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COMIC BOOK REVIEW

BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #19

Author: John Bierly
Sunday, July 20, 2008

FROM DC COMICS: "Batgirl and Catwoman keep crossing paths and wrestling over a notebook stolen from Commissioner Gordon. But who's the mysterious third party involved? And where's he pointing that big gun?"

Part three of "The Cat and The Bat" unfolds (with two parts to go) with the release of BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #19.

I was hard on the first two issues; I liked the wordplay between Catwoman and Batgirl but didn't care for the absence of Batman or the sexually exploitative nature of Fabian Nicieza's story. I know it was played for laughs, but I felt it was maybe a bit much.

This issue is easily the best and most enjoyable issue of the arc so far, and features a last-page appearance by someone whose presence will likely make the final two issues very interesting.

When last we left our grappling gals, a gun-shot Catwoman was careening off a rooftop with Batgirl going off after her. Batgirl catches her and secures them with a cable, but the mysterious sniper keeps the bullets coming and the ladies crash into a dumpster.

I won't spoil it for you, but there's a HILARIOUS play on a VERY important phrase from the end of BATMAN BEGINS on the bottom of page 4 that was my first clue to thinking this issue was going to be better than the last two.

And another great line one page later:

Batgirl: “You're a real glass is half-empty kinda gal, huh?”

Catwoman: “It's been a half-empty kinda night.”

Basically, this issue takes the elements I liked about the previous two installments and pumps them up and lets them breathe. The girls become unlikely allies against the Russians who've kidnapped one of Selina's friends as the truth behind why Catwoman stole Jim Gordon's notebook is revealed.

I like this issue a lot. Kevin Maguire's art is lots of fun and I liked the script infinitely more than the two before it. Two more issues to go.

And hey! Go see THE DARK KNIGHT!

Indiana native John Bierly started writing for publications when he was 17 and never stopped.
His favorite things in life are family and friends, concerts, burgers, Mountain Dew, and, of course...
...THE BATMAN!
You can read his blog at JOHNBIERLY.COM.

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