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COMIC REVIEW: FTN reviews Batman #23

August 16th, 2013 by Sarah Barclay Comments

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


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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.