Issue number seventeen of Smallville Season Eleven offers a lot to like too. Bruce’s Batplane makes for a cozy environment in which he can take off his cowl and give us a closer look at how his suit is made up, and all the high tech telemetry furthers the detail and thought put into it. Batman gloats a bit about how well the confrontation went for him, but throughout the book Clark’s responses prove this isn’t his first rodeo. The Clois time is less physically intimate than in their Fortress rendezvous but I think fans will appreciate it. Back to the Bat-side of things, Nightwing is at her most likable here. Both artistically, and with her teasing dig at a certain aspect of Batman’s disguise! We also get another specific reason as to why she was brought in as Nightwing, and not in her typical Batgirl guise. In this interpretation she rejects the Batgirl title in favor of something that makes her stand apart more on her own. I won’t put words in anyone’s mouth as to why, but if it goes along with what I’m thinking then it’s something I definitely applaud. Gender swapped analogues of popular characters might have been “cute” back in the sixties or thereabouts, but they don’t have any place in any serious comics in this day and age.
As always, please buy Smallville, don’t pirate this book (or any book). Remember, we vote with our purchasing power, and it only costs 99 cents a digital chapter to flex your consumer muscle on this one. Another print collection will be available soon, so if digital isn’t your thing DC has you covered! Also, let’s make sure to give credit where credit is due: