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Detective Comics #974 is the aftermath of "Fall of the Batmen" and the team is left a fractured mess. On one half you have those who are against the actions taken in the last issue by Batwoman, and then you have those (including Kate herself) justifying her actions. In both respects, you both points of view and get where the other thinks they're right. In the end, you'll probably side one over the other.
Me? Kate was SOOOOOO in the wrong. She took the easy way out and crossed a line that the modern Batman just doesn't do: kill to save a life. To do so would make him just the Punisher. This no-win scenario isn't helped by the fact that well, she wears a bat symbol while doing the act.
The symbol being something is a nice callback to Batgirl Vol. 1 #50, and it's exactly that callback which I love that Cassandra Cain herself called Kate on. You wear the symbol you define it. You kill? You aren't worthy of it.
Oh sure, right now you're saying, "What about Jason?" He's been rather lax on the extreme killing hasn't he since Rebirth no? It also doesn't help Kate's father Jacob is all happy for this given this means all she has is the Colony now. This new status quo for her will be interesting I have to confess, but so far I haven't noticed this status quo hitting her actual ongoing just this. So da hell?
I mean if I had a solo featuring this character. I'd exploit the hell out of this new status quo. Heck, it would so help Jean-Paul and Luke in defining why they side with her this issue more (it took me to realize Luke's viewpoint springs back to the finale of the first arc he's in of this comic). These characters desperately need this bit of spotlight given how little has been cast on them on the comic thus far.
Likewise, there's a lot to cover in this issue and damn does this comic look to be getting smaller. Just when Stephanie comes back a few issues ago, we're back to square one again. Stephanie's constant leaving the team is somewhat a joke at this point, which is sad at this point given the character can be better than that. It just feels like Tynion is tired of her.I almost wish there was another Bat comic out there to pick this plot thread up, but sadly there isn't. Again, Stephanie on her own should be something to check in on (and better than what we got when she went WILD CARD to the team in the Victim's Syndicate arc).
It just seems no main character in this comic can't have a happy ending. Just when you think happiness is round that corner, it's shattered completely. Which is surprising that the only one appears to get a happy ending is an actual member of the Victim Syndicate (whose backstory was enhanced in last week's stellar Annual of Tec that focused on Basi Karlo's modern origin for that extra gut punch). It's this one angle that I am getting tired on the comic.
JUST GIVE A CHARACTER A HAPPY ENDING! Or some constant happiness! This comic is starting to feel exactly like the Lego Batman song. SO MUCH DARKNESS! The opposite of light! As someone joked on Twitter a few weeks ago of the many times Cassandra has cried in this series. It's almost becoming a drinking rule if she cries take a shot! Heck, Tim is falling into that slot too as everything he does just ensure that dark future as well. I kind of hope these two bond more in the coming issues (unless of course, Cassandra leaves the comic next issue. It wouldn't surprise me given she hasn't shown up in solicitations that focus on Tim/Bruce). To restablish their prior Pre-New 52 kinship (instead of you know just telling us they're close again then showing it which has been a major gripe I've had about this comic). Given this comic has such a deep cast (even coming out twice a month), there are so many cuts to characters that it's a loss (see Luke and Jean-Paul).
That being said, this issue was one of the better ones were everyone got their moment. Now with the big status quo shake-up, I'm curious to see where this comic goes from here. I just hope this isn't the beginning of the end because I'll be the first one to admit it. This comic is literally the era of Batman I grew up on in the 90s and early 00s. In some ways, I enjoy it way more than at times Tom King's underwhelming Batman at times (but even that has had a few good notes, but none compared to this comic for me). This comic just gets some of these "misbegotten" characters that you'd wish have their own ongoing again. If that was ever gone. Damn what a void there'd be.
Still, for such a muddled arc prior (weak antagonists, Stephanie being all over the place, Kate's actions prior to what she does in #973) to just hit such an emotional high note with this one. It should be very interesting how #975 goes and where the group goes from here.