BLACK BAT #11 REVIEW

Writer: Brian Buccellato, Art: Ronan Cliquet, Colors: Viviane Souza, Letterer: Rob Steen, Cover: Jae Lee, Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Price: $3.99 Release Date: June 4, 2014 Coming up fast on its conclusion (and sadly this book’s final issue), this most excellent and noir chronicling of the adventures of the Black Bat hits its stride with #11. Full of answers to questions posed since issue #1 and nefarious reveals, writer Brian Buccellato begins to put a bow onto one of his most brilliant pieces of pulp writing. Our boy Tony now knows Cameron Tell, not Oliver Snade, is the true mastermind behind pulling the strings, and as he battles for redemption there is a possibility the hero may have to violate one of his most sacred vows. Will the vigilante turn to murder, even as the cops and press had feared? For such a character-driven yarn, #11 is also very action-packed. Artist Ronan Cliquet has already proven his mastery of cinematic tenseness with the fabled “truck issue” of Black Bat, and here too we see that same sense of urgency that carries this tale through to its final page. Anyone who is not utterly shocked by the conclusion of #11 has not been following this series, and if you missed it you really missed it. Simply excellent!