Monday, July 25, 2005

BATGIRL #66

Did Lobo get a tan?

I can't help but be disappointed in this issue, coming as it does after last month's sharp story. The last issue was complex and richly layered and this... was played for yuks. And I'm just not a yuks kinda rodent.

Considering that this arc has an actual plot -- Cass's self-discovery as she tries to track down her mother (whom she still thinks is Shiva) -- there's a certain amount of self-discovering that should go on. That said, the various elements of such in this story were random -- part of a generally random story that had bits flying in from nowhere.

It started with Cass dragging that lucky boy off for a quick snog -- no, you don't need to be comfortable with normal social interaction to do that, but it felt a little too wacky to be any boundary-testing -- before riding off into the sunset on her motorcycle. The Great Roadhouse Adventure was straight out of, well, Roadhouse (except with Lobo-lite instead of Patrick Swayze) and would have been dealable-with if it had ended there.

Cass gets her butt-kicking scene at the bar and then goes on to ponder Shiva-as-Sandra, which is a rather heavier moment than matching quips and punches with bikers, and it would have gone perfectly nicely to have her get a few more questions, a few more answers, and a few more clues about herself. Andersen Gabrych has done good stuff with Cass's internal monologue as she contemplates her parentage -- she vacillates between disgust and curiosity and hatred and longing -- and more of that would have been peachy.

But we didn't get any more of that. We got all hell breaking loose with Pig Boy showing up to pursue his lady love, having followed Cass's scent, and then Granny turning into an OMAC (speaking of randomness) and dragging him off. At which point I went "uh-HUH" and hoped for better next month.

As much as I wave pom-poms for anyone, I wave them for Gabrych, who has waded through the guano in the Batverse like a trooper. So while everyone has their off months, I'm more inclined to grant him a mulligan. As long as he doesn't do it again.


3 Comments:

Blogger Guy LeCharles Gonzalez said...

Ugh. I quickly put this issue away right after reading it and mind-wiped myself, after having moved it to the top of my to-read pile last night, tempted to review it for Buzzscope when you dropped it. Mulligan, indeed! I can't wait for this Infinite Crisis crap to be done with so peripheral titles can move on with their own stories. One Year Later needs to hurry the hell up!

Mon Jul 25, 01:17:00 PM EDT  
Blogger The Comics Shrew said...

One Year Later needs to hurry the hell up!

Be careful what you wish for. I'm sure our list of gripes with OYL will be long and complicated.

Mon Jul 25, 02:54:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Nevin said...

I agree overall about the issue: It was way too disjointed and pointless. But I did like the Omac appearance. Basically, an Omac appears out of nowhere, smashes stuff for a page, and then flies off. Batgirl thinks, "Oh Mack? Don't know what that was about. And I don't care." Then she goes about her life.

I'm not sure whether or not that was intended as a meta-commentary on the current DC crossovers, but I'm choosing to interpret it that way. And in that light, the scene was awesome! Why can't more people just say "I don't care" and go have sensible adventures?

Mon Jul 25, 07:46:00 PM EDT  

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