Batman: The Last Angel

Batman: The Last Angel
Batman: The Last Angel

By Eric Lustbader, Lee Moder & Scott Hanna (DC Comics)
ISBN: 1-56389-156-5

Great looking art from Lee Moder, but a rather disappointing tale from the acclaimed novelist. A Batman who’s much more welcome to the Gotham authorities hunts a killer, while crash victim Selina Kyle has bloody nightmares about being hunted by a jaguar.

As Catwoman she is obsessed and bored in equal measure, but with Gotham’s gangs seemingly at each other’s throats, a Mayan exhibition of the Bat God Balam is focusing everyone’s attention from where it needs to be. And her planned heist is just a catalyst for a repeat of the events that destroyed the Mayan Empire!

When the mask possesses Batman himself, Selina is forced into the uncharacteristic role of saviour…

With everybody playing a double game and such villains as Rupert Thorne and the Joker further muddying the waters, plus a lame subplot about Selina’s lost father, this overly-convoluted tale tries just a little too hard to be all things to all people, but it does have great pace and, as I’ve already said, a superlative art job from the under-appreciated Lee Moder.

Silly, but fans will find a lot to enjoy here.

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