Today, I’m going to be reviewing the second issue of Batman/ The Shadow. If you haven’t already seen it, I recently reviewed the first issue, so be sure to check that out.
Released in 2017, this is the second of a six part series, that follows Batman as he investigates the murder of a Gothamite, and comes face to face with the mysterious Shadow. Written by Scott Snyder and Steve Orlando, it’s illustrated by Riley Rossmo, and co published with Dynamite.
No Spoilers for this issue, but possible spoilers for the first, so if you haven’t already read Batman/ The Shadow #2 be careful.
Set It Up Already
Even though we’re on to the second of the six part series, this still feels like we’re in the midst of the set up. There’s a definite supernatural aspect that’s being brought more to the forefront (something I’ll talk about it a bit), but it’s still too mysterious to pin down. I hope that the writers are giving enough time for the story to play out, rather than spending all their time to set up. My concern is that there’s only six issues total, and we’re still doing so much set up.
The Dark Knight and the Supernatural
When I think of Batman, or Gotham, I think of dark, gritty stories. I think of Arkham Asylum, and of the Dark Knight Trilogy. I’m not saying that Gotham is a completely realistic world, I understand that this is a make-believe world. However, given that Bats is often present as a logical thinker, as a detective, as a scientist when he needs to be, it’s not very often that we see full on supernatural aspects to his stories. I don’t know how it’s going to pan out, but I’m excited to see how these two elements will work together, and can’t help but wonder what effect it will have on Bruce.
The Elephant in the Room…
Let’s talk a bit more about the art. I stand by everything I said in my review for Issue #1, but I just wanted to pop back in for another round of faux art criticism. I’ve already addressed Bruce, but I just want to take a look at these two character, who for the sake of spoilers will remain nameless. I just think they both look awesome, and that’s all I have to say. The red of the scarf is great because of the constant with Batman.
“Only a Fool…”
There’s a lot of confusion over identity in this book, and it seems to becoming an important theme. The reason I wanted to bring it up, was simply the contradiction of this phrase, when you consider the medium. Comics are a visual medium, and yet we are warned against trusting that which we see. The implication being, that we ought not to trust what we see, or to put it more accurately, what we are shown in the panels on the page.