Friday, January 24, 2014
Review: Batman #27
Writer: Scott Snyder
Pencils: Greg Capullo
Alright, let's get this out of the way. I am not a fan of the New 52, nope, not at all. I am not a fan of Batman, not that I dislike the character, just was never my cup of tea. BUT........I loved this comic. The New 52 wanted to reboot the DC Universe to entice new readers, what they should have done is what Scott Snyder is doing right now in the Batman title with "Year Zero", telling the story of Bruce Wayne getting his feet wet during the first year. Contrary to what people think of how the GCPD (Gotham City Police Dept.) may think of Batman, they REALLY HATE him here. He is digging up all the dirt that they are trying to hide and other than he and Jim Gordon, they want it hid. The issue starts with Bruce getting the snot beat out of him by the Police. It looks bad. He escapes, but with the help of both Alfred, his butler and surrogate father, and Jim Gordon. This book really starts to solidify the importance of their relationships and where they started to grow. I don't want to give a lot away here, but really encourage people to read this. Not because of surprises, but because it is so well written and should be enjoyed that way.
Sure, there is a villain involved, but the overarching story of Batman's first year is what really shines. Greg Capullo'a art, once again, is beautiful, but I feel the colors were off just a bit.
This is how the universe should have been restarted. You have a year to go back and tell these types of stories to bring in the new readers and keep older readers. I know for one, this is definitely a new reader that will be following the character for some time.
Rating: BUY, BUY!!
P.S.: I got no idea how the cover fits in. Just sayin'.