Batgirl #4Written by: Bryan Q. Miller
Art by: Lee Garbett
Perhaps it is her new suit that has been custom made for her, or maybe it has just taken four issues to do it, but it finally feels like Stephanie Brown is adjusting to being Batgirl. The story is set a week following the point which we saw her last and Miller seems to think that is enough time for clumsy Steph to suddenly be really good at fighting crime. Maybe it is just me, but I am having a difficult time believing that Stephanie could improve this much in such a short amount of time. Having said that, this is the best issue so far since the first one which I thought to be relatively good. My main problem is kind of a personal preference in that I feel less comfortable with a character like Barbara Gordon playing second fiddle to Stephanie Brown. There are some scenes where it feels as though Barbara works for Stephanie Brown rather than be her superior. I guess you can say it rubs me the wrong way. Another minor detail I came across was in Barbara's internal monologue where she infers that had it not been due in part to Dick's support after she became handicapped, she is unsure if she would have ever recovered. Correct me if I am wrong, but I don't believe Dick was around to comfort Barbara at all in her time of need, but I digress. There is an interesting interaction between Wendy Harris
and Barbara and I am interested to see that relationship develop.
3 out of 5
Vengeance Of The Moon Knight #3Written by: Gregg Hurwitz
Art by: Jerome Opena
If you are unfamiliar with the character (like I was) then this would be a good introduction to the character. First, the writing is good, consistent and flowed well throughout, and the art in the issue is really fantastic. The first few panels in the beginning of the issue where Hood is in a cemetery conjuring up the dead has some really fantastic art work. The writing is good, but I noticed a lot of similarities between Moon Knight's character and a certain "Dark Knight," if you know what I mean. While their individual background stories may differ considerably, there are some similar characters and key concepts that are so similar to characters and concepts in the Batman universe that I often found it difficult to overlook. Not only does the Scarecrow appear in this issue (and his costume is almost identical to the Scarecrow character in the Batman universe,) but they have to throw in an Asylum, too.
There is a fun scene, however, in the issue where Spider-Man complains about no longer being the center of attention, which I found to be relatively humorous. If you are looking to gain an understanding of Moon Knight's character, this would be a good book (and I presume, series) to start off with. Even though there does seem to be a lot going on, Hurwitz does a great job organizing everything in the story and writing Moon Knight a fantastic internal monologue that I felt not only drew from the character's history, but also gives the reader a clear indication of Moon Knight's present mind set. Aside from the fact that I still feel that reading Moon Knight is like reading Marvel's version of Batman, it is still a great book.
4 out of 5