Wednesday 29 January 2014

Batman #27 Review

Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Greg Capullo

Will Batman survive his battle with the GCPD? Read on to find out.

The official description from DC Comics:

“ZERO YEAR” reaches an all-important crossroads as Batman and Jim Gordon try to turn the lights back on in Gotham City. This issue leads directly into the final arc of Zero Year, which begins here next month!

I have had mixed feelings over Zero Year, as with the first arc being immense I expected a lot from this second arc, which to be honest has overall felt like a filler before the third arc. It has however had some good moments, with the early relationship between James Gordon and Batman being very interesting at times.

Scott Snyder once again produces a very good script in this issue, as although I still feel like it's taking up time prior to Batman's big encounter with the Riddler, it's still very dramatic. Snyder also manages to time everything well, as it wouldn't have been easy to follow up from the epic action sequence at the start of the issue, but he managed to do it in a way that was both intriguing without the pace changing too dramatically. On top of this Snyder also did a great job of showing more of Gordon's background, and how his characteristics were ever so slightly different back then (whilst still being overall good natured).

Greg Capullo once again did a phenomenal job of the artwork, and is still one of the things I love the most about this series. Capullo lays out his art in a way that captures each moment perfectly, allowing for every panel to be in it's own way very dramatic. Added to this the explosive action sequences and the way he shows character emotion and it's hard to think of the series being as good without his artwork. Capullo also continues to add the perfect dark tone this series needs, having a brilliant silhouette moment. On top of all this the colours from FCO Plascencia were once again outstanding, giving the perfect finish to Capullo's fabulous art.

Zero Year continues to have a mixed affect on me, as despite my overall opinion being very positive, I question the necessity of the length. I do however still highly recommend this and can't wait to read more.

Rating: 8/10

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