Batman Comic Reviews: All-Star Batman, Detective Comics, Red Hood and the Outlaws

The Rebirth relaunch has ballooned to ten comic books a week. So again, expect the days that reviews get posted to vary. It was either that or start dropping books I’m actually enjoying.

This was a fantastic week for Rebirth Batman titles. Dare I say, the best week. Scott Snyder has returned to Gotham City to launch a new epic run. This time he will be joined by a revolving door of talented artists, starting with comic book legend John Romita Jr.

SPOILERS AHEAD

All-Star Batman #1All-Star Batman #1

Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: John Romita Jr, Declan Shalvey (Back-up story)
Ink: Danny Miki
Colors/Letters: Dean White, Jordie Bellaire, Steve Wands

Two-Face has become a big enough threat that Penguin and other crime lords help the GCPD capture him. After an attack on Gotham City with acid rain, Harvey Dent pleads to Bruce Wayne to take him to a “house” so he can burn Two-Face away. Batman convinces Jim Gordon to let him take Harvey, but Two-Face made an offer to not release everyone’s secret info and pay a reward if someone stops Batman and Harvey from reaching the “house.” Killer Moth, Firefly, Black Spider, and a diner full of truckers try to stop them but they get away on a big rig. It is revealed that the Gentlemen Ghost is onboard and that Alfred was the one who shot the Batwing down.

Scott Snyder has returned with a vengeance and once again has shown his fellow Bat-writers how it’s done. He did a great job of hyping up a villain that I’ve never been that big on, and Batman just has a particular voice under Snyder that I thoroughly enjoy reading. I’m assuming the house Bruce and Harvey need to reach at the end of the road trip is a childhood home. The whole road trip angle sounded weird at first but was setup well enough that I’m completely onboard for the rest of the story. It’s exciting just trying to think up the possible B-list villains that might show up during the trip.

If I had to nitpick: The Damian Wayne conspiracy is real, and Alfred turning on Bruce is unforgivable but I’m sure Snyder has a hell of a reason.

I think we can all agree that the big guy, Greg Capullo, was sorely missed. But on the bright side, John Romita Jr. has turned in his best work at DC Comics to date. I did like the pencils and the colors they went with. The characters looked different but in a good way, it was a fresh take on them. A lot of great storytelling going on in the panels.

In the back-up story, Bruce and Duke Thomas find people sliced a certain way that forces them to remain still or open more wounds. Batman suspects Zsasz. Nothing too crazy happening in this short story, but Duke may be getting the character development he so desperately needs.

Rating: 10/10 All this in a single issue. Thank BatGod for Scott Snyder’s return.

Detective Comics #938Detective Comics #938

Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Alvaro Martinez, Al Barrionuevo(pgs 1-4)
Ink: Raul Fernãndez
Colors/Letters: Brad Anderson, Adriano Lucas, Marilyn Patrizio

The story flashes back to the colonel being put on a mission that will work in the shadows. He looks over the League of Shadows file containing a report on the Court of Owls. At her mothers grave, Kate tells her father she wants to be a soldier and work with him. In the present, the team gets information in The Colony and break Batman out. Ulysses and the colonel prepare to send an army of drones out to take out their targets before Batman can stop them.

I was trying to think of ways that the League of Shadows could be created into a big threat to Batman, and I have to admit, the Court of Owls inclusion has thrown me for a loop. It makes sense that they are tied together, both have something in common. Batman didn’t believe either existed, but he was wrong on one of them. Story moved along nicely despite it being an action packed issue.

The art was fine, but I do miss the artist from the first three issues. Even so, the extra artist in this issue didn’t take me out of the story like with Green Lanterns.

Rating: 9/10 A damn fine book and a damn fine team. I really do love all these characters working together. Hopefully we can have Nightwing, Robin, and Batgirl cameos during this run. So far so good though.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #1Red Hood and the Outlaws #1

Writer: Scott Lobdell
Artist: Dexter Soy
Colors/Letters: Veronica Gandini, Taylor Esposito

Jason Todd saves an old woman named Ma Gunn who use to run the orphanage he stayed at. She was using her orphans as henchmen till Batman and Jason stopped her. After getting out of jail She was threatened by the Black Mask who is strengthening his control over the Gotham City underworld and has something big planned. Jason attempts to get closer to Black Mask and is out to the test of robbing a train. He’s thwarted by an Amazonian named Artemis.

The story does a great job of focusing on Jason Todd. Too many times a writer is quick to throw a team together and then worry about growing the characters individually later. I’m always harsh in Lobdell, but there’s no denying he writes a fantastic Red Hood. He actually made me want to know more about Jason’s time at the orphanage. Also, I feel like Black Mask already knows Red Hood is only pretending to be a villain to get closer to him.

Two issues in and the art has really surprised me in Red Hood and the Outlaws. It’s not my favorite book right now but it does look great.

Rating: 7/10 The book is a really fun read and very easy for anyone jump into. Not an overly complex story to start but it kept you interested every page. Let’s hope Artemis adds to the fun.

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