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Batman #15 is the conclusion of the very short mini-arc that bridges the previous “I am Suicide” and the upcoming “I am Bane” story arcs. Batman #14 showed us that for a night, Batman and Catwoman can have it all. IN Batman #15 Tom King explains that for the Dark Knight, nothing truly is a happy ending. Our Batman aficionado, Abel Loza, breaks down the latest issue in the Batman mains series.
Review: Batman #15
“What then did she steal, sir?” “The night, Alfred. The night. She stole the night.”
The story stars as Bruce and Selena are reminiscing about the first time they saw and met each other. Bruce remembers Selena, who was dressed as an old woman and was caught trying to steal diamonds. After their short trip down memory lane, Selena tells “Bat” she loves him. More shockingly, Bruce tells “Cat” that he loves her too. Catwoman, who is still scheduled to go into Blackgate prison, can’t go in that easily so she jumps of the rooftop and escapes from Batman.
While Batman is off chasing Catwoman we check in with Jim Gordon. While in his underwear, Batman shows up to ask for help while nearly scaring Gordon to death. Batman is concerned with the name Holly Robinson. He believes it to be either an alias for Selena or someone that might know where she is. Batman knows this is his only lead to get Selena and needs Gordon to help him out.
Batman eventually finds Holly Robinson, who seems to not know who Holly Robinson really is. After some talking to from Batman, and explaining that he knows Selena is innocent, he wants to help Catwoman but needs Holly to help. While getting the info he needs, Batman is betrayed by Holly and his almost left for dead. Before Batman falls to his death, Catwoman catches him and brings him up to the rooftops.
While Bruce is recovering at home, Selena explains that while they were growing at the orphanage, Selena and Holly would train together, and eventually became friends. Although they were friends Selena said that Holly’s anger has always an issue. Her anger hit a boiling point when the orphanage burned down and made Holly kill the 237 men. So Catwoman took the fall.
So while Bruce recovered from his wounds, Catwoman went off to find Holly. Batman learns of Catwoman’s departure and follows suit.
Not everything can be a happy ending for Bruce, as we learned in Batman #15. After a long and special night with Selena, it ended with Batman falling out of a window almost bleeding to death. Those series of events in a single night, in that order, could only happen to Batman. Although not everything finished great for Batman, I did get a lot of enjoyment from not only this single issue, but the 2 series-long arc, which tells a much more personal story. These sorts of short mini-arcs feel much more “old school”.
I have to say that I am a true believer in these smaller, more involved arcs now. I grew up in an age where it meant the bigger the story arc or event, the better it was. Tom King has reminded me that a shorter story arc is just as good, if not better, than a long and drawn out story. A shorter arc tells a more compact, subtle and smart story in only a few panels. There is something beautiful to that. I was initially a bit skeptical about King’s shorter arcs, but I have gradually changed my mind and now I am fully on the bandwagon for shorter arcs.
Even with those shorter arcs, King does a good job with relationship building (as mentioned in my other reviews), and with Batman #15 the same could be said about artist Mitch Gerads. Gerads blew me away with the use of 3 different types of art to describe the history between Bruce and Selena. Catwoman’s memory evokes Batman: Year One and Batman’s reminiscing reminds me of the Silver Age, and these two were accompanied with the already estblaished drawing style of the issue. This added such a great touch to the story and it gave it so much more depth than if he would have drawn a new memory with the same art style. This could have not been easy for Gerads, and I appreciate the effort and depth added to the story.
Perhaps why the relationship building that King and Gerads have done so well, explains why Batman needs to save Catwoman. Saving Catwoman is as much about Bruce as it is about saving Selena. In the panel below we see batman explaining to Holly that Selena knowns and can relate to Batman about who he really is. I don’t think Batman lets down his guard for anyone, let alone a stranger, unless it involves Selena. That is perhaps why he got *spoilers* his throat slit. Love and companionship made Batman drop his guard, which in the long run could cost Batman him not only his sharpness, but perhaps his life.
Batman #15 does a good job of continuing the story between Batman and Catwoman, while adding a few new wrinkles . The entire Rooftops mini arc reminded me that arcs don’t have to be epically long to be epically good. This mini-arc builds on the previous arc and builds steam towards the upcoming I am Bane story. This short arc was a great way to take a break from the fast pacing from the rest of the series. Rooftops Part 2 reminds us that Selena and especially Bruce can let their guard down every once in a while, even if letting down your guard can get cutthroat.
Abel Loza is a Contributor to ComiConverse. Follow him on Twitter: @St_Abel45
Source: DC Comics