Saturday, July 2, 2016
Batman #1 Asks, "Who is Gotham?"
DC Comics kicks off its new Rebirth run of the Batman title with another renumbering putting the book at issue #1 again. Writer Tom King (Grayson, The Omega Men) picks up with a new dawn coming to Gotham City. Celebrated artist David Finch is back in familiar territory after heading up Batman: The Dark Knight during the New 52 and before.
No one has ever stopped the Caped Crusader. Not The Joker. Not Two-Face. Not even the entire Justice League. But how does Batman confront a new hero who wants to save the city from the Dark Knight?
Batman #1 doesn’t let up for a second from start to finish. Tom King keeps the action and suspense blasting full-speed ahead as if he’s got something to prove. He really does. King has to prove that a re-numbering or relaunch of the flagship Dark Knight title is worthy of loyal readers re-investing in it. I would say he has met the challenge head on and succeeded in his task.
David Finch attacks Batman #1 with the artistic fury he’s come to be known for. Each and every panel of the issue is filled with an intensity and urgency that will electrify readers. His is an unique style which tantalizes the eyes.
Batman #1 is rated T for Teen. It contains violence, profanity, and frightening and intense sequences. A little bloodshed is seen when a villain gets a bullet to the head. Aside from that, everything is typical for a day in the DC Universe.
I’m pleased to report that Batman #1 is a great kickoff for one of the most important titles for the Dark Knight Detective. The issue is packed full of emotional moments and pulse-pounding events that give the book a special complexity that reaches far beyond your typical comic book-reading expectations. We’re left on the edge of our seat as the book closes with the introduction of a new mystery couple of crimefighters.
Batman #1 is available now in print and digital editions.
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