‘Batman: Sins of the Father’ Graphic Novel Review

Set in-between season one and season two of ‘Batman: The Telltale Series‘ video game, ‘Batman: Sins of the Father‘ was published by DC Comics in 2018. It features writer Christos Gage and artwork from Raffaele Ienco.

Wayne Enterprises is still reeling from the scandal that Thomas Wayne was secretly working with Gotham City criminal Carmine Falcone, using Arkham Asylum to torture citizens who would not cooperate with their schemes. Bruce devises a plan to help the victims. However, former members of Arkham are targeted by a pair of assassins known as Deadshot and Black Spider. As Batman races to stop their deadly mission, he soon learns that the past is catching up to him.

I did enjoy the artwork. Though it was obviously in a different style than the video games, Ienco does a good job of replicating the likeness of the various characters. He is also incredibly skilled with the action sequences which were very impressive, especially the final showdown between Batman and Deadshot.

As for the story, I liked the idea of giving Deadshot a personal connection to Bruce Wayne, but I thought the way it was done was kind of off. I do not like this trend where part of Batman’s mission is to clean up a corrupt father. I think that cheapens the Dark Knight’s war on crime into a melodrama you would see in a B-action flick. It is a shortcut and not a twist, one I hope we can do away with forever.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments below. Tell me if there is a comic book, movie, or novel you would like me to review. While you are at it, check out my reviews of Peter Parker, Spider-Man: One Small Break and Alterna’s The Chair. Don’t forget to like, share, and subscribe for more posts like this one.

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