Batwing #1 Review

A review of Batwing #1

Batwing #1 was introduced as a part of DC's recent event, 'The New 52', written by British comics artist Ben Oliver and drawn by American comic book writer Judd Winick.

The first issue started off with an outright confrontation between Batwing and a masked antagonist named Massacre, who was probably attempting to live up to his namesake with the aid of a bus load of passengers. The altercation ended with Massacre sticking a knife through one of Batwing’s artificial wings into a wall and proceeding to resume unfinished business.

The story swivels back on a retrospection of things six weeks ago, where Batwing was engaged with an African drug lord named Blood Tiger and his cronies on a firing spree, followed by a disclosure of how David Zavimbe was inspire to take on the wings of a bat. Batwing was further aided by the Dark Knight of Gotham while Batwing took off into the skies with Blood Tiger in an aerial interrogation session, where Blood Tiger pleaded to be put out of his misery through whatever means the vigilante had in mind instead of being slaughtered by whoever it was that scared off the man from making considerable profit. It was later Batwing was shown an altar of mutilated bodies that had frightened the man so badly.

David Zavimbe was revealed to be a police officer of Tinasha’s police force, whose contempt toward the bribe-infested force of supposed justice and law enforcement extended short of one Officer Kia Okuru, regarded still in possession of a somewhat firm sense of righteousness. David was also able to justify Officer Okuru’s basic police prowess by leaving a presumably stolen wallet out among the bodies as a small piece of evidence to an otherwise unresolved case.

As it turned out, the wallet had belonged to one Dede Yeboah, though whether Yeboah had been among the deceased was as yet open for debate. From his rummaging through the man’s background courtesy of the technological means provided by Batman himself in Batwing’s own Batcave which he named the Haven, and as well with the aid of Batwing’s Lucius Fox, Matu Ba, it was found Dede Yeboah, presently deceased or otherwise, had been Earth Strike, a superpowered member of the Kingdom, the first team of superheroes to emerge in the country before receding into obscurity after ending a revolution.

Riddled with questions, Officer Zavimbe returned to the police department, only to find a grotesquely similar scene of decapitated bodies within. Before pushing the blame deeper on him for the deaths of his colleagues, a knife went through him from behind, Massacre holding the other end of the instrument.

Despite being an African derivative of Gotham’s own urban myth, Batwing stood out as a Commissioner Gordon who had taken on the cowl of the bat, both equally sickened by corruption within an establishment sworn to keep the peace. The presence of Batman would mean something so significant as to extract the Dark Knight out of Gotham city might be going on, aside from overseeing Batwing’s progress. Representing a fresh change from the superheroes of DC premised typically in the States, Batwing is definitely one among a gamut of bat-themed vigilantes worthy of high regard, and might even prove as competent a vigilante as the Dark Knight himself.

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Phoenix Montoya
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Posted on Nov 8, 2011