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Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #192

June 7, 2005

Quick Rating: Good
Title: Drift (Snow Part One)

A young Victor Fries begins a frantic race to save his wife.

Writers: J.H. Williams III & Dan Curtis Johnson
Art: Seth Fisher
Colors: Dave Stewart
Letters: Phil Balsman
Editor: Joey Cavalieri, Harvey Richards & Andy Helfer
Cover Art: Seth Fisher
Publisher: DC Comics

I’d heard somewhere that the focus of this title had shifted to contemporary in-continuity stories, but clearly that isn’t the case. This first issue of a new arc takes place in an early era for the Batman – there’s no Robin, Harvey Dent has not yet become Two-Face, and a brilliant scientist named Victor Fries has jus learned that his wife has a terminal disease.

It’s a bit too early to say for certain, but it seems clear that this storyline, “Snow,” is intended to be a retelling of the origin of Mr. Freeze. His wife is dying and he’s desperate to save her. Batman, meanwhile, is still taking the occasional beating, but is strong enough to keep searching for clues to take down a mobster with the unofficial help of Jim Gordon and Harvey Dent. With two allies bound by the law, however, Batman starts to realize that perhaps he needs operatives of a different sort.

This is a nice twist for an early Batman. It seems like every great detective and adventurer in fiction, from Sherlock Holmes to Doc Savage, has assembled a loose team of operatives to help in their personal quests, and while Batman will, of course, put together his “family” later, it seems inevitable that he’d want other operatives with their own specialties. It’s a logical idea and I’m rather surprised that no one has ever jumped into it before.

Seth Fisher, with Dave Stewart on the colors, does an impressive job with the artwork. He has a clean, light style that reminds me somewhat of Scott Kolins, which may be a little too sparse for a Batman story, but it’s helped a lot through the colors. The close-ups of the mask look very good as well. There is one panel, however, that totally wrenches me out of the story, where smoke literally starts pouring out of James Gordon’s ears like he was a Looney Tunes character. Fisher, man, what was that about?

Overall, it’s an interesting read, but not really an essential one.

Rating: 7/10

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