In last month's issue of BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL
, the legendary pencils and inks of Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez and Kevin Nowlan brought the words of married writing duo Christina Weir and Nunzio DeFilippis to life in a new storyline that introduced their version of the old BATMAN
TV series villain King Tut into comics continuity.
And just like the first part, issue #27 is a fun, easy, breezy read starring Bruce Wayne as Batman.
This issue also moves better than #26, with Batman reluctantly teaming with The Riddler to stop King Tut from murdering his way through some Gotham City museum executives who have their own secrets to hide. The story is anything but silly, but it also doesn't take itself too seriously. It looks and feels like a classic 1970s Batman story, and that's not a bad thing at all.
Weir and DeFilippis have done a particularly good job in this story of showing The Riddler's confidence in the execution of his intellect. It drivess Batman crazy, and The Riddler's presence makes the people Batman's trying to protect feel predictably nervous and confused, but it also shows that Batman is smart, too, and smart enough to know when to get help. Batman is all about results, and using The Riddler to save lives is a necessary frustration.
We also find out who King Tut is in this issue, and Weir and DeFilippis endear themselves to me forever by working in a Steve Martin joke. The issue ends on an action spread that will thrill Indiana Jones fans, setting things up for an exciting climax next month.
This title has been very inconsistent since its debut, and it's tended to skew more towards bad than good. This current storyline certainly isn't the best Batman story I've ever read, but it moves well, it knows exactly what it wants to be, and does so capably with the fun and excitement that are just as absent from most of the Batman books these days as Bruce Wayne himself. So if you're tired of battles for cowls and scribblings on ancient cave walls, give this current storyline a spin. - John Bierly