Thursday, June 26, 2014

Batman #32 Review

Written by: Scott Snyder
Art by: Greg Capullo
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 26, 2014

Zero Interest 

Zero Year has been great.  Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have put their stamp on Batman by giving us something old and something new and a mix and twist on both.  So why am I not enjoying myself?  The only thing I can think is that the book is getting stale.  It's probably just me (and how well this book sells, that's a strong possibility), but while each individual issue is really good, I'm really tired of Zero Year as a whole.  Please don't chase me through the streets with pitchforks and torches, but I can't wait for Zero Year to end.

Batman, Jim Gordon and Lucius Fox continue working together to figure out where Nygma is hiding.  They are trying their best, but the Riddler is always one step ahead.  Unfortunately, guessing wrong has become a deadly option that will result in Gotham City being wiped off the map. Watching the three work for Gotham's future is my favorite part of the last couple of issues.  However, the tension when they are separated by Nygma is even better.

Scott Snyder has done a PR wonder with the Riddler.  He may tell riddles, but the man is no longer a joke.  He's a horrible man who has the crazy, but proud City of Gotham on it's knees.  This issue ends with Batman thinking he has won and then the Riddler pulling the rug from under his feet once again.  If you needed proof that the Riddler is legit, read this issue.

Greg Capullo's art is detailed greatness.  Everything from Nygma's outfit to sleeveless dirt bike Batman looks great. Danny Miki's ink and FCO Plascencia's colors add to the great look.  It's odd seeing Batman mostly in the daylight, but when he slinks back into the shadows after Zero Year I'm going to miss the look of this book.

I mentioned it up top that while Zero Year is technically great, I haven't really been enjoying it.  I feel the same about this issue.  Maybe it's because it's mostly setup for next month's finale, but I have lost the spark I felt for this book at the beginning of the event.  Believe me, it pains me to even write it, but I can't convince myself that I'm loving this book anymore.  I still like it, I just want Zero Year to end.

Bits and Pieces:

Zero Year has become the coming out party for the Riddler.  Scott Snyder has made him so badass and dangerous.  This issue continues Nygma's rise as he outwits Batman over and over again.  Unfortunately, even with Scott Snyder's great writing and Greg Capullo's awesome art, I'm no longer enjoying myself.  I can't wait for next month, but mainly just to wrap up this story and get on to something new and exciting.


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