Writers: Brian Buccellato, Francis Manapul
Artist: Francis Manapul
This is the second issue of the series from one of DC’s hottest new creative teams: Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato. The pair delivers great story and plenty of action as they continue their “Icarus” saga. Manapul and Buccellato decide to take a different approach than what Snyder and team are doing on Batman: Eternal, and instead focus on the relationship between Batman and Bullock.
Batman needs to figure out who supplies the drug, called Icarus, to dealers on the street. He ends up meeting a new foe named Sumo, who happens to be a sumo wrestler (hence the name). Sumo doesn’t rank very high up on the list of creativity or of cool villains. This issue makes good use of blending mystery with action as the writers delve into the Gotham crime scene.
The best aspect of the book is Manapul and Buccellato’s art. They continue to push the envelope on what can be done in comic books, similar to their previous run on The Flash. It’s quite obvious that the art in this book is outstanding. Their panel layouts and color schemes are innovative – never has Gotham looked so stylish.
It does, however, take some time for the creative team to establish their ideas and direction of the book. The dynamic between Bruce Wayne and Harvey Bullock could have used a little bit more explaining. Manapul and Buccellato are still fresh to the streets of Gotham, and I fully expect this series to improve as the writers settle in.
Written by: Cory Robinson