Saturday, June 16, 2012

Batman #10

Of all the "New 52" comics, Batman has been the biggest surprise - and the best book.

At first the book seemed largely unchanged from its previous version, but writer Scott Snyder has been making some subtle (and some not-so-subtle) changes - and this issue promises the most ground-breaking change of all, as Batman gets to the heart of the secret of the Owls.

It introduces one of those shocking story elements that you didn't expect - and as improbable as it seems, it actually works.

Obviously we can't speak of the twist without giving too much away - and a story this good you should enjoy for yourself.

About the only criticism I can make of this story of Batman vs. the Court of Owls is that it's been going on a bit long - coming up on a year now - but it's been sharp, surprising and loaded with great character moments, twists and turns, and actual shocks.

It features some tremendous artwork by Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion, crafting a living, breathing world of gloom and danger.

The Owls are the best new villain Batman has faced in some time. What a welcome thought!

Grade: A


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