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Batwing #20 - Batwing V. 2.0: Welcome to the Family Review

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The new Batwing is ready to go out on his first mission. Question is, will he survive for a second one?

The Good

There's been some complaints over the introduction of a new Batwing. That's a discussion for elsewhere. Last issue we were introduced to the new candidate in Batman's war against evil. It's a interesting choice and there will be huge ramifications in seeing how it all plays out.

What you'll notice right away is this Batwing is in full action on the first page. Of course there will be the question as to how the heck he's able to be in the suit and out on a mission when we were just introduced to him at the end of last issue. The answer is simple, some time has passed in between and we see a couple flashbacks.

I'll admit, like many others, I was totally on the fence with the introduction of a new Batwing. I didn't see why it was necessary. I don't want to see David disappear in comic book limbo but there is something exciting about this new Batwing. His connection to Batman is going to make for some fascinating scenarios. We're getting a clear idea who he is, what he's like and what he could be capable of. There's definitely a lot of potential in this character.

I'm really digging the art by Eduardo Pansica and Julio Ferreira. The action scenes and the way characters like Batman and Alfred are depicted look as they should but also fully retain their own feel to set this book apart from others. I can't wait to see more. If Batwing is going international, seeing the different locales is gonna be great.

The Bad

A choice had to be made in how to handle the transition of the new Batwing. Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray didn't go the route of showing us the very first moment or days as Batwing. It's understandable that showing all that could slow down the storytelling. Being able to jump forward a tiny bit keeps the flow of the story going. Seeing him try on the new suit could be interesting but it could also be a little boring. Despite this, there is a feeling of the story being a little rushed. It is like we're just thrown in with passing references as to how he's suddenly ready to jump into some insane situations. We know he had some fighting training before but making the leap to Batwing could be sort of a big one.

The Verdict

The new Batwing is here and makes an explosive debut. We were introduced to him last issue but Palmiotti and Gray throw him straight into the action to show us what he can do. By skating over the first moments with the new Batwing suit, there is a slight rushed feeling but it does keep the story moving and we do get some flashbacks showing how things happened. We've seen different styles or art in this series and there is a very nice feel to what we get in this issue. There is a feeling of excitement as we witness the birth of a new member of the Bat-Family. Yes it's unfortunate we no longer have the previous Batwing here but whether it's the new character or Palmiotti and Gray, my excitement has dramatically increased. I can't wait to see more.

18 Comments
Posted by flazam

when does this come out

Posted by G-Man
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Posted by flazam
Posted by Arkhamc1tizen

Planning on getting this anyone recommend it

Edited by FlashDamn

PLEASE THIS IS A VERY DESPERATE REQUEST PLEASE EVERYBODY WHO CAN GIVE THIS BOOK A CHANCE ITS REALLY GOOD(read 19)PLease done let it get CANCELLED

Posted by soumya

Just read it.The new Batwing rocks.His relationship with Bruce makes it very special.I really enjoyed the bantering between those two.

Edited by Vaeternus

Nice, think I'll pick it up this weekend during Free comic book day! From what I read last issue, I think Luke Fox will make a better Batwing honestly...David seemed boring and dull to me.

Posted by FlashDamn

@g_man: what do you think tony is this worth reading?

Posted by G-Man
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Posted by BatWatch

I was surprised that they went straight into the action as well, but I'm willing to buy into the high speed approach as long as they do not keep things at this break neck pace for too long. I think Palmiotti and Gray were just trying to grab people's attention.

I'm pretty much with you on this one, G-Man. I was cynical on a bunch of specifics on this book, but most of my fears were relieved.

If anybody wants a detailed analysis of the issue, The BatWatch Review is up.

Nice, think I'll pick it up this weekend during Free comic book day! From what I read last issue, I think Luke Fox will make a better Batwing honestly...David seemed boring and dull to me.

As a character, I do not think David was bad, but he was never given a very good story to showcase his personality. He was betrayed by mediocre writers, sadly. Winick didn't even seem to be trying by the end.

Posted by Twentyfive

Hope the quality goes up and up from here. And more people buy it.

Edited by Vaeternus

@batwatch said:

I was surprised that they went straight into the action as well, but I'm willing to buy into the high speed approach as long as they do not keep things at this break neck pace for too long. I think Palmiotti and Gray were just trying to grab people's attention.

I'm pretty much with you on this one, G-Man. I was cynical on a bunch of specifics on this book, but most of my fears were relieved.

If anybody wants a detailed analysis of the issue, The BatWatch Review is up.

@vaeternus said:

Nice, think I'll pick it up this weekend during Free comic book day! From what I read last issue, I think Luke Fox will make a better Batwing honestly...David seemed boring and dull to me.

As a character, I do not think David was bad, but he was never given a very good story to showcase his personality. He was betrayed by mediocre writers, sadly. Winick didn't even seem to be trying by the end.

Well, not necessarily bad just dull...uninterested, not determined imo to take the mantle of one of the Bat-Family. I respect David's morals but just didn't seem like a proper fit for Batwing. I think Luke will deliver that nicely in due time. Obviously it's ultimately the writer to deliver a character's personality, but I do like the fact that Luke being a boxer, fighter etc wants to fight crime makes more sense here. Kind of reminds me a little of Terry but different.

Edited by wisesonAC

hmmm i honestly didnt feel the issue. something was off its just not the same that being said ill pick up a couple more. i wanna like this new batwing but i just cant get over david. but ima give it a fair shot in the coming months

Posted by mrkareemruiz

badass comic

Posted by BatWatch

@vaeternus:

I can see what you are saying. I guess on some level, I'm thinking of what I wish they had done with Batwing rather than what they actually did.

Palmiotti and Gray admitted that they borrowed a lot from Batman Beyond.

hmmm i honestly didnt feel the issue. something was off its just not the same that being said ill pick up a couple more. i wanna like this new batwing but i just cant get over david. but ima give it a fair shot in the coming months

I would get tired of this series if it keeps this breakneck pace forever, but I thought it was fine for a start.

For more news, reviews, and commentary for the entire Bat Family, check out BatWatch.net.

Posted by Black_Claw

Can't wait to get my hands on this issue.

Posted by blackkitty

Well, I can't say one way or another other than, I fail to see how the new Batwing is connected to Africa in any way. He doesn't really understand the struggles of the people, so he's just a rich kid playing hero. Well, that's how I see it anyway. Then again, I haven't been buying the issue, don't really plan to buy it in the future. I do hope the new direction helps the book.

Posted by Superdork

Well, I can't say one way or another other than, I fail to see how the new Batwing is connected to Africa in any way. He doesn't really understand the struggles of the people, so he's just a rich kid playing hero. Well, that's how I see it anyway. Then again, I haven't been buying the issue, don't really plan to buy it in the future. I do hope the new direction helps the book.

This is explained in the book, which is awesome by the way!

PLEASE THIS IS A VERY DESPERATE REQUEST PLEASE EVERYBODY WHO CAN GIVE THIS BOOK A CHANCE ITS REALLY GOOD(read 19)PLease done let it get CANCELLED

This book has me hooked.