DC Comics launches another limited title revolving around the Dark Knight with All-Star Batman #1. I know many readers out there are thinking to themselves, "Seriously, another Batman book?" However, the combined strengths of Writer Scott Snyder and Artist John Romita Jr. should be enough to garner at least enough curiosity in a comic fan to give the debut issue a try. If you take a peek inside the pages, you might just find yourself coming back for more.
In All-Star Batman #1, the Dark Knight must take Two-Face to a destination out of Gotham City. The duplicitous villain has a two of spades up his sleeve. Every assassin, bounty hunter and ordinary citizen with something to hide is on their tails with one goal: kill Batman!
All-Star Batman #1 does exactly what it's supposed to do. The reader is left with unanswered questions that demand you come back for more. Romita Jr.'s illustrations guide you through each panel as the tension continues to build up until the last page.
Scott Snyder also pens a backup story focusing on Batman's new partner, Duke, and his training. Artist Declan Shalvey brings Snyder's words to life. He provides disturbing imagery that pounds home the intensity of what we should expect in upcoming chapters giving us background on Duke's preparation to fight side-by-side with the Caped Crusader.
I'm enjoying how Batman is trying to approach the training of Duke. Instead of treating him like his sidekick, he see him as more of a protege to ultimately stand with him on a level playing ground. The stubborn Dark Knight is giving us a glimpse of personal growth and showing that he knows he won't always be able to do it all and needs help.
Issue #1 of All-Star Batman is rated T for Teen. It contains violence, profanity, and frightening and intense scenes. The content seen here are standard for what's going on in the monthly titles for DC Comics.
All-Star Batman #1 gives two of the most renowned comic book creators a chance to pool together their talents for what promises to be quite a tense tale of adventure and mystery. A premiere issue set up as well as this one is a good example of what makes serial storytelling so engaging and successful. Scott Snyder's fabulous talents as a writer is complemented by the unique penciling skills of John Romita Jr.
All-Star Batman #1 is available now in print and digital editions.
Below is a preview of All-Star Batman #1 provided by CBR. Click on the page to enlarge.