Monday, October 1, 2012

Albert Avilla Reviews: Batman #0

Batman #0
“Bright New Yesterday”

Reviewed by Albert Avilla

Writer: Scott Snyder
Pencils: Greg Capullo
Inks: Jonathan Glapion

Let's talk about the first story. Another Batman story before he was Batman story. Hasn't this been done before? Oh, yeah… it's the new 52; we are going to get a new spin on the story. The story is interesting, but it does leave you hanging until 2013; I hope they don't forget to finish this story. The Red Hood character seems to be interesting and he has a gang, too. He's ruthless, sinister, and maniacal. Wait. He reminds me of; no, it's not that obvious. Is it?

We get to see a fumbling, bumbling Bruce almost get himself killed. That was way original. I'm surprised he ever lived long enough to capture a criminal. The Bat-hideout was cool with all the work-in-progress stuff lying around; makes you think that Bruce has time to create all the devices he uses. Does Bruce have to be hit in the head with a brick before he'll understand that he needs to get out of the hood? The authorities are always investigating things in the hood; go back to your nice mansion that sits on a huge cave. How are you going to hide an industrial complex in the projects? With all that said the story perked my interest enough to have me eagerly awaiting the end. Especially if my sixth sense is right about where the story is heading.

“Tomorrow” (back-up feature)

Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Andy Clarke

Now we get to the backup story, an eight page classic. Sometimes being concise is effective. This is a Robin before they were Robin story and Batgirl, too. We get an intimate look into the character of each Robin: Tim, Jason, and Dick. Tim the self confident genius, Jason the kid who is willing to do what he has to, and Dick the swashbuckling acrobat with that swagger could not be better developed in a twelve issue maxi series. All inspired by the Batman.

The art in the first story was clean and crisp, not the dark gloomy style that most Bat- artists favor. The industrial high-tech look of the Bat-hideout gave the feel of modernized warfare. The art in the second story was more about character. It did a good job of using facial expressions and body language to project personalities.

"Tomorrow" was worth the $3.99. I rate Batman #0 Buy Your Own Copy.

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