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52apolooza: Batman

Written by ZombieLovePony, Dom G and Katie Hutchison on Monday, October 03 2011 and posted in Reviews

The Man, the Bat, the Legend.  Batman #1 comes under review by our 52apolooza team!  How does it do?  Click and find out!

Welcome to 52apolooza, the Outhouse feature focusing on DC's September Relaunch.  All of DC's 52 titles will be reviewed by our pool of reviewers to point out the best and worst that DC's new comic book line has to offer.  To see how this book ranks among the other new DC titles, be sure to check out our 52apolooza Rankings!

If there's one book that was pegged to be a winner in DC's New 52, it's Batman.  Written by DC's top writer, Scott Snyder, with art by Greg Capullo, people have been salivating over the book for weeks.  Does it live up to the hype?  Read on and find out!

Grab Bag Reviewer: ZombieLovePony

"Back to Stealth Mode, I see. Come on, let's go look at some art." - Harvey Bullock

The Dark Knight is one of the few characters in the DC Universe who remains practically untouched in the new 52 relaunch. Naturally, the curiosity factor how they would continue a story, when the entire universe around him has changed so drastically, swelled to a fever pitch with high expectations for Bruce Wayne's reclaiming of his monthly title. Fortunately, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo deliver an amazing issue, which not only develops Batman even further as a character, it also sets up an extremely intriguing and exciting story, while still allowing the reader to enjoy this issue on their own.

batman1Snyder excels at bringing the reader into the mind of Bruce Wayne and the world of Gotham City. He perfectly ties together great character moments throughout the story that relate to the overall plot, as well as a breaknecked but well placed storyline, which reintroduces several of the Bat family. Characters are written is the same vain as they always have, but their actual dialogue sounds more realistic and relatable to a modern audience. Interactions between all of the characters are cleverly written and no dialogue seems out of place or uneccesary. Snyder really hits this one out of the park, by accomplishing the seemingly impossible: making a Batman book as enjoyable and insightful as Grant Morrison. Ordinarily, readers would probably be satisfied enough simply by the terrific narrative Snyder presents, however, it seems that the art even surpasses this.

Greg Capullo, who has never drawn Batman before, looks as though he has done it for ages. Each panel is littered with exceptional detail, filled with nuances that even a seasoned veteran would ordinarily miss. While the artwork isn't overly realistic, an incredible sense of movement and expression is conveyed with every pencil stroke. It's heavily stylized in the vein of a Dark Knight Returns or Batman: Year One, and it really makes the book stand out even more so than it already does.

Batman #1 is the best of the DC new 52 by far. Everything about this comic simply works perfectly, and pleases fans new and old of the Dark Knight. Think of it like a great soup: all of the components while ordinarily great by themselves, meld together and blend to form a terrific treat for the senses. This is nothing short of a perfect read, because it evokes emotion from the reader, while also remaining entertaining and engaging. If this creative team of Snyder and Capullo continue to perform at this level for their remaining time on Batman, this will easily be THE definitive run on The Dark Knight, which is saying a lot.

Final Score: 100/100

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