Arkham is glowing, Blackfire's power's growing, so what was Riddler knowing, in this twenty-ninth of who knows how many parts in DC's weekly Batman shindig. I know we haven't really been back to the supernatural Arkham storyline in a little while, but I'm already glad this part of it will be done soon, because it's the least interesting part of this series. Batwing is just Batman as a young Iron Man, the Joker's Daughter needs to go away as soon as possible, and it's weird that with all this going on, The Spectre hasn't come out of Corrigan to stomp the crap out of Deacon Blackfire (though that's set for next issue, it looks like). We know that, based on the beginning of DC's new Arkham Manor series that the asylum is not long for the world, so let's blow this pop stand, already, guys.
Close... so close.
Actually, while I'd normally jaw on about what a bore Batwing is, he's pretty awesome in this issue. And he really doesn't even do much, just wakes up, struggles against some demon things, talks to Batman, recalls the missing pieces of his armor, and futiley charges at the Blackfire-posessed Maxie Zeus. Ultimately, as you might expect of Batwing, he's completely and utterly helpless against anything going on, and doesn't accomplish a damn thing. But damn does that scene with the armor pieces coming back to him kick ass! I know I've seen something like that a few times in media, but it entertains me every time. Actually, I'm pretty sure one of Iron Man's suits has that function... was it the Extremis thing? Eh, I'm not that familiar with Iron Man.
Magnets, how do they work? (Had to blow the dust off of that reference.)
Joker's Daughter is as annoying as always, though. Apparently she's catching on that she's being used and that the voice she normally hears of her "Daddy" (I guess she imagines Mistah J gabbing to her?) is somebody tricking her into doing their bidding? She makes her way back to Blackfire to get some payback once she realizes that "Daddy" doesn't issue orders to her (I guess she figures Joker isn't the type, which isn't too far off, but I'd imagine she'd be beneath his notice). I really don't get the point of this character. She has added nothing to either the narrative or the atmosphere of this series. Lose this bitch, DC. Lose her in a fire.
"... to get you out of this book" is the end of that person's sentence.
That message written on the wall of Riddler's cell (where is he, by the way?) about the happenings at Arkham ended up being the pretty generic "ARKHAM IS JUST A PIECE OF THE PLAN IF YOU CAN READ THIS YOU ARE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW OUR FOE". Meanwhile, the message has been decoded and it doesn't really narrow down the field of who's actually behind this all. We can assume it's Hush, ultimately, but just like Blackfire is part of a bigger picture, so too may Hush be. My guess is still the Court of Owls, or Lincoln March, anyway, but maybe Snyder's looking to bring him back in his own stories.
"Can I borrow some shark repellent, by the way?"
NEXT: The Spectre speaks!
- Penguin Truth
Also, is that Swamp Thing? I think that might be Swamp Thing.
Story: Scott Snyder & James Tynion IV
Script: Ray Fawkes
Consulting Writers: Kyle Higgins & Tim Seeley
Art: Simon Coleby
Colors: Romulo Fajardo, Jr.
Lettering By: Dezi Sienty
Cover By: Claymann & Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Editor: Chris Conroy
Asst. Editor: Dave Wielgosz
Group Editor: Mark Doyle
Batman Created By Bob K--AHAHAHAHA, NO. Batman Created By Bill Finger