Friday, September 14, 2012

Batman #0

Up to this issue, I've maintained that Batman is one of if not the best of the "New 52" comics.

But this one didn't work for me.

It takes us back to Bruce Wayne's pre-Batman career, as he tries to figure out the best approach to fighting crime in Gotham City.

It's ground that was well-covered in the original "Year One" series, but writer Scott Snyder finds some new corners unexplored. I could quibble about the change to a certain weapon in Batman's arsenal - it's wildly improbable - and the origin of another classic bit of Batman lore, the Bat-Signal - but the story's most painful misstep is the fact that a one-shot prequel is actually a continued story - that won't be concluded until next year.

The second story in the issue offers a look at some of the members of the Bat-Family in their pre-Bat configurations. It's interesting to a point, but doesn't really shed a lot of light.

Excellent art as always by Greg Capullo and Andy Clarke, but the story doesn't do much more than establish the Red Hoods as murdering monsters.

After a year of excellence, this was a bit of a letdown. But next issue looks promising.

Grade: B


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