Batman: Sins of the Father #6 – Christos Gage, Writer; Raffaele Ienco, Artist; Guy Major, Colorist
Ray – 8.5/10
Ray: This video game tie-in wraps its run after only six issues, bridging the gap between the Telltale series of Batman video games, but Batman: Sins of the Father proves that this is much more than just a simple tie-in. Picking up in the aftermath of Bruce Wayne finding out that his father was a sinister figure who used the power of Wayne Enterprises to control that city and was deeply tied into the corruption of Arkham Asylum, he now finds himself up against Deadshot – here reinvented as a ruthless killer who has a very real and very personal reason to hate the Wayne legacy. This final issue is largely devoted to a single showdown between the two men, as Deadshot has taken a large group of Wayne employees hostage – and has chosen Alfred as the first to die if Batman doesn’t comply. His plan for Batman is simple and sadistic – he presents him with a gun, and tells him the only way he can save Alfred’s life is to shoot him.
Deadshot clearly knows Batman’s revulsion when it comes to guns, and manipulates him to force him into betraying the values closest to him. However, as is typical with villains, he doesn’t quite understand Batman – Batman hates guns, and when Batman hates something, he understands it better than anyone. Deadshot put that gun in Batman’s hand, but he didn’t understand all he could do with it. That twist makes the final showdown between them one of the best scenes in the series. Ultimately, this is a series not about Batman vs. Deadshot, but about Bruce Wayne coming to terms with the flawed legacy of the Waynes. He does his best to make peace with the victims who are suing the corporation, and has a great scene with Alfred that drives home the bond they share. The series ends on a cliffhanger involving Deadshot, but it also works perfectly as a stand-alone Batman story. I highly recommend it, and I hope it gets more attention in trade.
To find reviews of all the DC issues, visit DC This Week.
GeekDad received this comic for review purposes.