Batgirl Annual #2
Batgirl’s first New 52 Annual found her teaming up with Catwoman & Batwoman (and the now-popular mute Bird of Prey, Strix.) This year, Batgirl has a different former-Bird of Prey to contend with. Poison Ivy is getting the Gail Simone treatment this time, and boy oh boy, is it ever great. Ivy has long been a character who was – pardon the pun – ripe for character development. There’s a touch of psychosis there, but it’s not necessarily Malicious. Hell, over in Detective Comics, Ivy even teamed up with Batman himself, assisting him in his Arkham breakout. (See Detective Comics #28.) Simone gives Ivy a story that is worthy of her character, and quite frankly a story that leaves you touched by her cold, green heart.
Batwoman Annual #1
It’s rather unfortunate that Batwoman didn’t get an Annual issue last year when the primo team-o of J.H. Williams III & W. Haden Blackman were still on the book. Nonetheless, this newest annual does wrap up Kate’s involvement with the DEO & Dir. Bones. We get to see her square off with Bruce, and then ultimately team up with Bruce. It’s satisfying, of course, but it still would’ve been nice if the original guys had been drawing this one. I miss their narratives, but I miss their art most of all.
Batman Eternal #5
There are sidekicks aplenty in this issue. I’m still waiting on the eventual transformation of Harper Row into Bluebelle or Nightwing or whatever it is she becomes, but it is nice to see her in action alongside Red Robin in this issue.Follow @harveywalker Follow @ClosetCaseRoman