Batgirl and Nightwing look like amputees.
But before the final battle could start, President Okura contacted The Kingdom.
So The Kingdom removed the president to safety and the president's army was disbanded. The People's Republic fought merely against the Warlords' armies. The People's Republic killed 50,000 people, mostly kidnapped children forced to fight for the warlords. And that is the atrocity that The Kingdom committed.
Really? That's it? That's the big deal? The Kingdom was already leading the People's Republic into battle against armies of children anyway. What did they think was going to happen? Somehow the children would eat too much candy and surrender from stomach-aches? One way or the other, children were going to be killed in this conflict.
What The Kingdom really feels guilty about is letting President Okura off the hook. The man brought war, extermination, and poverty to his people so that he could become rich and powerful. And The Kingdom let him go without ever paying for his crimes. And that's what they feel so guilty about.
It's also why Massacre is killing them. He feels betrayed by The Kingdom for how they went about their work. Since he was one of those children fighting for a Warlord, he probably feels doubly betrayed that they would allow the massacre of these children to take place. Maybe that's why he chose the name Massacre. Maybe he could have also gone with Never Forget or Always Remember.
On the flight to Gotham, Batman enlists Batgirl, Alfred, Robin, and Nightwing to track down Razorwire and Staff. Eventually Nightwing and Robin find them. But it's too late. They've both been taken down by Massacre. And his new friend.
How is Steelback a super hero? His armor does all the work!
Next issue, Massacre's identity will be revealed (Isaac!) and Steelback's Armor's identity probably will be too (Kone!). And this story arc should finally be over!
Batwing Issue #8 Rating: Even Rank. We finally got the big reveal on The Kingdom's atrocity but it wasn't a real atrocity. Just another one of those comic book atrocities where the good people somehow didn't do enough to stop the evil people so the good people get the blame. That is dumb. But I like that The Kingdom thinks of it in this way because there's too much guilt involved with believing their greatest crime was letting the President go.