Sunday 22 December 2013

Batman #26 Review

Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Greg Capullo

Will Zero Year continue to be as awesome as it’s been so far? Read on to find out.

The official description from DC Comics:

ZERO YEAR continues! With Gotham City thrown into total chaos by The Riddler, Batman and Jim Gordon must learn to work together!

The first part of Zero Year involving the Red Hood Gang was simply astonishing, though it has been a bit slower as of late, though it ended on a brilliant cliffhanger with the last issue.

Scott Snyder continued from this cliffhanger brilliantly, though the issue itself was still lacking in areas, not being as exciting or explosive as the storyline was during the first part. Snyder did however do a great job of building up yet more hype and suspense in this issue, utilising one of Batman’s oldest villains, Doctor Death in an outstanding way. I also loved how Snyder answered the puzzling questions that last issue asked, whilst also showing a more intense side to the relationship between Bruce and Jim Gordon. It did however overall have too much set-up throughout the issue, which ultimately made it a little bit slower.

The artwork from Greg Capullo was however astonishing as usual, and was easily one of the best things about this issue. I loved the layout of Capullo’s art, as well as the immense detail that he adds, making this story feel all the more intense and suspenseful. I am however still not a huge fan of the change to Bruce’s look, as although it gives something a little more distinguishing for this younger Caped Crusader, it just doesn’t look right to me. This however is only personal taste, and nothing against Capullo’s art, as his work on Doctor Death and the action more than made up for this minor annoyance.

Zero Year appears to be slowing down a touch to set-up the big clash between Batman and the Riddler, and although this will probably pay off eventually it is slightly hurting the story the now. It is however still one of the better series out the now and it’s easy to recommend this issue.

Rating: 7/10

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