All aboard! JUMPING ON POINT ALERT
Never read an issue of Batwing before in your life? You’ll do fine here. As long as you know what Batman Inc. is and that there is a representative in Africa you’ll be able to follow along. You won’t know exactly why Batwing is beating up certain individuals or blowing up airships
And that’s basically what most of the issue is. It’s a pretty bad ass send off (up to a point) where we see David let go of his civilian life and bring down God’s terrible thunder on every single baddie he had leftover from previous storylines. Why did I put “up to a point” in parenthesis while ago? Because even though the new creative team of Pamiotti and Gray (the writers behind All-Star Western) gave David plenty of heroic moments in this, I found the character’s excuse for leaving to be weak and in the final pages where we get the big reveal of who the new Batwing is, Alfred states that David was actually the second choice for Batwing. What a slap in the face to David Zavimbe fans! And as for why I think his excuse for leaving is weak– you see his reasons on the very first page. David believes that the symbol of Batman and his tactics can’t work in a place as bad as Tinasha. Well, I believe that Gotham, before Batman arrived, was worse than Tinasha so that’s why that doesn’t fly with me. Secondly, the bulk of the issue is Batwing whooping every single enemy that was still standing. His actions in this issue are proof that David can make Batwing work in the DRC. In fact, after watching him bring down all the baddies,
But what can you do? Sales have been falling. Most folks never got on board with the Batman of Africa so the series really needed a shakeup to attract new readers and that’s exactly what we’re getting. This issue unveils a brand new Batwing and a brand new suit.
To keep from spoiling the big reveal I’ll put that and my thoughts on the new Batwing in spoilertags.
Overall it’s a good and very fast paced issue that ties up all the loose ends from the previous arc so we can get into the brand new adventures of Batwing 2.0 next month. I recommend you give it a try, but it’s understandable if you want to wait until issue #20. That’s when we’ll really see what this new hero’s personality is like and what sort of obstacles he will be facing.