ALL-STAR BATMAN #1 – Review
A lot of people will tell you that the creative well of story telling for Batman as a character has been tapped. In the 75 years of Batman nearly every single kind of story, every kid of twist has been used to define or redefine the dark knight. Then came Scott Snyder. Snyder not only brought Batman to his detective roots, re-imagined his core rogues gallery and brought the bat to his knees, he breathed new life into a character once thought of as played out.
It’s been 5 years since Court of Owls and DC is trying to jump start their whole line with REBIRTH. All-Star Batman was announced almost 6 months ago now and had fans salivating over what Scott Snyder was calling “my Long Halloween.” Snyder promised to redefine Batman’s relationship with his core rogues, and while I’m a huge Snyder fan I had some doubts. I no longer have doubts.
All Star-Batman #1 is the single best first issue in the entire Rebirth line, easy. It maybe the best first issue since Batman #1 for the new 52 back in 2011. This issue is everything you love about Batman remixed new ideas and new directions so intriguing that it will have you screaming for the next issue.
Two-Face is the villain highlighted here. He used to be stale in my opinion. Snyder has given him an edge that I’ve never seen before that is not only brilliant but compelling. I refuse to spoil this story for anyone but let’s just say when Batman threatens a villain with a chainsaw, you’re in for something special.
John Romina Jr. what can I say besides, beautiful work as usual. So much has been written about the man’s work that it would be stupid for me to talk about his totally original facial work and the brilliant colors used in this book. Some people hate his work and I get it but ever since he was on Spider-Man back in the early 2000’s I’ve been a huge fan.
All-Star Batman is a home run for DC. They have been on the uptick lately but this is the book that gets them back to form. It’s everything that is good about Batman wrapped into a tight little package. What the future holds for this title is only going to be pure gold. Entertaining, engrossing and beautiful, All-Star Batman is the total package.