Posted by:
Byron Brewer

Review: Black Bat #5


Brian Buccellato continues his very noir, very involving saga of a true pulp hero today as the Black Bat fights to save a gaggle of kidnapped cops, the denizens of the courthouse and his own tortured soul, all in a spectacularly muted tone adventure ride with mood.
Tony Quinn in some form or fashion shows us little nuances of the man behind the vigilante mask each and every issue, and this time around I am both touched by our hero's concern for the common man and his willingness to be painted badly in the eyes of the world in order to save lives.
We also have growth in the support cast too, with Professor Tell coming particularly into prominence. And how! Very subtly and nicely handled by our scribe.
The real fun of this book is in its willingness to risk everything just to show that, yes, that dirty rotten scoundrel lawyer Quinn has indeed become a concerned soul and that this trek to redemption is in fact legit.
The art by Ronan Cliquet continues to display both the mundane and the amazing with equal precision. The large spreads are where they are most effective and the facial expressions have become so good you outright expect them thus by issue #6.
Brian and Ronan have a gem here, and I hope it continues to win support both from readers and from Dynamite!