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COMIC REVIEW: FTN reviews Batman #21

June 14th, 2013 by Sarah Barclay Comments

Written by Scott Snyder (Backup co-writer: James Tynion IV)

Art by Greg Capullo (Inker: Danny Miki; Colorist: Fco Plascencia)

(Backup artist: Rafael Albuquerque, Colorist: Dave McCaig)

It’s finally here! The beginning of the much-hyped, 11-issue arc, Zero Year. Scott Snyder hits the ground running as he takes us back to the time before Batman existed. In a brilliant mix of real-time and flashbacks, Snyder effectively expands the cast and gives ridiculous importance to small phrases like, “What do you love about the city, Bruce?” I’m sure it’s also a bit of foreshadowing, this attention to the words, but I found it also to be instantly reflective, especially with how the layout of this issue was.

Capullo’s pencils were nothing short of beautiful, and little Bruce is probably one of the most adorable things I’ve ever seen. From page one, there was an almost cinematic element to everything, and it was accented wonderfully by Miki and Plascencia’s inks and colors.

I’ll be honest, when I started hearing about Zero Year, I was hesitant about the whole thing. But after this issue I’m more than ready to jump on the bandwagon. There was just something about it that was…different. As a fan of the Snyder/Capullo team, I feel like I might have gotten used to their ‘norm.’ Saying that, there is a lightness to the story that the flagship title hasn’t had in an awfully long time. And while I’m all for emotionally driven and somewhat dark stories, there is a point where it’s too much. The creative team wasn’t kidding when they said it was different from anything they’d done before. And I am all for the change.

The backup was equally entertaining, a bit of a mini-story going into Bruce’s training days. I hope these types of simple one-and-done narratives continue throughout the Zero Year arc

4.5 out 5 nerds

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Self proclaimed as hilarious, Sarah is a strange mixture of weird human and sports fan. Hailing from Pittsburgh, PA (but currently studying photography in Ohio) she spends most of her time running into tables and tripping over herself while waiting for a TARDIS to show up in the courtyard. If not in a tree or receiving medical attention, she can be found on the tweeter-box (@alfredthebatcat) ranting about ice hockey, baseball or her undying love of Dick Grayson.