Thursday, 10 November 2016

Batman: As The Crow Flies Review (Judd Winick, Dustin Nguyen)

Penguin’s recruited Scarecrow to help corral his mob captains – and then suddenly a 10-foot tall Scarecrow monster begins murdering them! Sounds like a mystery for Scooby-Bat and the gang to solve! 

Batman: As the Crow Flies isn’t a great Batman book. It reads like a Scooby-Doo cartoon where the monster terrorises everyone for the duration with the story hinging on the reveal of who it really is. And they would’ve gotten away with it if it weren’t for the meddlin’ Bat-family! 

While Penguin’s Machiavellian plan was kinda clever and Dustin Nguyen’s art was decent, the story is spread thinly over five issues, is largely forgettable and ultimately inconsequential – are any readers keeping tabs on the Gotham underworld power structure? Exactly. 

Just a few issues after this, Judd Winick would go on to write one of the most significant and brilliant Batman books of the last ten years with Under the Red Hood where Jason Todd was resurrected and reintroduced to the DC Universe (there are a couple of scenes foreshadowing this event here too). As the Crow Flies though? Pointless and uninteresting!

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