Damian: Son of Batman #2 takes us further into the downward spiral that is Damian Wayne’s current predicament. Upon the death of his mentor, Batman, Damian went on a quest of revenge taking out any Gotham City villain that claimed blood for Batman’s death. Bruce Wayne confronts Damian accusing him of besmirching the Batman mantle and his family’s name. A frightened Damian flees into the night to prove his father wrong and restore honor to his name.
The Kubert family art style is simply fantastic. There’s little that ever disappoints with Andy Kubert, the exception being a few preposterous anatomical poses but it’s comics. None-the-less, Andy Kubert style technique is splendid and a joy to take in. Story has greatly improved delivering delicious panels and prose. It’s great, because it feels that he really has found his place within issue #2. Kubert establishes excellent lore to this alternative-future take on Gotham City. Professor Pyg and his diabolical dollotrons make a cameo appearance, Pyg is a bit clammy. As well as the famed Grant Morrison Batman #666 interpretation of the cowl.
The supporting cast was present, but completely soulless. The characters were a shadow of their popular persona’s, Alfred being the most shocking. It’s there that really breaks the illusion of the Kubert’s storytelling.
Fans of Kubert’s art style will devour every delectable panel, page by succulent page. As was mentioned the illusion is quickly broken once the supporting cast begins to speak. With each word you felt the ‘forced’ direction the writer was pushing for Damian. So much that it does break the character’s original-famed dynamic. After that the simple cameo’s of our favorite villains, supporting cast, and the constant progression to the big reveal are what keeps bringing us back. This issue is progressively better than the first, the next can only get better and possibly address the characterization errors.
In the end, the book is solid. The actors on stage aren’t doing too well, but the story and art direction are superb. Here’s hoping that the next act will improve on some of these things.