Review by: Andrew Gaboury

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Written by Judd Winick
Art by Marcus To & Ryan Winn
Cover by Marcus To

Size: 32 pages
Price: 2.99

I want this title to be good. I liked the first arc but the subsequent involvement of Batman and the Night of the Owls crossover were misplaced. The return of Batwing to Africa, dealing with a quintesentially African probelm of piracy sounding like a great plot and return to the roots of the character.

It was not to be. The entire Bat-family is here for some reason. Robin, Batman, Nightwing all accompany Batwing in this adventure. The pirates are only in it for a few pages and they are hacky generic amateurs. They even call themselves pirates like they’re Blackbeard. I was surprised there were no parrots or peglegs.
Then, it’s off to China for some reason. The draw to Batwing was his African setting. If DC wants a globetrotting Bat-character they should utilize Batman Inc. This doesn’t work at all.

The evil governor in Nigeria is a stereotype and the dialogue is absolutely awful. The characters are constantly referring to each other by name. It’s distracting. The reveal of the classic Bat-villain at the end is totally lame and the supernatural twist in China doesn’t look interesting at all.

This book went from a story based on the social and political situation in Africa to being a silly superhero book that is trying to be way too mainstream. I liked David Zavimbe’s backstory and temperament as it differentiated him from other Bat-characters but he’s basically an African Bruce Wayne. This series has so far ruined a good start and an amazingly awesome premise. I’m out until it gets back on track.

Story: 1 - Poor
Art: 3 - Good

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