Overview: Batman: City Legends # 1 presents us with 4 tales in and round Gotham Metropolis, with Batman, Harley Quinn, Grifter and Pink Hood.

Editor’s Observe: As a result of anthological nature of this assortment, we’ll be presenting a synopsis and evaluation for every quick story, somewhat than breaking apart the synopsis and evaluation. Spoilers will definitely be revealed.

Story # 1: “Cheer” by author Chip Zdarsky and artists Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira and Marcus To

Synopsis: A person flees from Pink Hood, whose internal monologue displays on how Batman saved using concern to himself. Nonetheless, Pink Hood makes use of rubber bullets, acknowledging that that is the compromise he’ll make to work in Gotham. Pink Hood forces the person to disclose the place he acquired the medicine that destroy the Bowery: cheerdrops. They’re really fairly benign or can be, with the exception that folks taking them keep in a euphoric state completely disconnected, inflicting them to wander in oncoming site visitors. Interested by the consequences on the youngsters, Jason thinks again to a few of his time studying to be Robin with Alfred, the latter warning him that he wanted to observe. Within the reminiscence sequence, Jason discovers the gathering of weapons in Batcave’s arsenal, and Batman explains that he wants to know weapons for his job however it’s a weapon from free.

Flash ahead, and Batman is pressured to rescue a horseman who’s excessive on the cheerdrops. On the bottom far beneath, a policeman shoots Batman, saying the “monsters” are solely imitating him. Pink Hood enters the constructing that allegedly supplied cheerdrops and enters an condominium the place a younger lady is comatose on the mattress, her mouth frozen in a smile. A younger boy cries in concern as Pink Hood approaches, however Pink Hood comforts him and discovers the daddy’s title. He contacts Oracle for a hint.

Again within the Batcave, Batman has analyzed a pattern of cheerdrops and discovers that it’s a modified model of Scarecrow’s concern fuel. However Jonathan Crane would have died, as confirmed by Oracle. Oracle then warns Batman that Jason can be investigating medicine, and Batman darkens: “He is a killer, Barbara.” As he races into the Batmobile, Batman slips into the reminiscence of getting ready to combat Jason. In reminiscence, Alfred begs Batman to acknowledge that they each let Jason down and Bruce Wayne wants to assist him. Batman replies that Jason is killing folks and due to this fact Batman has to cease him.

Pink Hood locates the daddy’s deal with, stops to provide him his masks with the built-in communicator, and permits the boy to decide on the superhero title “Blue Hood”. Pink Hood infiltrates the drug gang at deal with and identifies the boy’s father, named “Andy”. Andy runs away and Pink Hood apprehends him with a rubber bullet. When Pink Hood questions him, Andy explains that he’s of no use to the mom or her boy, even when he gave the boy some cheerdrops to maintain him completely satisfied. Pink Hood grimaces, raises a gun and shoots Andy. This time the bullets will not be rubber.

Pink Hood instantly feels regret and falls to his knees.

Evaluation: It is a enjoyable and fascinating story. The same old tensions between Batman and Pink Hood are properly framed (weapons and homicide). Pink Hood tries to maintain his anger below management in order that he can assist out in Gotham when wanted, however, as all the time, it is troublesome to maintain his anger below management. Anger is an interesting emotion in comics typically – there’s clearly the Hulk within the Marvel Universe. However there are no less than some parts of anger in Batman, too; within the very first episode of Batman the animated collection, Batman proclaims: “I’m revenge!” It’s attainable to debate the suitable function, if any, of the anger that Batman must be in. In any occasion, hardly any conception of Batman can tolerate Pink Hood’s wrath, and Jason’s wrestle with himself and with Batman is captured properly on this story.

Concern performs a component within the story as properly, as Pink Hood believes Batman saved this explicit device to himself. The Batman narrative is essentially rooted in concern, because the Nolan Trilogy superbly explores. And the function of concern is underscored by the scarecrow’s obvious resuscitation in cheerdrops. I like Scarecrow and suppose he is a deeply underrated thug, so it is good to see him seem in such outstanding roles in the primary guide (see Batman # 106!) and on this assortment. However the smirk on the younger mom’s face very clearly seems to be Joker-esque, so it stays to be seen which thug pulls the strings of this story.

Story # 2: “New Roots” by author Stephanie Phillips and artist Laura Braga

Synopsis: In a flashback, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy steal Penguin’s Iceberg Lounge. Ivy saves a plant from the freezing environment and provides it to Harley. Flash ahead, and Harley is on their lonesome in a humid greenhouse. She remembers the nice occasions with Ivy, engaged on the vegetation within the greenhouse and exploring the intimacy of their relationship. Their connection deepens, Ivy finally admitting that she loves Harley, however a clap of thunder spoils Harley’s reverie, and she or he is introduced again to the darkish, damp, and empty greenhouse. Harley notices a plant and realizes it is the identical jar of poison ivy they saved from the Iceberg Lounge and Ivy gave Harley in happier occasions. Harley returns to a deep kiss with Ivy and confirms her decision to attend for Ivy.

