Part two of ‘Batman: The Imposter,’ is released via DC Comics Black Label and is supposedly tied to the upcoming Matt Reeves movie. It is written by Mattson Tomlin with artwork from Andrea Sorrentino and coloring by Jordie Bellaire.
Batman continues to visit Dr. Leslie Thompkins and tell her about the hunt for the imposter who has been killing villains. Detective Blair Wong of the Gotham City PD gives Bruce Wayne a visit and soon develops a relationship with him. Bruce feels guilty, however, as his feelings deepen for her, he uses her credentials to break into Wesker Corp and hack into their security. During an escape, he has a disturbing run-in with Arnold Wesker, but soon tracks down someone who knows the Imposter.
I know I am repeating myself, but my thoughts on the artwork in part one translate over to this issue. The artwork is interesting. It feels like they are going for a “modern pulp” look, but this gives all of the characters, outside of Batman in the Batsuit, just a generic look. That is not to say it was bad, it just did not give any uniqueness to the characters. Also, Bruce Wayne does not look like Robert Pattinson, which I suppose this comic book is supposed to be ahead of the Matt Reeves’ film The Batman.
As for the story, I like the overall idea of Bruce Wayne getting close to GCPD detective and chasing after an imposter who is framing him. It is the supporting elements that I did not like. Bruce mentions that his father “was not always kind.” I am not a fan of this smearing of Thomas Wayne, who was supposed to be a good person whose altruism got him killed. It also mentioned in flashbacks that when Bruce was a child, his anger was so out of control that Alfred sent him to a Russian military school where he vanished. This “subversion” of fan expectations are gross and yes, different universe, blah blah blah. It did not help me enjoy it in the least.
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