After a lengthy hiatus thanks to life, getting married, going on my honeymoon, and then the holidays, we’re finally back to our regularly scheduled comic book programming. It was a short week, with Batman dominating the shelves this week for me, and all of his stories being pretty damn great.
This seemed like it was going to be a straightforward “Batman helping a kid with the same origin as him” story, but then it took that crazy dark turn and suddenly became an origin story for what could eventually become the most personal villain Batman has ever had. A child, mentally troubled, with the names of Bruce’s parents etched into his face after Batman’s failure to solve the puzzle. That’s one hell of an origin.
This Super Sons of Tomorrow story was short but incredibly sweet. It was cool to see Jon working with the Teen Titans, and the future Tim Drake not only getting a new suit and rad codename, Savior, but also his redemption, as well, after he sacrificed himself to save the very person he was trying to kill the entire story. The biggest question now is left at the very end, when Savior is falling through the timestream, and sees every DC event that’s been wiped out. Zero Hour, Crisis on Infinite Earths, and so many more. Is he going to be the key to restoring the universe?
This has the potential to be an interesting read. The implication is that in METAL, when Duke’s powers awakened, they reacted with a metal in the water supply of Gotham that gave other kids that also matched biologically in some way, meta abilities. This opens up a whole slew of story-telling options for the Bat-family, and I’m pretty excited to see where it goes. I will say, though, that the metas, and even Signal himself, seem very Static Shock-like. Not a bad thing, but just an observation in the way the story seems to be progressing.
This is such an incredibly well-written story that my mind can’t fathom how remarkable it is. The origin of Neo-Joker, as the second Harley is calling herself, is absolutely tragic. The way Joker treated her, though, makes complete sense as to why she’s behaving the way she is. He saved her life, and she has to re-pay the favor by saving the Joker from Jack Napier. On top of that, Napier is forcing everyone closest to him away from Batman’s life. This Batman is darker, less caring, and more driven to brutally stomp crime out, so this plan is incredible. We’ll see how it all plays out.