Brandon – After reading his Detective run with Dick as Batman, I was interested in seeing what writer Scott Snyder does with Bruce. Holy exceeded expectations, nerds! This. Book. RULED! Batman is back with all sorts of new gadgets and technology, and Bruce Wayne is out to change Gotham for the better. This book starts with a throw-down in Arkham Asylum and stunning artwork by Greg Capullo. Helping him take down the Arkham inmates is none other than…The Joker?! There’s more to that as you read through the book. Towards the end we get the perfect set-up for a new villain, The Owl, and a jaw dropping last page that has put all the other 52 books (so far) to shame. Synder and Capullo were born to do Batman together. I hope this is the start of a long and beautiful relationship. 5 out of 5 Nerdskulls.
Jim – I will state this with every review I write for the DC Relaunch, I’m a Marvel guy so I know very little of the DC world beyond the heavy hitters (Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, etc.), and even to that end I have not kept up with their latest story lines. I found the recent relaunch extremely enticing in that I might find a better connection with these characters. This book had an amazing opening! I love that we get to see a rogue’s gallery right from the start. And the Joker helping Batman? Am I in Bizarro’s world? No, all these things are explained with great clarity and efficiency, while at the same time leading us to an amazing reveal on the last panel that definitely left me wanting more. We also get to see Bruce Wayne work his magic and carry over a bit from Batman and Robin #1 in that he is carrying on his parents’ legacy in Gotham. All I can say is, read this book! You will not be disappointed. On a side note, rarely do you get a comic cover that actually shows things that happen in the book anymore. Not true in this case! I give this book 5 out of 5 Nerdskulls.
Cubby – HOLY SHOCKING ENDING BATMAN!!! After all that’s happened to Batman in the last 4 years, it’s easy to say I didn’t want any of the mythos to be altered. Luckily, neither did Scott Snyder, and thank Rao for that. Instead we get the same action-packed Batman that we’re used to. The mystery in this one is of course disturbing and out there, but it’s what unfolds later in the issue that really raises eyebrows and drops jaws. The Batman family is a really tight-knit group, but exactly how close are they, and would anyone of them feel contempt for something Bruce has done? The only way to know is to keep reading, and when a book reads and looks this good (THANK YOU GREG CAPULLO) that’s an easy thing to do. I’m confidently giving this book 5 out of 5 Nerdskulls, and I know this run is going to repeat that rating a few dozen times over.
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