Batman #27 Review: Kite-man Rebirth
Tom King's Kite-man revival is truly in full swing. Thanks to Batman #27, we get a new and updated origin for the villain, and it is surprisingly emotional!
The War of Jokes and Riddles rages on and unfortunately, the citizens of Gotham are being forced to choose sides. Batman is doing everything that he can but, as of this issue anyway, it's still not enough!
Charles Brown is a man who just wants to spend time with his kid, but it isn't easy when he soon becomes wrapped up in the schemes of the Joker and the Riddler. What can he do but play along and hope for the best? King has taken this truly bizarre character and made something great with him.
Kite-man's cameos in this run have been a lot of fun and this issue is the cherry on top! I didnt ever anticipate having any genuine feelings for the character but this issue just goes to show how talented King is as a writer. He uses Kite-man's newfound catch phrase ("Hell yeah!") to a great affect here and it makes me wonder whether King has been planning this since Kite-man's first Rebirth appearance.... Either way, well done!
This issue doesn't develop the war much further but it has a lot of awesome character moments. Batman isn't the focus of the issue but he has several badass scenes of interrogations and there is a particularly fun splash page where he shows up uninvited...
I'm giving this issue an A! Although it strayed from the main ongoing story, it didn't feel like a step down. I'm really hoping to see more of Kite-man in the future.