DCAU #344: The Last of Her Kind

IN THIS ONE... Curaré starts her own Society of Assassins.

CREDITS: Written by Hilary J. Bader and Rich Fogel; art by Craig Rousseau and Rob Leigh.

REVIEW: Once Curaré has failed and become a target of the Society of Assassins, and then THEY fail to kill her... where can any of them go? Bader's answer is a good one. Curaré starts her own assassin cult, much on the same principles, and Terry comes across a number of initiates who are not quite good enough to complete their tasks if he's in the picture. In the end, Curaré will fail again and there's talk of her having to find redemption. This story arc could go on a while.

Equal parts action and deduction, part of the trick for Batman is to figure out the rules of this new assassin cult, and use his wits to track them down. Though at this point Terry is more experienced in the role, the comic remembers he's still a young hero and there's a pivotal moment where Bruce schools Terry on tactics, in a way that feels very "martial arts", which is perfect for a Curaré story about initiates brandishing all manner of martial arts weapons.

I can't give it full marks, however. The initiates are really kind of dumb sometimes, but their numbers make up for it. No, it's the ending I find lacking. Curaré's down, but Batman lets her cult basically walk away as he looks on. With the microfilament scimitar no less. Looking at it again, I get that his suit was probably fried at that point, but it needed to be clearer. As is, looks like they just ran out of pages. Question: When are we finally going to learn something new about Curaré?
REREADABILITY: Medium - Gives new life to Curaré, but we do seem stuck on more or less repeating her usual story.



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