This story line finally feels as if it is coming to an end, which is good because the month long wait between each issue is a detriment to the overall experience of this non-linear story. Picking up this story as a collection is highly recommended, because even though on an issue-issue basis it has been slightly confusing, the story itself has been good. The gist of what happened in this issue is that Sune betrayed Batwoman, Sune is either a man or for some strange reason her and her brother share the same body, and detective Maggie Sawyer is still the star of the series. While the story is told in an unflattering manner, the art is superb. Trevor McCarthy, who started last issue, delivers yet another luscious, beautiful book. His illustrations, coupled with Guy Major’s colors, were made for this type of action packed story. Not just action, however; these two also demonstrate that they can handle character driven moments such as the scenes with Jake, Kate’s father, and Bette. 3.5/5
After that brief interlude to deal with the undead Court of Owls assassin, Catwoman is back on the streets protecting the innocent, in between major diamond heists, that is. For many years now, Catwoman has straddled the line between villain and hero, often living in the grey area in between, making her a more relatable character. Throughout the series Winick has done a tremendous job of portraying both sides of the character. We previously had been introduced to a hooded villain that was attempting to kidnap streetwalkers, regardless of gender. This issue shows a diligent Catwoman reject any and all new scores, in order to stakeout the slums of Gotham and protect this often ignored and despised group of individuals. The story is well paced, well written, and does a great job of portraying Catwoman’s good side. Guillem March and Tomeu Morey continue doing a fantastic job here. Not only does March’s art work well with the story, but Morey’s colors do a great job of making the illustrations pop in all the right ways. 4/5
With the Court of Owls revelations looming over him, Dick Grayson is looking to make a lasting difference in Gotham. From the get-go, Kyle Higgins sets the scene with talk about the “Historic District” of Gotham and reinvigorating that area, which has become a pale shadow of its former glory. In order to accomplish that, Dick approaches Sonia Zucco for a loan from her bank, which is sure to be problematic somewhere down the road. In addition to the loan to reinvigorate the historic district, Dick wants to turn Haly’s circus into a stationary circus. Unfortunately for him, there’s a dirty cop trying to frame Nightwing for murders, and there’s a secret society out to kill all the “capes” of Gotham. Higgins has done a great job of furthering the story, incorporating the recent events, as well as incorporating past events from both Gotham and Dick’s history. Eddie Barrows continues to impress as he creates stunning background and architectural imagery, and couples that with fantastic characters. 4.5/5
Jason, Roy, and Kori are all taking a well deserved night off when trouble finds them. A seemingly stagnant and predictable plot is far from that under Lobdell’s pen. Tamaraneans, from Kori’s home planet, make an unexpected visit to Earth in hopes that their exiled princess will return with them. Naturally, Jason and Roy accompany their teammate into deep space; unfortunately, Jason’s date gets whisked along with them. As has been the case so far this entire series, Lobdell has written a fantastic issue blending action with adventure, drama, and excitement. Kenneth Rocafort’s art is at its best when he is given a fantastical realm to illustrate; in this case that realm is the inside of the Tamaranean spaceship. His sharp, graphic linework, detailed backgrounds and character illustrations, coupled with Blond’s gorgeous, vibrant colors, are the perfect match with this issue and this overall series. 4.5/5
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