The Next Batman: Second Son #9
Written by John Ridley
Art by Travel Foreman
Inks by Norm Rapmund
Colors by Rex Lokus
Letters by Deron Bennett
The Rundown: Jace remembers his teen years after a fatal accident. Lieutenant Chubb is confronted about her partner’s previous actions.
Jace Fox’s deposition comes to a close. After an intense conversation with his mother, he returns home. Feeling remorseful for his teenage mistakes, he recalls the period of his life immediately after his accident. Meanwhile, a conversation with Commissioner Montoya gives Lieutenant Chubb cause for concern.
The Story: Ridley takes a deep dive into the mind and heart of Jace Fox. As we learn more about his past, his resentment for his parents is explored, as is his drive to be a better person. It is interesting to see the Foxes in an untoward position. I like when the darker side of Gotham’s elite is explored. It shows that the line between hero and villain depends on intent and perspective. Jace’s story is always compelling, and I am excited to know more about his life.
The Art: Expressive drawings show the emotion of the characters. While cool tones encapsulate the mood of the tale. This limited action issue is immersive in its context and allows you to fully engage with the mindset of the characters portrayed.
Jeffrey ImmApril 29, 2021 - 7:14 am
Reviewer Timala Elliott writes: “the line between hero and villain depends on intent and perspective.” But is it? Is leaving an innocent person to die in the street, after you run them over, simply a matter of “intent and perspective”? Or do we respect life and one another, and we share values and mores which are essential for our functioning as a cohesive society and credibility for any shared law? Because is crime and criminal violence is only a matter of intent and perspective, who is say any criminal act or actions are “wrong”? I question whether such level of relativism can work in a diverse democracy, and whether it actually leads to rationalization for police state thinking.
There is more to this story and this use of the comic book forum for dialogue on crime and responsibility than simply admiring art and drawing.