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The Battle Ends

June 11, 2009

     Well, there you have it.  As the whole world already knows, we have a new Batman and a new Robin.  Tony Daniel’s Batman: Battle for the Cowl chronicles the conflict between the three Robins over the legacy of Batman, as well as the mysterious new Black Mask’s attempts to destroy Gotham City.  In the last issue, Nighwing chases after Robin, who dressed up as Batman and was possibly killed by the insane Jason Todd.  Meanwhile, Gotham City burns, and the Black Mask continues to be cryptic.  Squire and Damian Wayne end up going after Nightwing, and Nightwing and Todd have a climactic battle.  By the end, the legacy is passed on, and the new Batman is ready to save Gotham.

     As with the last issue, the end of Battle for the Cowl is highly predictable.  Tim Drake is alive.  The exact people you think will become Batman and Robin do just that.  And yet, there are a few things that shine out.  For one, I really like Tony Daniel’s treatment of Jason Todd.  The whole idea of bringing him back from the dead was a massive mistake, but Daniel understands him quite well.  Then there’s the mystery of who the new Black Mask really is.  Jason Todd knows who he is, but no one else does.  And this guy managed to wreck Gotham City, so he’s big news.  Hopefully, we’ll be seeing him soon in either Batman or Batman and Robin.  Daniel’s artwork wasn’t as great as what he did with the last two issues, but this story was fun enough that it doesn’t really matter.  While it was in no way shocking, it was well-written and nice to look at.  It’s as good as a story can be under such circumstances.

Plot: 8.7      Art: 8.7      Dialogue: 8.7      Overall: 8.7

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