Batman vs Bigby! A Wolf in Gotham #3
Written by Bill Willingham
Art by Brian Level
Inks by Jay Leisten
Colors by Lee Lougheridge
Letters by Steve Wands
The Rundown: Batman narrows down a suspect as Bigby tries to help the innocent.
Leading up to a city wide disaster, an unusual group of villains move throughout the city and get the next part of their plan underway with deadly precision. As a stolen book-mobile destroys the Gotham Library, both Batman and Bigby move out to find the perpetrators. The Robins move out to protect bystanders and preserve evidence and two of them witness civilians being saved by a giant wolf.
Batman goes to meet with Gordon and reveals he has a suspect in mind but Bigby’s presence in the city puts him and his Robins on the attack as they work to force Bigby into another confrontation on Batman’s terms.
The Story: Willingham crafts an interesting story in this issue. While the overall plot is interesting, the individual elements aren’t really coming together in a manner that I would find compelling. There isn’t enough information about what Bigby is doing in Gotham for one to care about and the confrontations between he and Batman feel forced. Willingham has a lot of reverence for the characters he’s created for Fables, but it’s obvious that he doesn’t really seem to like Batman because he puts the character in positions where he makes the dumbest decisions possible for no discernable reason other than forcing another fight.
The Art: Level delivers some exciting visuals throughout the issue. There is some great visual flair to be found.