[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: Jimmy Palmiotti
Artist: Patch Zircher
Colors: John Kalisz
Letters: Tom Napolitano
“ONE MORE CHANCE” PART 2! – As Batman is on the search for a missing deaf girl, he is led back to a place from his past he never expected to revisit – The Monarch Theater!
Just like the previous issue, this one served as a very solid Batman story, one that was engaging and easy to read. This two-parter acts the same as a normal one-shot comic that you might find in your local comic book shop. It’s a self-contained story, and the best part about it, is that none of Batman’s rogues gallery is involved. It’s a straight-up, true detective story, something you don’t get from Batman tales as nearly as we should.
Seeing Batman take out some thugs after just getting hit by a car is fantastic. It shows that, even though he may not have super powers, he is still a superhero, because that is something that most people would not be able to do. His sheer strength of will is enough to rival any man, and watching him make his way through that theater, going through one bad guy to the next, is the perfect example of this.
Palmiotti knows just how to tell a great story. You understand the pain that Bruce has gone through over the years. From the death of his parents to the years of battling villains in Gotham City, his history is nicely laid out for those new to his story.
But one of my favorite parts of this story was the emotional interactions between Batman and the deaf girl. It’s moments like this that remind you that Bruce isn’t just full of darkness. There will always be a light within him, which makes those moments that much more special.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the beautiful art by Patch Zircher. His ability to create dynamic motion is fantastic and really brings the images to life.
Did Batman just hang a guy in front of a little girl?? The grappling hook goes around the guys neck and he goes up, and all we see is his feet hanging there. And we never see him again. This isn’t really a “negative” per se, but it was something odd that stuck out to me and I wanted to mention it.
Other than that, I had absolutely no problems with this issue. I love what DC is doing with these Walmart Giant-Sized books. They’re a great thing for new readers and old readers alike.
Overall, this was a wonderful wrap up to this short Batman story and a great start for these Walmart Giant-Sized books. Hopefully, they will continue to be a good as these first two have been.