Aigh! So much good stuff this week. Feel free to share your own reading and reviews in the comments section or in the Comics Forum. Let’s get right to it.
Battle for the Cowl #3: Imagine, if you will, hunky Dick Grayson (aka Nightwing) wandering alone through the Batcave, reminiscing about Bruce (aka Batman) and singing “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miz. It fits, trust me. And that’s what I was imagining as I read the third installment of Dick’s slow realization that Gotham needs the specter of Batman to give the criminals pause and the civilians hope. This issue finds Dick large and in charge of the Network, the expansive group of Bat Buddies he’s accumulated to help fight crime in Gotham. Penguin and Two-Face finally realize they’ve been played by the so-called Black Mask, while Nightwing hunts down crazy old Jason Todd, who’s finally gone way over the deep end. Nightwing tries to break him by sharing Bruce’s last will and testament with him, where he alludes to some horrific childhood trauma Jason suffered. Needless to say, Jason doesn’t take this very well, and the fight escalates to the only two possible conclusions: Jason disappearing after a plunge into the harbor and Nightwing donning the cowl. Battle over? Can Dick evoke the same fear and obedience as the Batman? We’ll see. Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake. Bruce did like his raven-haired, lantern-jawed, strapping young men, didn’t he? Okay, Dick, sing: “He slept a summer by my side/He filled my days with endless wonder/He took my childhood in his stride/But he was gone when autumn came…”
(More of the Load after the jump…)