The title for this issue sounds like some sort of philosophical treatise on what it means to be the Caped Crusader, but some interviews I've seen with the creator of this arc leads me to believe this is more like a case of Batman meets Frankenstein's monster. The story is written and drawn by Aaron Lopresti, (former artist for Justice League International and cover artist for Wonder Woman and current writer and artist for Legends of the Dark Knight and penciler for Earth 2) a man who has done a lot of quality fill in work for Batman titles recently. Let's see if his writing can match his art.
Is this story of FrankenBatman an awe inspiring new creation or an unholy monster worthy of death?
In this issue, an eccentric doctor tries to make a new Batman. Disaster ensues.
As with the original Frankenstein story and the countless adaptions that have followed, this tale holds something primal in it. There is a real fear of death, and there is also some instinctive fear of messing with death. Vampires and zombies, groups that seem to hold endless fascination for people these days, are both examples of things dying...yet not staying dead, and and that seems to be both curious and horrifying to humanity.
So will seeing a Franken-Batman hold some appeal for you? Almost certainly. Is this a good story? No.
The whole thing is silly even by Batman standards. The motivation for this doctor's actions seems to be firmly in the realm of "He's crazy," and Franken-Batman and all that happens with him is comically stereotypical of the Frankenstein style monster. (in pop culture. The original book's Frankenstein was actually quite intelligent) It feels like the story might be going somewhere interesting through the first two acts, but when we finally see what has been building, it's the prototypical Frankenstein story...with Batman. The doctor plays with fire and the doctor gets burned. If anything, it dumbs down the telling of the story because there are no apparent lessons or even themes. The story is ended in such a way as to imply that trying to aspire to be a hero is a bad thing, but I find it hard to believe that is what Lopresti meant to convey, and even if he did, it takes a pretty cross eyed view of his own story to reach that conclusion.
It's a good looking story, and there is something fascinating about a Frankenstein style monster, but this is not worth your money.