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COMIC BOOK REVIEW:
BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #3

Author: Bill Ramey
Monday, March 5, 2007

FROM DC COMICS: "Part 3 of the 6-part 'Rules of Engagement,' written by Andy Diggle with art by Whilce Portacio and Richard Friend! The Bat-Plane is launched as Lex Luthor steps up his bid to own Gotham City like he does Metropolis. Luckily, Batman is bringing his own technological wonders to the battleagainst LexCorp! "

It’s no secret that I quite enjoy stories about the early years of The Batman’s career. YEAR ONE, THE LONG HALLOWEEN, BATMAN AND THE MONSTER MEN, and BATMAN AND THE MAD MONK are among my favorites books that deal with a rookie-ish Dark Knight. Also, BATMAN BEGINS -- in my opinion the best live-action BATMAN film to date -- also deals with the early years of The Caped Crusader.

So I was excited by the prospect of the new Batman comic BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL because it would focus on the same period of Batman’s career as the aforementioned books and film. But so far, “meh” is all I can muster up for this title.

Basically, issue #3 continues the “Waynetech vs. Luthorcorp/Good vs. Evil” storyline. Like the film BATMAN BEGINS, we get to see how Bruce Wayne acquired all of his “wonderful toys” -- this time, we witness the origin of the Bat-Plane.

Minor complaint here. Like in BATMAN BEGINS with the Batmobile, doesn’t anyone notice when Bruce Wayne takes something from Waynetech -- in this case the Bat flying-gizmo -- and uses it as Batman? I mean come on, at least explain it away a bit better!

On the whole, this story was OK at best. Maybe it’s just me, but the story is moving awfully slow -- and this storyline is going 6 issues! I had given the first issue high marks, but subsequent issues of BC has not met expectations.

A lot of the negative is the artwork. I don’t know if it’s because series artist Whilce Portacio just sucks or that one is forced to compare him to the likes of Jim Lee (ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN, Don Kramer (DETECTIVE), or Andy Kubert. Nonetheless, I know the artwork doesn’t help out matter all all. People look different from page to page and panel to panel. And frankly, Batman looks like crap -- especially the cowl/helmet.

Hey, I know this review is coming off as a rip-job on this title and I'm certainly not recommending that you spend your hard earned cast this title. Despite the faults, but I’m not ready to give up on it just yet. We're just getting started with BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL, so let' be patient -- at least for a little while longer.

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