Damage #13 Review - Damage Done, The shark has been jumped
• Aaron Lopresti - Hi-Fi (Cover Artists) • DC Comics (Publisher)
With Damage #13 it's pretty clear that the creative team has checked out on this series. It's been a while since I checked in on the book and upon revisit Damage now feels like a waste of time and investment.
The series was canceled with issue #16 and I'm not sure if the character has appeared anywhere else since being axed. I do believe that there are a couple of signs in this issue that the end was nigh.
First off the cover price jumped from $2.99 to $3.99. I often joke that this series reads extremely fast. I don't think any of them take more than 5 minutes to finish. The same holds true here but an additional $1 and lack of content make this issue feel even dodgier. If I produced the comic It would be apart of an anthology series or sold digitally. The character is still fun but this is not a $3.99 comic.
This issue features a confrontation between Damage and Batman. Batman tries to take Ethan (Damage) under his wing but he declines. He tells Batman that the offer is too close to what he'd already gone through with the military. He throws it back at Batman asking him how long before the Justice League drops him into a group of unsuspecting enemies.
The rejection puts the two men into conflict and after one of the most surprising chains of events, Batman gets the best of Damage.
We've seen Damage beat the Suicide Squad. He's gone toe to toe with Wonder Woman and mashed an entire team of Justice League members. This was all before running into Superman and putting on a solid showing against him. Having Damage lose to Batman just comes off as lazy. Normally I don't do spoilers but nothing else happens in the comic of note.
The art from Aaron is nice and the fight is well choreographed but its let down by a really mediocre story. I'm a big Robert Venditti fan and it hurts to say that. Ethan's character even feels off. At one point he encounters the Justice League and he straight up turns into a fanboy. The entire comic feels like that. It's like the comic is self-aware that the sales suck and the creative said screw it, the book is getting canceled anyway.
If you're a completionist the comic book may have some value but for everyone else, stay away.