Evaluation: This story is basically a preview of the subsequent Harley quinn # 1, as author Stephanie Phillips notes (Phillips is the brand new author for HQ). I like Phillips’ Harley – she’s sturdy, shiny, and never outlined by her relationship or absence with the Joker. Harley’s queer identification is essential for a variety of causes as properly, and it is nice to see the intimacy of her relationship with Ivy centered on this information. She is shocked to understand that Ivy is in love along with her, and the dramatic rigidity builds as audiences marvel what occurred to Ivy and why Harley is on their lonesome within the dilapidated greenhouse.

Laura Braga’s artwork elegantly defines the variations in temper between the identical greenhouse, illuminated by the heat of Harley and Ivy’s relationship, now darkish and gloomy in Ivy’s absence. Cannot wait to see the place Phillips takes Harley within the eponymous guide!

Story # 3: “The Caretaker” by author Brandon Thomas and artist Max Dunbar

Synopsis: Black Lightning is being held in a jail someplace in Japan. He requires Metamorpho and, listening to a response, asks if he remembers what occurred. He remembers a ship chase, with dangerous guys chasing him in addition to Katana. The dangerous guys rain magic arrows on them. One hits Black Lightning within the arm. Katana protects Black Lightning from arrows. He does not actually bear in mind what occurred after that, however he will get them out of jail by channeling vitality by means of the ground and partitions.

Evaluation: I do not learn The Outsiders, so I discovered this complete story extraordinarily complicated. I like Katana as a full-fledged character, however to be sincere this story most likely is not written for anybody who is not already following the Outsiders. I am slightly curious to see what occurred with Katana.

Story # 4: “The Lengthy Con” by author Matthew Rosenberg and artist Ryan Benjamin

Synopsis: Years in the past, some type of shootout occurred in Halfway Metropolis. “Cole” is slightly shocked and struggles to maneuver to safer floor. A commanding officer tells Cole’s brother to guard him, however out of the blue Cole comes and jumps, weapons down. Cole is badly injured, as is his brother. However then assist arrives and they’re saved. Flash ahead, and Cole Money, aka “The Grifter,” pull out two morons approaching a helicopter on the bottom with “Kurlyenko” inside. An previous man swings at Grifter, and the 2 fall into the pool within the combat. A voice over Grifter’s communication informs him that the goons had been further bodyguards for Kurlyenko, who’s swinging within the water subsequent to Money.

Visitors eye the stage and contained in the mansion, Lucius Fox reads Grifter the riot act for his misstep. Fox provides in and drops Money in Gotham Metropolis after the occasion. Money walks over to a membership, and after many weapons are eliminated in a single slap, he receives the nod from Penguin, who’s accompanied by Nora Fries. After a confrontation, the scene switches to Money strolling alone in Gotham, speaking to his companion over the communication. He realizes he is being adopted and takes over Batman himself, placing a knife to his throat. Batman and Grifter argue, and Grifter tells Batman that he is aware of who he’s below the masks. Batman leaves and Grifter asks if his title is “Dave”.

The subsequent morning, Grifter struggles to remain awake for Lucius, presumably in Wayne Tower. He slips in a bit of ID from a passing safety guard and makes his approach by means of an internal sanctum with some critical laptop setup. The scene switches to the Gotham River at evening, the place Batman finds Nightwing at against the law scene. The physique is Nora Fries, who Batman says met Grifter earlier.

Evaluation: The story is complicated at first, but it surely slowly warms up. For all of his nastiness and obvious neglect, Money is definitely fairly environment friendly. We see him preventing Batman virtually at a standstill in the primary guide, after which once more, he manages to sneak up on the Caped Crusader – no small feat. Batman, like us, needs to know why Money meets Penguin and Nora Fries if he claims to work for Lucius. As well as, who’s Money’s communication companion?

There’s not lots happening on this story, and Grifter nonetheless feels slightly bit drifted, but it surely’s fairly entertaining. Seeing Dick as Nightwing in any capability stays thrilling, though it is unclear why he is in Gotham with Batman. Selecting up Nora Fries from the story introduced over a yr in the past in Detective Comics # 1016 is a good suggestion, despite the fact that she’s greater than virtually lifeless we’ll have to attend a bit longer to search out out extra about what she’s been as much as with Penguin and Grifter.

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Batman: City Legends # 1

General rating


I take pleasure in Gotham-centric tales as a result of the cityscape is a part of what units the Batman universe aside. Nonetheless, the tales in Batman: City Legends # 1 appear spotty in high quality and depth. The tales of Pink Hood and Harley are wonderful, whereas the Outsiders story appears complicated and area of interest, and it is unclear whether or not Grifter is developed or significant sufficient of a personality to hold a narrative by itself. Nonetheless, the gathering is price following for the primary two tales solely.

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