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Review: Batman #704

Monkey kings and cat girls abounding.

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As Batman tries to convince Catwoman to take her sidekick out of the picture, the Wayne foundation's property in Crime Alley is target by a mysterious outfit of Asian assassins.

The Good

Daniel totally gets these character; so much so that I was seriously hearing Kevin Conroy and the rest of the animated series cast talking in my head as I read the dialogue. I even had some strange new voice for Damian, even though he's never had a voice actor. Also, as somebody familiar with Taoist/Buddhist stories, I so enjoyed seeing a villain modeled after the Monkey King.

The Bad

While I liked the dynamic she added to the ongoing power play between Catwoman and the the Bat clan, I do think the addition of Catgirl into the mythos has possibly pushed the "family" aspect of these books into the realm of the excessive and ridiculous. There's already a Catman, of course - - are we eventually going to be introduced to a Catboy and a Catmite to round things out?

The Verdict - 4/5

I don't know why I was expecting not to like this. Maybe it's just because I've been so enamored with what Morrison's doing in Batman & Robin that I'm skeptical of anybody else's take on these characters. With that in mind, I was really pleased to find a rock solid superhero title here. Daniel's art has an impressive mix of modern flash and classical fundamentals, and his writing's just as sharp.