Saturday, July 13, 2013

Batman # 22 Review

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo continue to create a definitive origin for the New 52 Batman in Batman # 22, part 2 of "Zero Year". Review powered by Castle Geek and Comicx Hub.

It's the first encounter between Bruce Wayne and his other rogues in the midst of his war against the Red Hood gang. Other writers could've taken a backseat and write a contrived story beat but Snyder impresses us with something that's got more meat. 

I still don't like pre-Justice League # 1 Batman/Bruce Wayne. He just scratches me the wrong way. Then again, there are dozens of portrayals of  Batman in the New 52 that rubs me the wrong way. The redeeming factor for young Bruce is that he's slowly crawling out of the slump that he's currently in now. That and the fact that it's fun to see hims screw up and come up with bizaare ideas to get out of that mess.

There's a good drama bit between Alfred and Bruce here in this issue which was very deep. It's what we've all been waiting for Alfred to give to his young master ever since he returned to Gotham City. It's very "The Dark Knight Rises"-ish. And just like TDKR, it ends really bad not just for Bruce but for his entire bunker. Something I look forward to see dealt with next issue.

The encounter between Edward Nygma (The Riddler) and Bruce Wayne was also entertaining. The design of the panels was even better.It's like a quite taste of what these will be doing in a few more months (or a maybe a year or so given that the New 52 Universe's timeline as confusing as hell itself).  On the other hand, things really didn't start great for Bruce Wayne and Oswald Cobblepott who later becomes the Penguin

The back-up bit written by Snyder and Tynion together with Rafael Albuquerque's art is impressive. It's about beating and beating the impossible and ties neatly to the current storyline. Problem is, I'm having a hard time connecting the Bruce Wayne from the backup with the Wayne that's in the main story. After all, he did learn that sometimes winning will require you to do the impossible. And that's obviously not the case for the Gotham Bruce.

Still, for it's cover price, I'd say Batman # 22 is a decent book to pick up. Nothing mindblowing in this issue though. Just enough to whet your appetite for much more in this book's future.

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