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Advanced Review: The Black Bat #9

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Posted by: Byron Brewer, Contributing Editor
created 02/22/2014 - 11:45pm, updated 02/22/2014 - 11:55pm
Writer: 
Brian Buccellato,
Art: 
Ronan Cliquet,
Colors: 
Mat Lopes,
Letterer: 
Rob Steen,
Cover: 
Jae Lee,
Publisher: 
Dynamite Entertainment
Price: 
$3.99
Release Date: 
February 26, 2014

Under the creative pen of writer Brian Buccellato, The Black Bat has become one of the most puzzling mystery reads every month. And, need I say, entertaining.

The noir vibe is here in force, yes, but this is also a modern saga of redemption, revenge, renewal and corruption. The latter is served up plenty in issue #9.

To rescue the woman he loves, or thinks he loves, our hero must break his most dread enemy out of prison, the man who is responsible for all his current miseries, including the loss of his sight.

Or is he? The dramatic climax of this issue brings that in doubt, as well as presents a special predicament for the crimefighter’s continued future.

Meanwhile, the police and the DA’s office have put out a warrant for our vigilante, put prices on his head and who knows where that will lead. Buccellato has done an excellent job of allowing our protagonist to paint himself in a corner, with no which way to turn. I am curious myself.

What can I say about the continually excellent art of Ronan Cliquet? Competent and capturing Buccellato’s script perfectly .. in fact, without words a lot of times … Cliquet’s Black Bat this issue reminds me of Gene Colan’s early Daredevil work. The large panels, expressive human faces and taught action scenes: they all scream Colan, and they all scream excellence! Double kudos to the mute then powerful pallette of colorist Mat Lopes. Excellent!

The Black Bat may just be the best book on the stands you are not reading. If not, why not? For comic book fans, mystery fans, street level hero fans and (need I say?) “bat” fans, this is the one.