The Next Batman: Second Son #11
Written by John Ridley
Pencils by Travel Foreman
Inks by Norm Rapmund
Colors by Rex Lokus
Letters by Deron Bennett
The Rundown: The battle against Arkadine’s crew continues as Batman attempts to retrieve the courier’s package. Tanya Fox makes amends.
Katana aides an injured Batman in his confrontation with The Morrigan. The two women are embroiled in combat when the GCPD arrive. After a quick skirmish with the agency, Katana and Batman make their escape. Later, the two discuss their shared history and Jace’s emotional health. Meanwhile, Tanya Fox meets with the Acevedo family.
The penultimate issue of this series is filled with excitement and action. I really enjoyed seeing Katana at work! Also, I like the way Ridley teases the audience with both new mysteries and potential villains for our hero. And although I am sad the series is ending, I can’t wait to see how Jace’s story wraps up in the next edition.
This issue is steeped in action. Intense combat scenes created by Foreman ensure the reader is fully engaged. But in the quieter moments, the use of facial expression and demeanor is emotionally connect the audience. The art here is well done and serves to enhance the tale.
jeffreyimmusaMay 14, 2021 - 10:51 am
I find it deeply troubling how the issue of morality is glossed over in this story. How many others are persecuted by the powerful, like Edgar Acevedo, and the pain of the injustice of the murder of his father, are genuinely seeking justice – from those who consider themselves “heroes.” Any of us who have had family members attacked, injured, or (God forbid) killed by someone who escapes justice would understand Edgar Acevedo, who is the only actual hero in this story. And an actual murderess acting as a costumed “hero” tells Jace to “get over” criminal guilt. In any world I know, we know the consequences would be for anyone pulling a sword out to attack police. I don’t know how we can discuss the story, the art, etc., without the foundational conflicts of morality here.