Written by Scott Snyder, Art by Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion, Cover by Greg Capullo
Solicitation Info (from Previews): Be here for the start of a new era for The Dark Knight from writer Scott Snyder (AMERICAN VAMPIRE, BATMAN: GATES OF GOTHAM) and artist Greg Capullo (Spawn)! A series of brutal killings hints at an ancient conspiracy, and Batman learns that Gotham City is deadlier than he knew.
Bias: I’ve said several times that I generally don’t care for Batman books…and yet, the cover to Batman #1 and 2 really captured my attention (Greg Capullo is an awesome artist), and buzz about the book indicated that Scott Snyder was an amazing writer. So I went out and picked up the first two HCs of American Vampire and the man’s run on Detective Comics. Both were highly impressive, and I find myself really looking forward to Batman, and expect that I’ll actually be collecting a Batman book – two, now that I’ve read Detective Comics #1 and was so impressed by it.
What I liked: It was beautifully illustrated (as I knew it would be), and the story was great. There were several times when my reaction was akin to “Oh, come on! You’ve got to be kidding me!” but then it would be explained and I was suitably impressed – it all added up and made sense. Toward the end, there were a few things that didn’t, but I’m assuming that’s because they’re waiting for a future issue to explain the situation.
What I disliked: Still, for all that I liked, there were a few points that kinda irked me – and these aren’t the kind that can be explained away later. What amazed me the most was that I consistently felt that, while it was definitely a great issue with the promise of more to come, I couldn’t help but feel that Detective Comics was a superior title…
Verdict: I’ll probably collect this title.
As always, SPOILERS in comments, including my favorite scene, thoughts on what happened, and questions about what’s to come.