Sunday, June 10, 2012

Batman: Eye of the Beholder

Batman:  Eye of the Beholder is by Tony S. Daniel, who takes us further along into canon storyline to a time when Gotham has two Batmans, the original (ie, Bruce Wayne) and Dick Grayson, the original Robin, is a second Batman (why isn’t he Nightwing?), and now Robin is Damian Wayne, presumably Bruce’s son?  Anyway, to completely understand is not necessary.  It all goes down quite smoothly with the recent Catwoman volumes, where Selina has semi-retired.  However, it’s all about the second (or third?) generations in Eye of the Beholder, where there’s a Catgirl (complete with pink boots) and the Riddler’s daughter, codenamed Enigma.  Is it all a bit too much to take in?  Perhaps, but that doesn’t stop the art, by Tony S. Daniel, Sandu Florea, and Ryan Winn, from being spectacular.  A new disguised character named Peacock makes a brief appearance, along with her mute brother who takes a cue from L in Death Note.   
Pieces, also in this volume, is written by Daniel and inked by Steve Scott.  It’s a tale of Two Face returning to Gotham after an absence and the mysterious presence and motives of Gilda, who you may recall from titles such as Dark Victory.  It’s a twisty-turn-y mystery that doesn’t end well for anyone. 

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