Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Rayboy's Review: Batman Confidential #26-28 (DC Comics)

I was unfamiliar with the names of Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir before I read their excellent three part “Riddle of the Sphinx” story in the DC Comics series, Batman Confidential (issue #’s 26-28) and I must say; I was impressed.

With all of the “Battle for the Cowl” shit going on in most of the other Batman titles, this excellent introduction to a fine pair of comic book writers was just what the doctor ordered for yours truly. I had noticed another blogger commenting favorably on this story arc and just had to see for myself, and while admittedly, I was drawn to the promised artwork of longtime DC veteran Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez on the Dark Knight again, I didn’t realize going in that the esteemed Kevin Nowlan was providing the inks on these issues. The combination of Garcia-Lopez and Nowlan makes this Batman story a true thing of beauty. It’s like the Caped Crusader stepped right out of a lost 1970’s Detective Comics issue, because at least for this creative pairing of talented writers and artists, the focus was simply on a cracking good adventure tale, which prominently features established Batman foe, The Riddler, and at the same time, introduces us to an entirely new villain of note (based on a campy bad guy from the old 1960’s Batman television series), King Tut.

People, this, THIS, is what DC Comics should be doing with Batman….every month. Not the “Battle of the Cowl” pabulum. The last of the three issues by DeFilippis, Weir, Garcia-Lopez & Nowlan is on the stands, and I encourage everyone that likes Batman to rush out and buy these issues…immediately. Distance yourselves from “Battle of the Cowl” with equal haste!

There is a bit of hope at the end of the three-part story, an implied cliffhanger which suggests that a return of Tut might be in the offing. If so, and “if”, DC can bring this creative team back for another round, I would be glad to add Batman Confidential to my pull list.


Wayne Skiver said...

Ugh! I too am staying away from the Battle for the cowl stuff. I am actually unfamiliar with this title, but based on your review I'll give it a try!

Unknown said...

I recently picked these issues up as well and had the exact same feelings you did. There's so many ridiculous storylines going on and too many new characters it's no wonder that comic sales have been slumping for years. They need to increase the quality and create more stuff like these issues of Batman Confidential.