At the end of #1, BG had frozen when confronting the Mirror, and thus commences a subplot, namely our heroine walking out on a detective and her (the detective’s) murdered partner. BG pursues, and overestimates her abilities a bit, helping Mirror back up after a fight on the ledge of the hospital…which results in him flinging her off into space. She grabs a bat-gadget and whips into a cab instead. Ok, I can see that, she’s young, she’s recently recovered from a paralyzing injury, and let’s face it, not all uses of cool gadgets can look cool – sometimes one has to have a fuckup to be interesting.
And talk about interesting, who’s this cabbie? A sassy older woman, and a sassy butch woman at that? Heart! Apparently, the Cabby isn’t just a background character, since she references “you freakin’ bat people”. I must find out who this is! I have extra room in my heart for non-normative characters, thanks to the stereotype of uber-femme-bot that somehow crept into my mental landscape…wonder where that came from? (You do realize crap like that I just linked to is the welcome wagon many comics newbies get, right? Even today!)
Speaking of stereotypes and non-normative, Detective McKenna lends some diversity:
This is bugging m: womens’ hair seems to be prehensile in this comic. Unless McKenna has, say, Asian or Native American ethnicity in her background, her hair would look very different from what we see. Even with chemical treatments. I don’t have too many quibbles about art so far, but hair gets me, since it’s one of those things that can easily be ignored, but says so much about a person – or character – or how much time the artist has watched real people in motion. What’s going on with her fringe?
Caucasian hair doesn’t even do that! And yet here’s BG with some weird floaty hair when she’s sitting at home, not flying or fighting:
No matter how much Pantene I use, I can’t break gravity. While I’m picking bones, remember Mrs. Ortega from issue one? Noone’s hair does this, especially after going thru some hell:
You wake someone up in the middle of the night, they are not going to have glossy waves. They will look like crap. Especially if you terrorize them.
So, anyway, back to the….issue at hand! Ohh!
BG and Mirror continue the festivities, fighting in Gotham Cemetary, and BG, through her inner monologue, lets the reader know how much being punched and thrown hurts (ok, realistic!) But this is interesting, she makes the decision to outsmart him, since she can’t beat the crap out of him, and lifts his to-kill list. Then wakes up in her flat, with Alysia tending to her. Tending is the wrong word, here, more like tough love.
And what does BG do? Asks to borrow a “cute” outfit to go on a date with..her physical therapist? Odd.
Artpick: unless Alysia’s idea of a cute outfit is some shiny latex number (possibly!), no skirt does this:
Sorry folks, fabrics outside of the fetish realm won’t reveal your leg contours up to your crotch, except possibly jeggings. And that goes for the weird shiny pants Mr. Therapist is wearing. Their jackets seem a little more realistic, but then they look like they had their lower bodies coated with chrome.
So Gregor (he has a name!) and Barbara go for a walk in the park, and discuss, or rather avoid discussing, Barbara’s miraculous recovery from her paralysis. There’s an odd panel in this exchange:
What questions? Did I miss something? That’s perfectly possible. Are these questions about why she was attacked, because that’s what I’m guessing. But it’s a bit confusing. Also, dear lord, does she carry a portable fan for yet more hair action? But I digress.
In the next “scene”,we see BG hitting the books (or rather the net) to research the Mirror, and this leads gradually to her tracking down his lair. He tunes in on a big monitor and clues BG into his backstory. No quibbles here, it’s pretty traumatic, the art seems ok, and it tells us something about the character, who, until now, has been a walking, murdering wall. Now he has a tale. Very well!
But that tale, the death of his family….I’m missing something. Apparently Mirror once saved a man who had collapsed on a train track, a miracle, which we see in flashback But then, Mirror says to BG, “Miracles are simply God laughing at us”. Then he reveals he’s planted a bomb on the train of the guy he saved. Did I read this right?
So, I get that he’s in unimaginable grief over loosing his family, but how do we get from that to Good Samaritan to murder? Mirror thinks he should have died with his family (understandable), so he’s going to blow up a train (batshit)?
I’m presuming all will become clear in issue three. I hope so, otherwise we’ve hit our first real Sour Note.