Written by: Scott Snyder
Pencils by: Greg Capullo
Back up story by: James Tynion IV
Art by: Andy Clarke
Snyder And Capullo pull it off month after month, and this is no exception. When you get a team this great you just want it to last forever. Through the Owls story lines they have cemented Batman as one of my favorite books.
#0 gives us the story Bright New Yesterday (a Spiderman reference maybe?) the story of a rookie crime fighter in Bruce Wayne going undercover in the Red Hood’s bank robbing gang. This is a Bruce before the Batman. A green and eager vigilante in the making. This is great to see because Bruce makes a mistake that blows his cover. We see that a lot with pre-Batman stories, but it’s usually in a fight, it’s a physical mistake. Here Bruce makes a mental mistake that almost leads to him getting killed. We don’t usually see Bruce vulnerable to a mental slip, but this one is a doozy!
Of course he barely escapes with his life which leads us into an awkward conversation with Lieutenant Gordon. I really love those moments too. You always get the feeling that Gordon is always a step or two away from figuring out Bruce even though Bruce isn’t even Batman yet. We also get the origin of the Batarang. Awesome!
One thing I couldn’t get off my mind though was the Red Hood. This obviously isn’t Jason Todd, but I’m speculating that maybe the man under the hood is the soon to be Joker. We know that he lived a life of crime as the Red Hood before becoming the Joker so could this be him? I found myself analyzing every mouth line trying to find some confirmation. The flower on the lapel may be the best give away though.
We are also treated to another back up story written by James Tynion. His back up story in Detective Comics #0 was great and he nails it here too. In “Tomorrow” we get the origin of the Bat Signal, but we also get treated to three story lines featuring Dick Grayson, Tim Drake and Jason Todd. Being a huge Robin fanatic(Drake being my favorite) I loved this aspect of the story. Each showing a different aspect of themselves that came to define their runs as Robin. Tim with his intellect, Dick with his physical capabilities and Jason as the thug with a conscience. It was cool to see the three at different points in their lives before becoming Robin, but with the scenes running concurrently with each other, all set against the back drop of Gordon’s first use of the Bat Signal. And the foreshadowing moment of Barbara Gordon watching the Bat Signal was great too. These stories prove why Batman is a must read.
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