Batwing #1

September 11, 2011 8:58 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

As far as I know, Batwing is a character who has only appeared in a single issue of Batman Inc., so he’s basically brand new. No back story, nothing to know yet, and no baggage.

It would be easy to dismiss this as “Black Batman”, and I’m sure a lot of people will. It’s easy to say “oh, here’s Batwing’s versions of Commissioner Gordon and Alfred”. Which is true, I suppose. But what makes Batwing such an intriguing concept is that he’s basically doing the Batman shtick, but without Bruce Wayne’s unlimited resources and extensive web of allies.

The comic takes place in Africa, specifically the Congo, so we trade Gotham’s dark, gothic skyscrapers for smaller, more desperate places that seem to always be recovering from one civil war or another. Since he can’t swing and glide from tall buildings like Batman can, Batwing is actually capable of flight, his costume looking very much like a prototype Batman Beyond flight suit.

Anyway, I’m really looking forward to seeing where this goes.

Verdict: Very promising.

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