Detective Comics #956
The League of Shadows arc ran long enough to lose some of the steam, but the finale regained that momentum. This might not have been the strongest arc since the series started, but it remained entertaining.
Writer James Tynion IV gives this final act an action movie feel. Complete with a big showdown, a ticking bomb and a dramatic last second rescue. Team Batman finally rallied and were reunited to take down Shiva and her League of Shadows. But ultimately, this showdown was destined to come down to Shiva battling her daughter, Orphan, one more time.
I’m optimistic in the next arc that Tynion does more with newer recruits Batwing and Azrael. The few scenes they’ve had together have shown this unlikely pairing has potential to be a fun duo in Team Batman.
With Red Robin gone, the team is largely comprised of strangers learning to come together as a team. I’m looking forward to Tynion revisiting that theme more instead of the previous character focused arcs. The character spotlights on Batwoman, The Spoiler and Orphan have been great, but they’ve hindered the team’s growth.
Artist Marcio Takara does an excellent job conveying the characters’ emotions. Takara has the kind of emotive style that doesn’t even need dialogue as the character movements and expressions are enough,
The line work is still too heavy at times and the panel layout is occasionally confusing. Overall, Takara’s dramatic style worked for this storyline, but a more streamlined approach might be better suited long term for the title.
Tynion hints he’s taking Batman and company down a different path for the next big arc. Considering the topic that should prove very interesting. For those who enjoyed the previous installments of League of Shadows this was a fitting conclusion, but it’s time to move on to new challenges and opponents.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10