Friday, August 7, 2015
Review: BATMAN #41
DC COMICS – @DCComics
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WRITER: Scott Snyder
PENCILS: Greg Capullo
INKS: Danny Miki
COLORS: FCO Plascencia
LETTERS: Steve Wands
COVER: Greg Capullo and Danny Miki with FCO Plascencia
VARIANT COVERS: Sean Murphy with Matt Hollingsworth (Joker 75th Anniversary Cover)
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (August 2015)
Rated “T” for “Teen”
Batman created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger
“Superheavy” Part One
RoboBatBunny? June 2015 kicks off the latest new direction for DC Comics (of sorts). It's called “DC You.” So, even DC's most popular characters must take a new direction, to one degree or another. Gone, gone o'form of Batman... and rise the battle-suit Batman!
Batman #41 (“Superheavy” Part One) opens with some kind of bio-electrical monster attacking Gotham City's Little Cuba neighborhood. Sometime before that attack, however, Powers International (an advanced tech company) makes former Commissioner James “Jim” Gordon an offer that common sense tells him he should refuse. But he really can't. At the age of 46, Jim Gordon may be the only man who can bring to life the new Batman that Gotham needs right now.
Yeah, I want to be a hater. A year and a half ago, I would agree with those who said that Scott Snyder is one of the best Batman comic book writers ever. After the tedium that was “Endgame” and the naseum of the overly long “Zero Year,” I was only grudgingly willing to say that Snyder is one of the best Batman writers of the last two decades... maybe. And then this new Batman thing...
But... and it's a big but (and I know that BellBivDevoe said “don't trust a big butt and a smile”), Snyder could do something really good with this new Batman. Truth to be told, I have always been interested in Batman battle-suits and armor-suits (like the cool one in Frank Miller's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns). I can't help but be interested in Jim Gordon the superhero. Let's slave our imaginations into this Batman's guidance system, and see where it goes... at least, for a little while.
Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux
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