We may not have time to review every book on our pull-lists but we do aim to provide a snapshot of what's been released over the past week, encompassing the good, the bad, and those that lie somewhere in between.
Writer: Scott Snyder
Artists: Greg Capullo, Danny Miki & FCO Plascencia
James R: For reasons that I won't bore you with now, last week I was going through my longboxes and I found my issues of Snyder and Capullo's run on Batman. It occurred to me that I hadn't read the initial instalments since their release in - unbelievably - 2011. I decided it was high time to take a look at those early issues and what struck me is how well they stand up. Back when they were first released, I think there was an expectation that the team of Snyder and Capullo would create a great Batman comic, and delivering on those expectations became the norm for the series. Snyder has always had a rich understanding of Batman and Bruce Wayne's world, and with the book shot through with his horror-influenced aesthetic, perfectly captured by Capullo's art, this has been the one New 52 title that's been an unqualified success. Reading this then, their final issue together, it's of course a little bittersweet, but it's a magnificent payoff for those of us who were on board from the start. This final chapter works as a mirror to the first. In the debut issue, the story began with reflections on the Gotham Gazette's 'Gotham Is' feature. Snyder returns to it here, and has Batman cross paths with a character who only appeared for four pages in issue #3, deftly illustrating the influence that Batman has on his city. As it has been for every issue, that art of Greg Capullo has been a perfect fit for Batman and leaving him with great new Batsuit is a nice send-off. It's an issue that can be read on its own but it is also a superb epilogue to a five-year run. Thanks gentlemen - you gave us the Batman we needed, and more than the one we deserved. 9/10