Ryan Wilson

The New 52: Batman #1 – A Late to the Party Review

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Sure, this review might be eight months too late, but who has time for reviews when there is crime to fight?

Batman #1: Scott Snyder (writer) and Greg Capullo (art)

Disclaimer: The reviewer’s experience with Batman solely comes from movies and video games. He is a self-proclaimed “comics moron”.

What better way could I start my journey into the world of comics than the recent reboot of more than 52 DC titles. I knew I wanted to start with Batman, as he was the only DC property I was familiar with that has had a recent string of movie and video game hits. What I didn’t know was that of the 52 titles updated, 12 of them were related in some way to Batman. So I did what any respectful reviewer would do: I “eeny meeny miney mo”ed it. The simply titled Batman #1 was the lucky winner.

Boy, did I luck out. Batman #1 went right into the action, skipping the motivation parental murders and jumping right into Batman in jail, fighting alongside The Joker, or so we’re led to believe. You see, Batman sent “Boy-Wonder” Dick Grayson right into Arkham with a digitalized Joker disguise and a few acting classes to look for holes in security. If Chris O’Donnell was put into this same situation, he’d be a shank magnet in minutes, but this Dick Grayson plays the part perfectly.

For those completely in the dark, the story does offer slight bits of back story through Bruce Wayne’s bevy of nifty gadgets, including what is essentially a voice activated detective kit. This device must have tabs on everyone in Gotham, as a quick call for facial recognition pulls up information on everyone he targets, testing it on two young boys who just so happen to be different Robins. Batman sure loves him some orphans.

The artwork and story is bloody and gritty, very much at home with the Batman I’ve seen in the Christopher Nolan films and recent “Arkham” games, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. As much as I love the Adam West Batman, this Batman seems much more believable. Sure, the tech might be a little “science-fiction”, but nothing seems too far off.

If Batman #1 is any indicator, this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship with comics.

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