As promised by Geoff Johns, Aquaman #2 served to formally introduce Mera as a superhero in the DCnU, and what an introduction that was! I don't get tired of looking at that amazing scene where Mera creates a water mermaid; this is my favorite panel so far, and it shows new readers how cool her power is.
Ivan and Rod Reis also added this new effect whenever Mera uses her powers, her eyes start glowing as if she is in a trance. We had seen it before during Brightest Day to imply the superhuman effort she was making to manipulate the ocean, but I like that it is now being used whenever she turns the power button on.
This issue shows how powerful Mera is, and the possibilities of what she can do with her abilities are endless. It seems she can create constructs out of the moisture in the air, so no need to be near a body of water all the time. Does this mean she can manipulate the water molecules in a living being? What about snow, ice, or water vapor?
Here is Mera kicking some Trench butt, not only with hard water, but also with old-fashioned fists, and what a punch she packs! Certainly that capability to survive under enormous ocean pressures has exercised her muscles! This issue was fantastic, and I am thrilled for what is coming next, I can't wait!
As if having Batgirl pop-up in the Pages of Dark Knight #2 wasn't cool enough, guess who else made a cameo appearance in the issue? You got that right! Kate Kane a.k.a. Batwoman also showed up among the group of Batman's associates who were fighting his enemies. Batwoman's small sequence takes place in Devil's Square as she confronts a transformed Cavalier. Her one-liner was kind of weird, though; "What the hell is happening to this planet?", wouldn't it have been enough with "this city?". Art by David Finch, Inks by Richard Friend, and colors by Alex Sinclair.
So guess who made a cameo appearance in Batman: The Dark Knight #2? Batgirl, of course! As Gotham is suddenly infested by monstruous(er) versions of Batman's enemies, Barbara has her own encounter in the Narows with Victor Zsasz. What a pleasant surprise turning the page and coming across this beautiful rendition of Batgirl getting a free haircut courtesy of Mr. Zsasz! Art by David Finch, Inks by Richard Friend, and colors by Alex Sinclair.
Alex Ross and comic book author Paul Dini initially planned to revive Batgirl Barbara Gordon using an updated version of the character's original costume, with red accents in place of the traditional yellow. This proposal would restore Barbara's ability to walk, but would leave her a darker heroine. DC's editorial staff decided that Oracle should remain as their token chairbound heroine, and the idea was discarded.
Character sketch by Alex Ross
Seven years later, after the end of "Infinite Crisis", DC editors called for a redesign of Batwoman. Alex Ross drew inspiration from the modified Batgirl costume he had designed for Barbara Gordon years prior to revitalize Batwoman, and so Kate Kane was born.
What an amazing piece! This is the perfect combination of comic book world and real life; a true definition of "fifth wall". Even the artist's thoughts on the piece are heartfelt:
"I feel like even though there was a lot of praise for Batgirl's first issue in the DCnU52, there was also a lot of hate. Pure hate. From her costume, to the writing, to the villain, the fact that she can walk, and on, and on, and on, and on..."
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