Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Batman #28 Review

Written by: Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV
Art by: Dustin Nguyen
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 12, 2014

Eternally Grateful

Batman #28 puts the brakes on Zero Year and gives the reader a peek at Batman Eternal.  Instead of explaining it, Snyder and Tynion drop the reader square into the mess that is Gotham.  I usually try not to spoil too much in my reviews, but I'm going to be extra careful here.  It really is an issue to go into blind and enjoy every page turn for yourself.

Leave it to Scott Snyder and James Tynion to turn a filler issue intended to pique reader's interest in a book months away into a must read.  For how upset I was at the Zero Year stall, by the end of this issue I was grinning ear-to-ear.  The story takes place between issue 39 and 40 of the regular series and gives Batman fans so much.  A new sidekick, an unexpected but well known villain, a barely recognizable setting, awesome fan service and an incredible end reveal.  So good.

Besides some inconsistent first pages, I really enjoyed Dustin Nguyen's art.  I'm spoiled by regular artist Greg Capullo, but I think Nguyen's style fits this story better.  The look of Batman's sidekick is so awesome.

The only downer to this issue is that at the end of the day it is still an advertisement for Batman Eternal and a filler issue until Zero Year continues next month.

Bits and Pieces:

Batman #28 is a sneak peak at the Batman Eternal weekly starting in April.  Make no bones about it, it's an issue released solely to get readers excited for the new book and while it's a shame to interrupt the stellar Zero Year story, I'm sold.  


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