Another Wednesday, another New Comic Book Day. As DC’s regular line-up of comics resumes after the month-long interruption of Villain’s Month, one of my most anticipated issues of October is finally here. The next chapter in Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s awesome current arc on Batman, Zero Year. Till now, we’ve seen the early beginnings of how Bruce Wayne becomes Batman and have seen two major villains, in disguise of course. And its been great.
An oversized-issue with a not-quite-backup story, Batman #24 continues this ongoing saga, said to go on for another six issues and one that ties into various other Bat-family titles and even a few others, such as The Flash. All of which just means that this not-quite-event is becoming a really fun event really. But enough waxing lyrical. Let’s get to the review.
Scott Snyder, following on from his epic crossover “Death of the Family” and the 2-part cool-off arc with the Clayface, launched Batman into “Zero Year“. The new arc, which crossovers with several other titles such as The Flash, Nightwing, Batgirl, Action Comics and others is about fleshing out how Bruce Wayne became Batman. In a way, its the comics equivalent of Batman Begins, the first in Christopher Nolan’s highly lauded Batman movie trilogy. We get to see the origins of one of DC’s most popular and oldest characters, in a vision of the character and his allies and the city of Gotham that Scott Snyder has built up through successful issue after successful issue in the New 52 relaunch of the DC Universe. It is certainly an exciting time to start reading some Batman comics, make no mistake.
The first in the new arc, #21 (review), launched the entire story in a most spectacular way, and introduced to us Bruce’s uncle Phil Kane and the latter’s business advisor, Edward Nygma (better known as the Riddler, another classic Batman villain). Without all the usual trappings, Batman was very unlike Batman because he wasn’t Batman yet. He was just a rich kid who grew up with an internal need for vengeance following the murder of his parents, and who has traveled (relatively incognito) all over the world to bring his body to the peak of physical martial perfection.
For someone who has already delivered three powerful arcs in the series already, Snyder’s “Zero Year” promises to raise the game once again. Issues #22 and #23 are certainly among the best that Snyder has written to date on the title.