Comic Book Reviews - Batman #11 Review
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As this issue opens, the new Owlman or Lincoln March is in the heat of battle with Bruce. They discuss their possible brotherhood as they continue to pull punches at one another. Unfortunately for Bruce, when he tries to knock him out a window, March has a jetpack. Bruce launches his grappling hook onto the back of it. However, Owlman directs it towards a building causing Bruce to crash. Bruce doesn’t give up though. As Bruce gets knocked around again, Owlman tries to escape on a nearby airplane. Bruce hangs onto it as he struggles to defeat his foe. As Bruce’s suit loses power, he begins to fall from the plane realizing what he can do for the lack of power. As he crashes from gliding down, Owlman picks up Bruce as he continues his evil monologue. As the building they’re in is set to blow, Bruce runs out of it before it blows up. Dick then comes to speak to Bruce where Bruce updates Dick about what concluded that night. Their relationship for the damage it endured recently is healed.
The backup deals with Jarvis Pennyworth and the taunts he received by the Court of Owls. He begins to recount the events that lead to the supposed death of Thomas Wayne Jr. albeit while having his son Alfred being threatened by the Court. As Jarvis is about to be killed, the note he was going to give Alfred warning him of what is to come is burned as one of the Owls finishes Jarvis off. The issue concludes with Alfred and Bruce at Jarvis’ grave concluding Bruce will find out the truth of Lincoln March/Thomas Wayne Jr./Owlman in time.
In the main story, Scott Snyder offers a solid conclusion. He concludes the Court story he has been telling but leaves many questions left unanswered. This leads me to think we will see the return of the Court down the road of his Batman run. Greg Capullo offers his best work on the series. From the Gotham skyline to a battered Bruce being held up by Owlman, Capullo gets to do it all in this issue. Now, I want to know what Joker will be like in the next main arc.
In the backup, Snyder and James Tynion IV does a nice job of finishing up the story. They conclude Jarvis’ story but also give us a bookmark final real ending to the whole Court saga. Rafael Albuquerque deserves more work on the series, and hopefully gets more because his rendering of Batman stories is quite excellent. He has a tone to his art that defines everything he draws. Hopefully, another storyline akin to this comes soon.