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BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #33

Author: Marcus Handleman
September 10, 2009

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OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS: "Batman learns that appearances can be deceiving in Moscow in part 3 of this 5-part story! Every mobster in Russia seems too terrified of the Tsar and his Bear to talk about the crime kingpin. But is Bear having doubts about his mission and his boss? Who can Batman trust in this unfamiliar city where nothing is as it seems?"

This is STILL BATMAN ON FILM.

This is STILL a review of BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #33.

And BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #33 is STILL…

Batman is trying to strike terror into the heart of Moscow.

The Bear is STILL wanting to take on Batman.

And the Tsar is STILL an international man of mystery.

All of which is where the story was at in issue #32. In short, issue #33 lost all momentum that had been generated in the previous two issues resulting in an issue that did not really go anywhere. This made “The Bat and The Beast” begin to feel as though it would have been better suited to a shorter run than to its slated 5 issues, as part 3 (of 5) did not contribute a great deal to the overall story.

Now this is not to say that it was bad, there was still plenty to enjoy from “The Bat and The Beast” part 3. There was emotional abuse, with the psychological torment of a hairy beast boy, and physical abuse, in Batman’s desperate attempt to be able to use his same fear inducing techniques abroad. Loads of abusive fun for the whole family!

But the most interesting development in this issue was the role of Colonel-General Lukzov, who is seen here to have greater connections to the goings on of the overall plot than previously alluded to, as well as showing him as no slouch in the police detective department either. Also, the emotional torment placed upon the Beast did create an engaging interaction, and there was some good old fashioned Batman-ing presented through out.

With two more issues left in this current story, BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #33may end up paying off in a major way. However, with the minor developments that occurred here I can’t help but feel that this was a story that was stretched to fill more issues than the story would have one so naturally. Based on the strength of issues #31 and #32, I’ll be picking up 34 and 35 to see how the overall story stands up

"Marcus Handleman" is a Batman fan who also loves all things
DCU and whose comic reading hobby is closer to an addiction.
He contributes to BOF with his participation and production of the podcast, helping out with the community,
and by providing writings, such as this one.

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