Batman Confidential #3

Batman Confidential #3 Cover

Cover

Apr 2007 | DC

Writing: Andy Diggle
Pencils: Whilce Portacio
Ink: Richard Friend
Colour: I.L.L.
Letters: Rob Leigh

Rules of Engagement. Part Three

Batman infiltrates Lex Corp for some answers.

Holy crap! Is it me, or does Batman’s muscles look weird on the cover? Wow. I really can’t get behind this artwork. I’m started to get irritated that my favorite super is so ugly. How can this happen? The plane looks pretty retarded, too.

Barely into the issue I chuckle when Batman uses his tech to watch a security guard enter a “27 digit alphanumeric sequence” floor access code. The keypad in the next frame is entirely numeric. Aside from that, more mystery elements come into play. Luthor’s plan is pretty detailed, using Crabtree’s DNA to artificially inseminate a hooker that wanted out and pretty much destroy his career and family. That as a nice connection for the dead hooker at the beginning of this series. The end result of all this is really intriguing me. At any rate, I’m always happy to see more of Lex Luthor.

You’re supposed to be my head of security, which implies that my property should be–

what’s the word?

oh yes…

–SECURE!

The story still had me going wondering what Luthor’s master plan was especially now after getting the defense contract. I’ve always been partial to the evil billionaire genius, and I’m hoping this will turn out good. My hopes filled with worry, though when I got to the end. A metal bat? Seriously? And it looks retarded.

I just don’t know about this, now. That metal bat is almost enough for me to quit, but Im going to cling to hope, and buddy Lex, cross my fingers and duke it out a bit longer.

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Batman Confidential #2

Batman Confidential #2

Mar 2007 | DC

Writing: Andy Diggle
Pencils: Whilce Portacio
Ink: Richard Friend
Colour: I.L.L.
Letters: Travis Lanham

Rules of Engagement. Part Two

The haywire Wayntech O.G.R.E attcks Lex Luthor leaving Batman with a mystery of why it went haywire and why Lex Luthor.

When I saw the cover of this issue, I wanted to ask a few friends of mine what was wrong with the cover. Batman looks so awkward. I stared at it for a long time wondering if the art would start distracting me from the story. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case. I’ve dealt with art I didn’t particularly like before, I just mostly ignore it. I couldn’t ignore how funky the Batmobile looked at the end of the issue. Holy crap!

Well, the crazy robot caused some destruction. Batman had troubles dealing with it and I could almost hear the continual frustration about his failures while reading his exposition. I’m still fairely hooked on this. The mystery elements made me think a lot and try and guess the connection to Lex Luthor and also guessing what villain(s) could be involved. Of course, by the end of the issue the villain was revealed. I hoped for something a bit less obvious, though. I wanted something more exciting. I did feel a bit sheepish when I didn’t realize the deal with the O.G.R.E. robot going haywire. Well, stupid, really.

At any rate, I will at least see this story through. If I still feel pretty good about it, I’ll keep going.

Batman Confidential #1

Batman Confidential #1

Feb 2007 | DC

Writing: Andy Diggle
Pencils: Whilce Portacio
Ink: Richard Friend
Colour: David Baron
Letters: Travis Lanham

Rules of Engagement. Part One

Batman’s been on the beat for a year and frustrated with the results of his actions having low impact. Meanwhile, Bruce and Lex Luthor bid for a defense deparment contract. Problems ensue when one of Wayneteck’s O.G.R.E’s goes ape.

I started in on this series after reading the Batman Year One TPB which rekindled my love for Batman and Gotham City. The title for this series had intrigued me, so here I am.

At first glance, I can’t say that the cover grabbed me in any way, other than the art looked really odd to me, along with the design. I can’t say I recognize the artist from anything else I’ve read. As I started in on the book, I found the art to be a bit off-putting. I’m not going to say that it is absolutely dreadful, but I really think everyone looks ugly, and there are several frames that look really funky. I mean, really funky. But aside from that, the writing is rather good and kept my interest throughout.

I like it when supers fail. In fact, I like it when any hero fails. I get really sick of the ‘good guys always win all the time’ scenarios and to open the book with a fail and his frustrations that what he’s doing just isn’t going deep enough, it really sucked me in. I liked seeing him angry and dark. He’s Batman. He’s badass.

Your life could end here, now, and nobody would ever know. Would anyone even miss you? Tell me, what’s your life worth, punk… ?

Lex Luthor is also a favorite villain of mine, and I was very ecstatic to see him in this. I’m curious if he has anything to do the robot going haywire, or if it’s someone else.

I’m going to keep going with this and hope the story keeps holding my interest. Seeing a giant robot attack Gotham should be good.

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