Black Bat #4 is one of those unique books that has a great noir feeling but is also free enough to make fun of itself is a crucial way.
Tony Quinn tries to explain how as a vigilante he is able to fight crime in a way more effective than police officers can do. But Officer Mezza tells him that she has the police department and the resources of an entire city behind her and the Bat’s reasoning is plain BS. Which, in the real world, is most likely true.
Writer Brian Buccellato is making a great book here with characters that you care about, situations that are surprising and unexpected, and a hero that is flawed but trying his best at redemption.
Speaking of the latter, we learn a little bit more about how really bad Tony Quinn’s life as a lawyer had become, just how deep he had become with his criminal clients and how he came to be a vigilante.
There’s great angst here, but also great hope. Ronan Cliquet’s art carries the script wonderfully with great panel angles, beautiful exteriors and wonderful facial expressions, so important to a book like Black Bat.
Another great read from a revamped pulp hero. Loving these noir tales!