing Shadow Raven: Fading Thoughts, a thirty-minute pilot, which is designed to become a feature film or television series.