Sunday, January 1, 2012

Review: Batman #4


Batman #4
Scott Snyder - Writer
Greg Capullo - Pencils

Though this particular issue came out almost a month ago, I seriously just wanted to talk about Batman #4, a fantastic issue of the best of the Bat-family series in the New 52. Scott Snyder is seriously bringing his A-game. His intricate tale of the Court of Owls in Gotham City has given Batman an energy and suspense not seen in years. And though this issue was mostly spent in Bruce's flashbacks about the myth of the Court, it never feels like expository overkill.

Part of what makes Snyder's Court of Owls so cool is that it is so steeped in myth. Bruce is convinced the Court can't exist, but the signs are all around him and he really doesn't know what to do. And as always, Greg Capullo's artwork is damn near perfect for the Dark Knight (unlike David Finch's weird renditions of Gothamites.) Without spoiling the last pages, this arc is set to get even more engrossing in the coming months.

Issue Grade: A

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