Detective Comics #402 (August 1970)
cover: Neal Adams (unsigned)
title: "Man or Bat?"
writer: Frank Robbins
With this chapter, Man-Bat's story veers straight into melodrama. It is one thing to fight over drugs and trying to create an antidote. That is very "Invisible Man" or "They Fly" or "Dr. Jekyll." Wiith the inclusion of a love interest, however, Man-Bat now has an extra level of angst to deal with.
Also, is it too much of a coincidence that Man-Bat flies into the Batcave? I wonder about the geography of Gotham City, what with museums near cliff-side lakes (the ocean?) and then only one big cave full of bats? What if Man-Bat had been guided to a barn out in the middle of farm country....would he have met The Scarecrow, instead?
This story reads like a "part two." And like the initial story, it ends without a real ending. Hopefully something more dramatic and permanent will happen in the next installment.
The visuals are as great as last time, as Neal Adams and Dick Giordano are two of the greatest Batman artists of all time. No complaints about them at all.
Man-Bat Trivia Notes:
- The cover scene does not appear in the story.
- The cover basically "spoils" the fact that Man-Bat will gain wings in the story.
- The Robin back-up story in this issue is "My Place In The Sun!" by Mike Friedrich, Gil Kane, and Vince Colletta. Robin teams up with fellow Teen Titan Speedy (mis-colored throughout the story) as he comes to grips with his Robin name and identity. He decides to keep both.
- A fan letter from future DC writer Martin Pasko appears in this issue's letter column.