The hunt for murderer Angel Lupo continues, and the closer Batman gets to him, the more The Dark Knight's own dark past comes into focus. But Batman's troubles are going to get worse before they get better. Guest-starring the Penguin and Scarface.
Despite this story being less than gripping, I'm still interested to see where it goes as I have a feeling that the plot will make more sense in retrospect. However, a slightly lacklustre tale is buoyed up by above-average art which does more for the plot and atmosphere than a lot of the writing manages. Hopefully, the currently disparate plot strands will eventually coalesce into a more satisfactory whole. Read Full Review
Now looking back on my main comments I can see I've been a bit unfair as Brian Azzarello clearly feels that the Penguin and Scarface are viable villains and considering both of them are long-standing members of Batman's rogues gallery clearly past writers and the fans agree with him. In fact if I toss aside my personal feelings about the characters than the issue does work much better, as the Penguin does get a nice little exchange where he details how one does business in Gotham City, and Scarface gets a fairly chilling display of madness when he pummels a man within an inch of his life with the dummy. The reaction scene where Batman uses the cappuccino maker to put a good scare into Scarface was also a pretty effective display of Batman playing with a villain's psychosis. However, once I remove this more objective view I find that I still have trouble accepting the Penguin and Scarface as the threats that drive this story. Still the search for Angel Lupo is a pretty solid means for B Read Full Review