Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Greg Capullo
Published by DC Comics
With all the clues finally making sense, Bruce sets into action to stop the Riddler. But does it work?
I think it’s interesting how awesomely Snyder can make these characters. It’s like, you KNOW these characters, but this is before you know them, so they’re different. But you still really know them. None of that makes sense, I know. It’s mind-boggling but awesome, and not many can do characters like that like Snyder can. And emotionless Batman is just about my least favorite thing, so I kind of like seeing him panic when things don’t go exactly how he wants or planned. Also, Angry Batman is a thing that needs to be utilized more…A LOT more.
I know this is another take on the origins of Batman and all, and while the integration of the Wayne’s death was pretty interesting here, I’m kind of over it being used so heavily in the stories. I mean, we get it, that’s the reason Batman even exists, but…I don’t know. While it was integrated into the story pretty well visually, and while I get why the police station scene was there, I don’t really know the importance of their deaths to the main story in this issue. Maybe it’ll be clear later but, for right now, it was a bit ‘meh’ to me.
I just…what can you say about Greg Capullo anymore. His stuff is the bomb. I’ve come to the decision that I like Zero Year-Batman’s suit much more than any other Batsuit ever created. And maaaaan, if you don’t have nightmares involving Doctor Death, then you’re crazy, because Capullo’s designs for him are crazy terrifying and awesome all at the same time. My only gripe and this could be because I’m a bit of a Riddler fan-girl, but I’m not digging the sideburns on Edward Nygma. I was hoping they’d grow on me, but they really haven’t, and that’s a huge bummer.
So, the Riddler kind of…won on this one. And it looks like Bruce is going to have a lot of work to do to fix it.
4 out of 5 nerds