Thursday, March 13, 2014

Batman #29 Review

Written by: Scott Snyder
Art by: Greg Capullo
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: March 12, 2014

Zero Worries

Zero Year has been so good.  Yes, we are getting a revamp of Batman's origin story, but it is so much more.  It is a great Riddler story.  It's a great disaster story.  It's a great action story.  Hell, let's just say it's a great story, period.  Now that that's out of the way, what do we get this month?  Not just a thrilling and awesome conclusion to the Dark City arc, but an extra-sized issue of one of the best comic books you can buy.  Here's a spoiler...I liked this issue.

Scott Snyder is on the top of the world.  He gets to write stories with arguably the most popular superhero in the world.  Seriously, DC could release "Batman and His Sock Puppet" and it would sell. However, like the greats, Snyder doesn't just mail it in.  Nope, he has made Batman his own and has made it awesome.  The Court of the Owls, Death of the Family and now Zero Year.  It is a great time to be a Batman fan.

This issue has so much going on that it is no surprise that it should be read multiple times.  That's not a bad thing because it is that good.  Yes, it has little winks, cameos and shout outs, but it is also a great action comic. The Super Storm  finally hit and we get to see Gotham desperately trying to cope. The street level bits are so good and seeing the City's citizens struggling to survive makes everything else hit harder.  It doesn't hurt that "everything else" is Batman fighting Doctor Death while teaming with James Gordon to figure out and stop the Riddler's plan.

If that wasn't enough, we also see the most important moment of Bruce Wayne's life.  You know, the one that sets him on the path of justice.  We have been waiting for it and it doesn't disappoint.  Of course, Snyder gives us so much more.  We learn Doctor Death's motivation and it's personal and heartbreaking as well.

Reading this book actually reminds me of great children's movies.  You know, the ones they say are great for the kids, but the parents will love as well.  This story is great for new Batman readers, but longtime Batman fans will also love it.  They may even love it more.

Greg Capullo got some extra time to work on this extra-sized issue and man was it worth it.  Saying it's great is not enough.  The work on this issue is mind blowing and jaw dropping goodness.  Seriously,  I just stared at some of the panels in awe.

Bits and Pieces:

It is no surprise that Batman #29 is good.  It is much more than that.  It is an awesome action comic and a great origin revamp for every Batman fan to enjoy.  Throw in some of the best art I have ever seen and you have a winner.  Like I said, with Snyder and Capullo that is no surprise.



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