He fought Darkseid, traveled through time, discovered his lost son, Damian, and founded Batman Inc., an international corporation devoted to stopping crime funded by his alter ego, Bruce Wayne. The stories and characters of the Batman mythos did not need a reboot.
So how is Batman in the New 52 DC Universe?
I’m pleased to report that he is still awesome. In fact, Batman hasn’t changed much at all post-reboot. His costume is different, but every detail of his story is exactly the same as it was before the relaunch.
Batman #1 is truly meant for old comic fans, and people who have never read a comic before but know who Batman is. Although, the writer could have spent a little more time explaining who the various Robins were; the book does use a clever exposition device that gives you their name, their current code name, and their relation to Batman.
Now it’s time to talk about the art. Only one word can be properly used to describe it. Wow. Greg Capullo, a veteran artist on Spawn, gives the book an energy in panels while filling the backgrounds with incredible detail. Some of his characters can come off as cartoony on certain pages, but it’s an art style that is inviting to the comic and non-comic fan.
Batman #1 begins with a break out at Arkham Asylum which Batman quickly shuts down with the help of a surprising ally. The story then moves to Wayne Manor where Bruce announces his plans to rebuild derelict neighborhoods in Gotham. Commissioner Gordon gets a call about a murder, and Batman rushes off to examine the crime scene. Clues at the scene reveal to Batman, a new ongoing mystery, and a threat to someone close to the cowl.
The entire issue is wrapped in a monologue by Batman. Normally, I despise this type of narration, but writer Scott Synder weaves the words into the narrative so it becomes a back bone to the story happening on the page.
Batman #1 is a comic I would hand to any of my friends that know of Batman, and have never read a comic book. The art is great. The story is fun, and intriguing. While the mystery, which is revealed at the end, is a big enough hook to keep everyone coming back for more.
Oh, and you remember that surprising ally that helps Batman during the break out at Arkham Asylum? It’s the Joker. Go buy this book!
Batman #1 Grade: A+