“The Victim Syndicate,” Finale: The Brave One
Writer: James Tynion, IV
Artist: Alvaro Martinez
“I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?” – John Lennon
“THE VICTIM SYNDICATE” conclusion! Has the First Victim succeeded in dividing and conquering Batman’s team? The final attack will come from someone they’d all put their faith in… – DC Comics
In Detective Comics #947, Batman and his team has to face some hard truths. Bruce must come to terms with his role in the creation of the Victim Syndicate. Batwoman realizes that Batwing is more than the spoiled rich kid he pretends to be. The team as a whole has to cope with losing not just one, but two teammates. I loved that Batman, and even Clayface, have come to accept that there are sufferers past transgressions. These “victims” have names; well, most of them, anyway.
The writing on this issue is what I’ve come to expect from James Tynion IV. It is truly a solid composition with a fitting end to the Victim Syndicate story arc. Alvaro Martinez’s art is starting to grow on me. I am still a fan of Eddy Barrows. Martinez’s work is reminiscent of the late Jim Aparo.
I won’t reveal too many “spoilers” in this review, but this issue is DEFINITELY worth checking out. I am pleased with the overall execution, and look forward to Tim Drake’s inevitable return. Oops! Spoiler!