Batman and The Signal #2: Afternoon
Story: Scott Snyder and Tony Patrick
Writer: Tony Patrick
Artist: Cully Hammer
Colorist: Laura Martin
Letterer: Deron Bennett
Cover Artist: Cully Hammer and Laura Martin
Gotham City by daylight was supposed to be different from at night, it was supposed to be safe. Now things are changing and the teenagers in the Narrows have been turning into Meta-humans. With the meta-human population escalating, The Signal must find what is going on in the Narrows, and to do so, he must survive his first mission.
What you need to know:
The City of Gotham is changing and a new hero has risen like the morning sun to meet that change. New villains have popped up in Gotham, and they all have been sent to a new Juvie Arkham Asylum. So The Signal goes into the new Arkham Asylum to investigate what is going on. With his own new found powers, Duke Thompson begins to understand that he and the new meta-human population are all connected for some reason. His first mission is not a major success, and he finds himself fighting for his life. As he’s fighting, a shadowy figure makes its first move.
What you’ll find out:
As The Signal fights off his new rogue gallery, he begins to think about his parent, and how his father told him that the light showed Gotham’s true self. Picking up minutes right after the last issue, we find Duke literally fighting for his life as the meta-humans in the Juvie are ready to take him out. Not exactly a good start for his first mission. Escaping with his life intact by a shred, Duke’s investigation takes a quick turn when he finds out that a building from Wayne Industries might be the cause of the teenage meta-human population and himself.
What just happened?
The meta-humans in the Narrows is rising and rising fast, but as quickly as it appears, it quickly stops. There’s a problem. As many teenagers that become meta-human overnight, never see a full day with their power. After a few hours, many of the new formed meta-humans die as the GCPD found out that their bodies could not take the sudden change. As we see Duke understand that his mentor might have something to do with it, we finally see the new hero butt heads. Does Batman have a play of the rise of this do dilemma or is someone else pulling the strings?
What really sucks about this series is that it’s only a mini-series. With such a push for Duke Thompson becoming this new morning day hero, I would have loved for the series to go farther and go into depth with the character and new villains. But for now, issue 2 is getting into the revile of the new major bad guy or girl and he/she has taken over the Batcave. To see The Signal and Batman bump heads is something great to see, as we can tell that Duke is growing as a person and as a hero. It’s like all of Batman’s apprentices before they graduate have to have an argument with Batman to fully become their own hero.
Don’t miss the second issue that will keep you wanting to know more about this new meta-human crisis and push The Signal to become a name everyone will be talking about even in Gotham.