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"Man-Bat #2" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by DC Comics

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Written by Dave Wielgosz
Illustrated by Sumit Kumar
Colored by Romulo Fajardo Jr
Lettered by Tom Napolitano
2021, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on March 2nd, 2021

Review:

After giving in to his monstrous alter ego, Kirk Langstrom is on the run. If he can only get a few moments of peace and quiet, he can work on his serum and get his head on straight. That's easier said than done since the Suicide Squad has tracked him down. Although their orders are to capture, not kill, when has this group ever played by the rules?

The battle between Man-Bat and the Suicide Squad makes up the bulk of this issue and it's some pretty epic stuff. It's amazing to see Man-Bat tear through the likes of Killer Croc, Deadshot, and Captain Boomerang like a man possessed. Artist Sumit Kumar raises the tension with some great layouts and exciting angles. An early favorite comes in a double-page spread as Langstrom leaps for cover as bullets fly through his window sending shattered glass and other debris into the air. Smaller panels showing key details are among the wreckage.

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Kumar's forms are rather uneven throughout Man-Bat #2. Some are normal with sharp pencils, but there are often shots where the anatomy is off. For example, the first time we see Killer Croc, he looks like 75% of his body is his chest with these tiny arms. This theme pops up a few more times, with people having huge torsos and small limbs.

This fight happens in the middle of the day, yet it's just as frightening as the one we saw in the dead of night during the previous issue. Colorist Romulo Fajardo Jr creates some shadows in the sunlight thanks to Man-Bat's leathery wings. This makes for an interesting contrast, as it otherwise looks like an ordinary day in a quaint house in the country.

As the battle heats up, Man-Bat's animalistic side comes out, shown well by letterer Tom Napolitano. Where Langstrom speaks in the deliberate tones of an educated doctor, Man-Bat is pure emotion. His words are shorter, yet larger in appearance.

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While the fight between Man-Bat and the Suicide Squad is cool, the big takeaway from this issue is what Scarecrow is up to in a brief scene. I'm betting Gotham City will need Man-Bat to help figure this out soon, as Jonathan Crane is turning henchmen into monsters. I'm curious where writer Dave Wielgosz is going to take this next.

This mini-series has given me a newfound appreciation for Man-Bat. He's a tragic character who's trying to do the right thing, but society is stopping him from carrying out his destiny. He's a misunderstood monster, more like Frankenstein's monster than Dracula.

Grades:

Story: threeandahalfstars Cover
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Art: threestars
Overall: 3.5 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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