Monday, May 2, 2016

Batman #51

   This issue of Batman (apparently) marks the end of the run for writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo, the duo who have been guiding the Dark Knight's comic (more of less) since the "New 52" started.

   Their run has been pretty solid, although I don't think they ever matched the high point of the opening "Court of the Owls" story.

   Capullo's art has been excellent throughout, and this issue is another gold star on his report card - his layouts have been powerful, with great character designs throughout.

   Snyder's stories haven't always worked, but he's kept the reader on his or her toes, and managed quite a few surprises and solid additions to the Bat-pantheon.

   This issue is aimed at decompression, allowing the reader to sort the new status quo after the whole "Batman has amnesia" foolishness (the low point from the past four years of stories).

   We see some new designs (including a long-overdue upgrade for the Batmobile) and check in on most of the supporting cast and villains.

   So, it's been fun, but I'm anxious to see what's next for this comic - and I'll be watching to see where these creators go next.

   Wherever it is, attention should be paid.

Grade: A-


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