Reviews Batman Annual #27 and Detective Comics Annual #11 and Darker Than Black backup story

Comic book reviews for Batman Annual #27 and Detective Comics Annual #11 by Fabian Nicieza and backup story Darker Than Black, Part 1 and Part 2 by Mandy McMurray

Batman Annual #27 Detective Comics Annual #11

Erica gives this comic three starsBatman Annual #27 by Fabian Nicieza

So maybe I’m just behind the times, but when did Batman start working with the Gotham PD a) as a team and b) unmasked? Because seriously, is that what you call a disguise?

Damien is really a little brat. I didn’t realize he was only supposed to be 10-years-old. Wow, Dick’s being just as shady as Bruce was with him. And look how well that turned out. Okay, I know Damien has a different origin and was raised to evil or whatever. But seriously, he’s still a 10-year-old. He still has a 10-year-old’s motor skills, muscles, and thought processes.

I liked Azrael and his special brand of crazy here. Of course, there’s religion involved. And of course, the only reason he’s really helping is because Damien is not the right boy for the sacrifice. Of course, depending on what sin Damien is supposed to represent, a Wayne might be a better sacrifice than the other boy.

Erica gives this comic two starsDarker Than Black by Mandy McMurray

This is really an uneven story. I really like the set-up that the guy they nab at the end isn’t the real killer. Just one.

However, you know Babs is right the entire time. You know she’s going to figure out who did it. You know she’s going to save the day. Because she’s Babs. Because she’s right. Which really takes away the layers of the other characters.

I also thought that Kelley Jones’ art was uneven as well. Sometimes I really think s/he’s bringing the art to life and sometimes, the proportions, especially on faces, are just all wrong.

Erica gives this comic three starsDetective Comics Annual #11 by Fabian Nicieza

I rather loved Renee having all the answers to the questions. But that’s what she’s good at. Also her hatred of Gotham and how crazy things get there. Seems like she’s always been attacked by the mind-controlled public by cultists, poor Renee.

I thought that Dick saying he wasn’t your daddy’s Batman as he stayed to protect the child was perfect. Why should Batman always get all the fun? It’s totally true that Bruce would’ve shoved the kid aside and hoped the police came to pick him up.

In the end, the storyline was only okay. Entertaining enough. But the plot wasn’t really strong or very fleshed out. It seemed too ambitious for a two-issue comic.

Erica gives this comic two starsDarker Than Black by Mandy McMurray

As for the backup story, again it was another story that was far too ambitious. I mean, is this plot going to be following Babs into the Batgirl comic? It felt really unfinished.

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