Gotham Girl asks Batman for advice…
Writer: Tom King
Artists: David Finch, Clay Mann with Seth Mann
Colourist: Jordie Bellaire
By issue 24 readers should know that Tom King is a seriously good writer. If for some reason they haven’t noticed this yet then here is a single issue to showcase that Tom King is in fact, a seriously food writer.
King manages to take one conversation and expand it so that it means so much more than face value. Throughout the issue Gotham Girl talks with Batman about her future. Here the reader learns about Gotham Girl, Batman, and by the end we realise that the conversation can apply to a lot more than just ‘being Batman.’
The ending is spectacular. Luckily I didn’t have it ruined for me, so if you don’t know anything about this issue then go out and read it now. It’s the type of ending that just forces the reader to flip back to the beginning and start all over again.
The art is great but this issue does fall victim to multiple artists. If I had to choose I’d say I prefer the Mann pages over the Finch pages. While Finch is a fantastic artist, the roughness of the Mann pages matches with the Batman tone so well. Add to that Bellaire’s beautiful colours which do justice to both artists but work especially well on the Mann pages.
Comics need more one shot stories. Not much else to say here without delving into spoilers.
Recommendation: pick up the issue.