- Posted by Johanna on February 26, 2012 at 10:26 pm
- Category: Superhero Reviews
- CREDITS: written by Sholly Fisch; pencils by Rick Burchett; inks by Dan Davis
- PUBLISHER: DC Comics; $2.99 US
I’m terribly sad that this is the last issue of one of the comics I most looked forward to each month — although not as disappointed as John Jakala was — but at least it goes out on an amazing high point.
Every page of this issue had a surprise that made me laugh or gasp or smile. Sholly Fisch knows his history, and he’s not afraid to throw in references wherever he can. From the various wacky Batman costumes on page one through to Super Turtle on the last page, if you recall those great old Silver Age comics, you’ll love being reminded of their innocent charm; if you don’t, then it’s just wild creativity on display, the kind of thing comics are best at.
For plot description, I’m going to send you to J. Caleb Mozzocco; his excellent review is why I haven’t talked about this issue in more timely fashion, since he said a lot of what I wanted to. As he mentions, much of this story is driven by Bat-Mite, who’s an acquired taste best used in small doses, but here, he allows for fourth-wall-breaking comments such as, “Where are the thrills? The giant props? The all-out hoo-hah Bat-action?” These days, Bat-Mite often speaks for me, tweaking the characters and the creators to keep the fun in the comics.
My favorite panel has to be the one shown here, where Bat-Mite tries to marry Batgirl off to an alien monster, the same one who wooed Wonder Woman back in 1965. I’m impressed that other people remember this stuff and want to pass on their enjoyment of it.
The art is similarly astounding, with all these different types of characters somehow drawn in a way where they work together, with strong outlines keeping them distinctive. Plus, we get a “really big office supply expo” because “everything’s better with giant props!”
I don’t want to spoil the last few pages for you, but after a cute gag moment, this issue has the best send-off I’ve seen, especially considering this is a book for kids who may be very disappointed to lose it. Heck, I know I’m sorry to see it go. I’ll take their advice and reread the copies I have.