Title: Batman Confidential #1
Writer: Andy Diggle
Penciler: Whilce Portacio
Reviewed by John Lewis and Tony â€œDeadFettâ€ Mourlot
Tony Mourlot: This is the first issue in a new Batman series. This arc begins shortly after Batmanâ€™s Year One. I thought the story here was fairly good. I like seeing the young Batman who is a little unsure of his mission. It makes him seem a little more human than the regular DCU version. I enjoyed the appearance of Lucius Fox. The scene with him and Bruce reminded me of Batman Begins. I enjoyed seeing Bruce get as much face time as Batman did. The part with Bruce and Lex in bidding for the contracts gave us a glimpse of Bruce we donâ€™t see that often anymore. What did you think of this issue?
Tony Mourlot: No shitâ€¦I never noticedâ€¦
John Lewis: Itâ€™s an often over-looked fact.Okay, I guess I should be serious *pulls up pants*. Iâ€™m a huge fan of Diggleâ€™s stuff but thought this issue was only so-so. I did like the Luthor-Wayne interaction and think that a more human-like Batman is best but it just felt like something was missing from it from making it really great. It has potential.
Tony Mourlot: I didnâ€™t really care for the art that much. I havenâ€™t see much of Portacioâ€™s work since he did X-Factor and Uncanny X-Men years ago at Marvel. I liked his art then but looking at this issue had me wondering what happened. I thought his backgrounds and layouts were good here but the characters, mostly their faces, looked bad to me. What are your thoughts on the art? And this time, leave your pants on.
John Lewis: NEVER!!!Yeah, I agree. I think his Alfred was the best but didnâ€™t look too Alfred-y. I really didnâ€™t dig his Luthor though with the shadowing instead of pupils.
Tony Mourlot: I definitely plan on getting the second issue. I like where itâ€™s headed so far. Anyhting else to add?
John Lewis: Yeah, Iâ€™m getting the second too. Make-or-break issue.
Posted originally: 2006-12-12 00:59:21