Is this news? A massacre in Gotham? Really?
I'd make Robin fight the armor with the machine guns as well.
When Batman arrives, he drops some Bat Grenades on Steelback's Armor. I wonder if Batman has a pouch on his utility belt where he keeps the weapons that could be fatal to a normal person? And he has a safety on it so that he doesn't accidentally throw a Bat Grenade at The Joker's head when he meant to throw a Batarang. I bet he keeps a Batgun in there just in case a situation arises that can only be solved by shooting a bullet at something. Because that would just be another tool used to save his life! Not like he'd actually shoot anyone with it! But I bet if he kept a gun around the house, Robin might find it and accidentally shoot one of the Teen Titans in the face on a sleep over.
While Batman contemplates his Bat Grenades, Batwing tackles Massacre through a wall. He still thinks this guy is the General! What a dumb dumb! Boy is he in for a big surprise when he fatally wounds him and then takes off the mask to see his brother's scarred face. And the reader will know it's his brother because of those scars! Otherwise, how would we recognize him as an adult when we've only seen him drawn poorly as a boy?
Batman's Bat Grenades have no effect on Steelback's Armor. It just gets mad and raises its fists over its head in the universal sign of being mad. Or overly excited.
Daniel Balogun, the original person inside Steelback's Armor, is the guy in the Batplane. He's going to tell Robin, Nightwing, and Batman how to defeat it. It'll probably go pretty smoothly. But enough about them! Let's get back to Massacre and Batwing!
I wonder if the Batclamps come out of the same hole as the urine. I mean lighter fluid.
I smell an emotional moment coming up! Yes, it's true. Emotional moments smell.
Oh fuck me, Judd. I was just joking about the making it angry thing! But look! His tactic is to make it angry so that it throws its arms in the air and looks up! Bwa ha ha!
Really? An external shutdown? I guess having a shutdown switch on the outside of the armor is the smart thing to do. Just in case something like this happens. Or if the Armor became sentient. Or if Daniel suddenly caught Space Madness. So it's the right thing to do if you're a hero. Proper precautions and all that.
The Armor pops open and nobody is in it! Batman wonders if it can be operated remotely and I'm guessing it can be. By somebody who knows technology and science! Someone like Josiah Kone, the Kingdom's science guy! Yeah, I'm sticking to my guess that he's in on it even though Steelback's Armor is about to explode all over the Batguys.
Back to Massacre and Batwing, they continue to argue. Batwing suggests that if Massacre is not General Keita, then he must be some other big jerk rapist evildoer crimelord asshole. And then he kicks Massacre's mask off and gets a good look at him!
See! See the scar! Was this a surprise to anybody reading this comic?
Whoops! I mean, *sniff*!
Sometimes if I just take the time to turn the page, my questions are answered!
Batman lets Batwing know that there was no sign of Massacre after the explosion. He escaped and is now on the run. Batwing can only hope to find his brother and bring him back to him. Batman consoles Batwing and perverts General Keita's saying that they honor us with their blood by telling Batwing he honors them with his strength. Oh Batman! You're such a cheeseball!
And then the comic ends on the emotional moment that was stinking up the comic. And it's actually really nicely done.
Batwing Issue #8 Rating: +1 Ranking. Superb finish to a good comic book story. It won't go down in history as one of the great must reads! But it was a fine comic book and a good introduction to Batwing. Definitely a surprise book in my comic box.