Batwing was a short-lived series written by Judd Winick and drawn by Ben Oliver, one of the early titles in DC's New 52 lineup. Spinning out of Grant Morrison's Batman, the series initially followed the exploits of David Zavimbe, the Batman of Africa, as he tried to fight crime in the Democratic Republic Of Congo. Later, the series was retooled, and the mantle was taken up by Luke Fox, the son of longtime Batman ally Lucius Fox.
Not to be confused with Batman's plane.
This series contains examples of:
- Child Soldiers: David and his brother Isaac were both forced to serve as child soldiers in the Army of the Dawn. They managed to escape, but while David managed to pull his life together, Isaac... didn't.
- Covers Always Lie: How did David actually stop being Batwing in issue 19? He simply retired and Bruce was understanding. How did the cover depict it? A badly-wounded David on the ground with a sinister-looking Batman standing over him with the tagline "A Hero Falls".
- Dark and Troubled Past: David and Isaac Zavimbe lost their parents at a young age to HIV/AIDS, then got drafted as child soldiers in the Army of the Dawn. They escaped, eventually, but they both still struggle with the after-effects.
- Darkest Africa: When the series was focused on David Zavimbe, this trope was very much in play, with Batwing fighting criminals in the Savannah.
- Dirty Cop: Tinasha is rife with them. That the terrorist organization Leviathan has placed a number of its operatives in the local government does not help things.
- Retool: After eighteen issues following David Zavimbe, the series suddenly switched to following Luke Fox, the son of longtime Batman ally Lucius Fox.