Back with the Effigy story arc where John Jones has seemingly snuck into the Batcave. Batman being on the offensive tries to fight him, but John Jones isn’t just some thug, John gets past his offence and enters his mind. Batman seems to have some kind of counter mind control/mind reading defence and orders Alfred to aid him orally. After Batman realizes that Jones isn’t a threat they head to go to the crime scene, since Jones is a Martian as well. Once there GCPD’s (Gotham City Police Dept) Jim Gordon (rank isn’t clear) feels uneasy with the presence of another cop in his jurisdiction, but quickly learns that he really hasn’t a clue what to do in this particular case. Jones asks if Gordon knows about Barbra, and Batman says he doesn’t, since it’s not up to him to tell him. The two determine that Jones is being hunted and that he’s lucky to live alone. But Jones lives in an apartment building, not a house or secret base. Jones rushes off, leaving Batman to call Watchtower (Chloe). He asks where Superman is, and she tells him away on a mission. He then calls Alfred who send the Bat-Plane. In Metropolis, the white Martian is attacking Jones’ neighbours as he arrives to his building with Batman not far behind. The two Martians fight each other to a stand still where Batman tosses a batarang incinerator (or incendiary?). the white Martian takes off and Batman asks why John was called a murderer by it. Jones simply say because I am…. To be continued.
Batman needs a new name for all his gadgets and vehicles. I’m tried of writing bat this, bat that. Ugh. Anyway, I’m happy to see more DC universe characters being introduced. As much as I’d like to see more Superman oriented stories, the additional characters are a bit of a way to not have Superman over kill, especially with these side stories.
There’s a bit of an easter egg in this issue, the bat-plane, if I’m not mistaken, it’s the same one either from the animated show from the 90’s or from the Keaton Batman movie. I’m curious to know if that was an artist choice or writer’s. In saying that, Axel Gimenez and Diana Egea, work very well together. I don’t know if they have in the past, but on this book they do. I think Axel was a great choice for this book, he’s able to capture the original actors face, and give real emotion each time you see one of the live acted characters. His style may take a bit more experience for me to fully grasp but I am enjoying it with Diana on the inks.
The overall story here seems to be a little forced, why? I don’t know, but it doesn’t flow as much as you would hope. Bryan, is still making a a worthy mythos, but I just don’t think this one works that we’ll. But it’s still very much a smallville story, which is probably the only reason this book is selling at the moment.
- Overall rating of the comic: 2.6 out of 5,
- Art: 3.7 out of 5,
- layout: 3 out of 5,
- True to character dialogue: 3.4 out of 5,
- Story: 2.6 out of 5.
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