DC Comics reviews for 2/21/18

Batman and The Signal #2


batman and the signal 2

The problem with three-issue limited series is that just when it really gets interesting they’re already wrapping up.

That’s definitely the case with the middle chapter of Batman and The Signal. Writer Tony Patrick does a commendable job moving the story along with leaving behind just enough breadcrumbs worth revisiting for an ongoing series. That’s not easy when Patrick has to swiftly create a conflict in two issues and resolve it with the final issue. While it moves at an accelerated pace, the story doesn’t feel shortchanged because of the short issue count.

Duke Thomas starts making some leads to discover why he is the source of so many new metas. There’s another Metal connection, which co-plotter Scott Snyder likely will follow up on the Dark Nights Metal finale.

Patrick also sets up some intriguing foundational elements for The Signal’s supporting cast, which already is playing out very different from his fellow Bat allies.

Cully Hamner’s art is really good throughout the issue. His work on the action sequences is particularly strong. It’s easy to appreciate Laura Martin’s bold colors as she strikes such a great contrast from the darker, moodier Batman books.

Two issues down and one to go, Batman and The Signal keeps lighting the path to a successful Batman spin-off. Time to get ready for the mini-series’ finale.

Rating: 9 out of 10

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