Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Batman Issue 1 (2011)
You know, there are only 2 reasons why DC Comics is restarting the entire line of 52 DC titles:
1) It's a gimmick to sell more comic books;
2) It's a final attempt at streamlining the DC Universe and making things coherent again after so many continuity-jacking event books.
Regardless, I got my hands on Batman, issue 1 (2011), and I did enjoy the book. The artwork by Greg Capullo is clean and beautiful in spots, like Jim Lee without so much detail. Things are suitably dark but there's a sense of life to these panels thanks to the colors and well done character work.
The story by Scott Snyder sets things up nicely and returns Batman to his detective roots for a few minutes. Not a lot happens here but it is issue 1. There's more to come.
Unlike some of the DC titles, Batman is going to retain the history of the character which means the events of that whole Death of Batman story arc happened in the world of this issue.
The two highlights of this issue for me were the panel of Bruce Wayne and the various proteges: Dick Grayson, Tim Drake, and Damian Wayne all in civilian clothes.
And the section below following a sequence where The Joker and Batman fight side-by-side. If you want to see how that happens, just pick up issue 1 of this reboot of Batman.