Wednesday, April 06, 2022

Reader's Diary #2299- Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray (writers), Eduardo Pansica and Julio Ferreira (artists): Luke Fox Batwing

Always interested in reading about a new superhero, Luke Fox's Batwing character has underwhelmed me as of yet. I haven't completely written him off, but it'll probably take a different writing team to convince me to try his comics again.

For the unfamiliar, Batman has essentially franchised out his image and technology, and entrusted a young black man named Luke Fox (who's also the son of Wayne Enterprise manager, Lucius Fox- though he's unaware of his son's new role). Batwing's suit, I'll give him, is actually cooler than Batman's and it puts him more in the league of say Iron Man or Black Panther. 

So there's some family drama which should make it interesting, but it doesn't pay off much in this collection. As for the superheroics, it's all pretty much a by the numbers bunch of stories, complete with average art and a smattering of jokes that don't land.

I also can't help but wonder if the character wouldn't be more interesting if he broke off from Batman and Gotham altogether, reworked the suit into a whole new bat-less identity. Then, I've never been much of a Batman fan.

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