How many stereotypical latino super hero and villian names can you fit into a comic book? El Sombrero?
This issue is hard to follow. It has a meandering feel to it, like we’ve stepped into the middle of a story and aren’t told what happened. The opening of the issue really messed with the pacing as it takes place during WWII. At least I think it’s WWII. We’re not given any years or locations. And the first page is full of panels that seem to be all over the place. It only connects to the Batman story with a quick reference at the end.
The feel of the El Gaucho story is odd. It reads and feels like we’re in the middle of an El Gaucho adventure and Batman, and us, are along for the ride. It doesn’t help that Morrison tries to make Batman the central figure, but it still comes across as if Batman is just happened to be stopping by in the middle of El Gaucho’s story.
It’s an odd tone and doesn’t make it easy to follow.
El Gaucho thinks Batman is posing as Bruce Wayne because he’s met Wayne and Batman is acting nothing like Wayne. Interesting.
The bit of Spanish in the middle could have used a translation. And the whole tango of death came off a bit odd. Was Wayne trying to convince the onlookers that he and Gaucho’s secret identity aren’t friends? That part was a bit confusing.
It did allow Paquette to show of his abilities. He did a great job with the dance sequance, the characters having a natural flow. The poses didn’t look awkward and you could “see” Wayne and Tristessa flowing across the floor.
The last page is a bit odd as Scorpiana is standing very awkwardly. She looks like she’s about to fall over.
Paquette’s art is strong with just a couple of minor issues. But overall it’s Paquette’s art that carries the book.
Batman, Inc. #3 receives
3 out of 5
A meandering story that doesn’t make much sense.
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