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Review: Batman #39
Written by Scott Snyder with James Tynion IV
Art by Greg Capullo, Danny Miki, and FCO Plascancia with Dustin Nguyen, Derek Fridolfs, and Dave McCaig
Things are not looking great for Batman. The city is infected with a Joker virus, the Joker may or may not be unkillable, and now the only people he has left to go to for help is the Court of Owls. Things couldn’t possibly go bad, right?
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Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by DOUG MAHNKE, KEITH CHAMPAGNE, AND CHRISTIAN ALAMY
Cover by IVAN REIS, JOE PRADO, AND ROD REIS
On sale JUNE 25 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T Introducing the new Power Ring! But who is she? What does she want? And how will her presence affect the team?
Lex Luthor is knocking on Bruce Wayne’s door, asking to speak with Batman! Captain Cold gets a job! The Justice League scrambles as the new wielder of the Power Ring is found!. Shazam is bored at Watch Tower! Big events are all everywhere in this book (ok, maybe not the Shazam part) as Geoff Johns continues his post-Forever Evil run on Justice League.
First off, the art in this book is excellent. Manke and Champagne never disappointed when they collaborated with Geoff Johns in the past on Green Lantern and they do not disappoint now. On top of the art, the story is actually pretty good too. Justice League has had a problem in the past of focusing squarely on the huge events at hand and letting the characters fall through the cracks, but that’s not the case here. Maybe that’s because a majority of the issue is devoted to Lex Luthor and Captain Cold, and everyone knows how much Johns loves to write his villains. That said, Shazam, Cyborg, Bruce Wayne, and even Alfred all had some great character bits in the issue. The Lex Luthor- Bruce Wayne conversation is the definite stand out part of the book.
I don’t like the look of the new Power Ring. She looks too much like a flower child hippie to me and I’m sorry, but I just cannot take her seriously as a destroyer of worlds like the Power Ring itself actually says she will be. I’m also afraid the book is about to get way too overcrowded soon. Johns reintroduced a team of heroes in this issue and i’m afraid either they, or more likely the actual Justice League, will be lost in the shuffle of big event storytelling.
Story: 4 out of 5 Art: 4 out of 5 Overall: 4 out of 5
Review: Batman #32
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Art by GREG CAPULLO and DANY MIKI
Cover by GREG CAPULLO
On sale JUNE 25 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T The penultimate issue of ZERO YEAR is here! Batman gets one step closer to the endgame with The Riddler as the final chapter of ZERO YEAR: SAVAGE CITY draws closer to its stunning finale!
Batman, Lucius Fox, and Jim Gordon try their last desperate attempt to find the Riddler and end the Zero Year, but nothing is ever as easy as it seems when the Riddler is involved and the full extent of his plan is finally revealed with satisfying results.
Greg Capullo has been delivering some of the best art of his entire career in this book. The whole thing is simply fantastic. Dany Miki is no slouch either. Very rarely do you see a Batman book with such rich and vibrant colors. Usually they are always dark and dreary, but as nature is taking over the city, it is great to see some other colors at play. The story is pretty good here too. There are some twists and turns, as to be expected with a Riddler arc, but nothing to extraordinary. That said, this is still easily the best Riddler story to come out in years. The call back to the game Nigma and Bruce played earlier this year was pretty great too.
There really isn’t anything bad with the issue itself. Its beautifully drawn and well written, as always. Sure, some of the twists were things we have seen before, but it was still done well. The problem with this story line is and forever will be the necessity of it and whether it was worth halting an entire year’s worth of current Batman stories for this one origin story. That’s an argument for a different column, though. Here I am just supposed to tell you what I thought of the issue at hand and I say its a good read.
Story: 4 out of 5 Art: 5 out of 5 Overall: 4.5 out of 5