The Yearbook arc is over! At least I hope it is, all the story jumping is jarring.
This issue made me realize why the Yearbook arc has been so disappointing to me, these stories are basically the Family Guy cutaways. They may be used to show off different creative talent but aside from Alterici and Hicks’ respective shorts, the other two feel pretty similar.
Alterici’s story is basically a talent show gone wrong/mother daughter moment, while Faith Erin Hicks uses her pages to have a funny one-off with Maps and Kyle teaching her to drive. Neither really advance the plot, but their lightheartedness and focus on the characters themselves rather than whatever weird mysticism/Batman villainy they can fit into the series. Even the main story of Silver and Maps chasing Robin feels really underwhelming since all they end up with is a new book for reasons they spent the whole issue reminding readers of things not really essential to the plot that involves them.
I can appreciate the anthology approach and bringing in new talent that DC normally wouldn’t, but there has to be a more cohesive and streamlined way to do it other than making a swiss cheese plot for the other writers and artists to fill in with random stories. That’s not to say each short was bad, Moritat’s was actually different enough and explained one mystery which has had its lead forgotten while its storybook quality was a nice change of pace.
If this series has become a testing ground for new DC talent, I’m ok with that but its not what I want to be reading. If its changed from a group of friends solving mysteries at a private school outside Gotham City, its not the book I fell in love with and not the book I want to continue buying.
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