At this rate, I fully expect Pagan, The Human Flea and maybe even Metalhead to show up before this story ends.
High-fives go to letterer Steve Wands too, for the way he renders death metal: A series of musical notes occasionally interrupted by skull and crossbones icons. The Snyder/Romita lead story "My Own Worst Enemy" is still not only the best Batman comic of the moment, but also the most awesome (Nice to see The Penguin being a real, hands-on, umbrella weapon-wielding supervillain again, too!). I'm already starting to worry about a time when JRJR isn't working with Snyder on the title.
The back-up, starring codename-less not-Robin Duke Thomas and drawn by Declan Shalvey, is fine, but obviously its events can't compete with those of the lead story.
In this issue, the mystery is more-or-less solved and the trickery more-or-less exhausted, so our heroes must resort to violence. Which, of course, means lots and lots of awesome violence against characters that are mostly cloak (a subject near and dear to my heart). It's definitely the most action-packed issue of the series so far, and there are some inspired scary visuals, as the lodge itself comes to life to attack our heros.
Oh hey, remember Olive Silverlock is pyrokinetic? I keep forgetting that. Gotham Academy should really address that, instead of occasionally raising and then forgetting it for months.
Captain Boomerang remains dead. :(
So it seemed inevitable that DC's accelerated publishing schedule would eventually cause problems for some of the books–I know Green Lanterns shipped late once, and there have obviously been some deadline-pushing books that required extra artists to get them out on time–but this one seems kind of drastic.
Greg Rucka's Wonder Woman, which is basically two different books shipping under the same title and numbering system, gets a kinda sorta fill-in here that breaks the "Year One" story by Nicola Scott, current story by Liam Sharp, "Year One," current rhythm.
It's still by Rucka, and it is drawn by the excellent Bilquis Evely, but it belongs to neither narrative. It's a kinda sorta origin story of Barbara Minerva–not of how she became
In other words, this is maybe an ideal issue for the serially-published Wonder Woman, as it fits with both, but it's not clear where (if?) it gets collected. I've been assuming that DC will eventually publish Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Year One and Wonder Woman Vol. 2: The Lies, but, if that's the case, where will they stick this one? (Me? I wouldn't collect it at all; I think publishers should occasionally not collect comics so as to encourage serial consumption, but that's just me, armchair publisher).
I'm just speculating, of course. I honestly have no idea how DC plans to collect Wonder Woman, nor how they will proceed once these first two story arcs are completed. Will alternating, Nicola Scott-drawn issues continue to be set in the past?
Anyway, no Wonder Woman in this issue of Wonder Woman. But plenty of Bilquis Evely art, and that's just as good!
And hey, up there where I mentioned The Human Flea? I wasn't just joking. I love The Human Flea. I used to want him to be a recurring Robin villain, maybe of the Anarky sort, where he was a sometimes-enemy, sometimes-ally type of character. I'd make that guy a Teen Titan, or part of the new Teenage Crimefighters Club that's starring in Detective Comics (he makes more sense than Clayface!). Hooray for the Human Flea!