Review: BATMAN: CREATURE OF THE NIGHT BOOK TWO

BATMAN: CREATURE OF THE NIGHT BOOK TWO
Written by Kurt Busiek
Art by John Paul Leon and Todd Klein
Edited by Chris Conroy and Joey Cavalieri
Published by DC Comics
Release Date: December 27, 2017

The world of young Bruce Wainwright continues to expand and add mystery upon mystery in this thematic sequel to Superman: Secret Identity.

Bruce, a lifelong fan of the comic character Batman, lost his parents to a crime very similar to his imaginary idol. In the first issue of this story, Bruce somehow conjures or connects with a mysterious and possibly supernatural version of Batman that starts stalking the streets, hunting criminals.

But is this Batman to be trusted?

Starting from a strong debut issue, the story grows in complexity with some interesting intersections of the lives of the Bruces Wainwright and Wayne. There are surprises and a lot of new questions in this issue and the shape of the tale is forming.

Leon continues his magnificent work on this book with expert use of color, darkness, and narrative flow. The juxtaposition of Bruce’s world of finance and school cuts a stark line against the activities of the ‘Batman.’ Leon is able to balance exposition-heavy scenes with action and keep a smooth flow throughout. Even Bruce spending a page reading newspapers flows effortlessly.

The highlight of the issue is when these two worlds bump into each other, with Bruce meeting Batman face-to-face, beginning to ask questions about his perhaps too convenient partner.

Starting strong, this issue still manages to raise the stakes and dig deeper into this story.

The Verdict: 8.0/10

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