Writer: Scott Snyder (Backup co-writer: James Tynion IV)
Penciller: Greg Capullo (Backup artist: Rafael Albuquerque)
Inker: Danny Miki
Colorist: Fco Plascenci
Published by: DC Comics
Zero Year heats up, literally. We pick up the story right where #22 ended, with Bruce caught right in the middle of an explosion at his apartment. This bit got a little confusing, with the back-and-forth perspective going on, and took a bit longer than expected to get through. But the endgame is understanding what’s going on, and that was never a problem.
I adore the way Snyder throws in those little moments of memory Bruce experiences of his father. It adds that emotion that I think a lot of comics are still lacking these days, and does so without throwing it in your face or making it too obvious. I also am a huge fan of how he writes Nygma and that arrogant cleverness. I always find myself smirking at his dialogue.
I mentioned earlier how some of the scenes took me a while to get through, but Capullo makes it worthwhile. Even in the back-and-forth sections, I couldn’t stop gaping at his, and Miki and Plascencia’s, work. Everything about their pages are nothing short of beautiful. How about those pages at the end, after Alfred patched Bruce up? I can’t even begin to describe how much they pleased me. You can really see the time and effort put into these issues.
And those back-ups. Man, do I love everything about them. Snarky, rebellious Bruce is something that should be focused on way more than it is.
4 out of 5 nerds