REVIEW: Go Batty with HEROES REBORN #5
In the first story in Heroes Reborn #5 by Jason Aaron, R.M. Guéra, Guilia Brusco, and Cory Petit, “The Pageant of the Masters of Nocturnal Artistry,” readers get to see the logical conclusion of all of the Batman motifs we saw in the a tie-in books this week: Nighthawk fighting all of his incarcerated enemies at the Ravencroft Asylum!
The Pageant of the Masters of Nocturnal Artistry
In Heroes Reborn #5, the extended Batman pastiche means two things.
One is that we get to see Nighthawk’s rogues gallery fully fleshed out, including flashbacks to the origin story of the Heroes Reborn version of Venom (apparently you just can’t avoid Secret Wars, no matter what else happens on your timeline).
And two, we get the return of this universe’s version of Deadpool, who is somehow channeling Harley Quinn even harder this week (and he doesn’t even have the benefit of a roller coaster in this issue).
All of this is accomplished through some very cool art that definitely channels the Dark Knight vibes.
Plus, this issue introduces Night-Gwen, who we will presumably be seeing more of next week in the Night-Gwen #1 one-shot.
The Quest of the Ronin
Then in the second story, “The Quest of the Ronin” by Aaron, Ed McGuinness, Mark Morales, Matthew Wilson, and Petit, we get another piece of the Avengers puzzle being reassembled.
This story is brief, but like so much of Heroes Reborn, it’s very meta! Because they know we are not just fans of Marvel Comics, we’re also fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they know we will expect a story with the title “The Quest of the Ronin” to reveal Clint Barton at the end, since we saw him use this codename in 2019’s Avengers: Endgame.
However, this story gives us a little twist (that we won’t be spoiling here). Nicely done!
Heroes Reborn Some More
Did you get a chance to pick up this week’s issues in the Heroes Reborn event? Which one was your favorite? Let us know what you think in the comment section, Marvel Blog True Believers!