Some neat things in no random order:
- This confirms (despite Didio earlier claiming there have been only 4 Robins) that Stephanie Brown still has been Robin
- Apparently it is cool to buy a charm and put it on a gun
- Supposedly shooting a gun at Superman’s and GL’s crotch will be effective…?
- Oracle is still in this, which I’m taking to mean Babs as Oracle still is canon
Okay, so this takes back about a month ago and even though we are in our fourth month of the “relaunch”, I think its safe to assume this one shot is taking place a little before the starting events of the relaunch. So a little before Stephanie stops being Batgirl, a little before Dick tosses back on the Nightwing suit, and just before Tim Drake changes his Red Robin outfit apparently. No reasoning is given to Stephanie’s departure as Batgirl, or Barbara’s return as Batgirl. Considering this just confirmed Oracle is still part of cannon in this relaunch (or at least, that is how I’m seeing it), well it only makes Batgirl #4‘s news on her “cure” taking nearly a year even more confusing to me.
Besides all of this, Leviathan Strikes! pulled me back into wanting to read more of Batman Incorporated. After around issue 4 I think it was, I just found the stories to be growing more lackluster and filled often with characters I did not find interesting. This one really picks it up first starting with a story involving Stephanie Brown as Batgirl – a personal favorite of mine. That is followed by Bruce teaming up with Dick (as Batman), Tim, and Damian entering what they thought was the core of Leviathan and ends with a few twists that have really hooked me back into the Batman Inc. storyline.
Morrison, you pulled me back in with this comic. Still, I can’t help but feel that I was reading a pre-relaunch comic while going through this. I don’t know if it was the direct return to the Batman Inc storyline that started before the relaunch, Steph still as Batgirl, Dick still as Batman, or just what the costumes look like that they were wearing. Personally, I enjoyed the feeling that this gave me of coming off as a pre-relaunch comic though.