The comic book medium is a rich tapestry that combines the elements of storytelling narrative and visual artistry so in reading, reviewing and appreciating the content of a comic book issue, one must never neglect to take the aesthetic appeal that complements the written passages within Scott Snyder s Zero Year issues have been widely acclaimed not only for its scope of story but also the splendid collaboration among Greg Capullo penciler , Danny Miki inker and FCO colorist to produce some of the most engaging and stunning artwork and illustrations that truly capture the essence of Snyder s stories as they come to life in the pages.
Another thing to commend for this saga are the covers which range from minimalist depictions of objects to beautifully detailed portraits that have symbolic meanings The cover for this volume falls on the latter category One of the most iconic images of Batman is whenever he s standing on a skyscraper somewhere, his figure but a shadow across the ominous dark sky However, in this cover, we see Batman crouching almost in defeat on top of a gargoyle that is covered in shrubbery while the sun sets on his side Batman has a bow but no arrow which could indicate his aimlessness as well It evokes an emotion of hopelessness as if Batman himself has been weighed down by something so heavy he can t stand any And yet hope is on the horizon as signified by the sun rising It s really a moving illustration and one that paints the events inside this comic book issue so accurately.
Readers will be so lost in the story and action in the past issues that we might overlook Bruce Wayne s character development in all of this, but we will see how far he has come along from the early issues where he is angry and vindictive because finally, he understands that being Batman is not some sort of mission to avenge his parents alone It s not just about striking fear in the hearts of criminals It s a true act of altruism foremost where he has to stop being just a man with a haunted past but become of an unkillable ideal that lives on for hope s sake Bruce has acknowledged that he wants to be a hero, one who is flawed yet determined to stand back up again in every failure He has acknowledged that this isn t a self serving mission he is carrying out being Batman also means championing the citizens of Gotham showing them that there is always going to be a fighting chance in hell as long as you keep holding on to the belief that the darkest of times will always be followed by the brightest I recommend this series for three reasons You re a long time Batman fan and you probably had this on your bookshelf for a while, waiting for the series to end and making sure the reviews are positive Fear not, Bat geek You won t be disappointed when you get around to reading this, preferably by also dropping everything right now and just go for it You only knew and enjoyed Batman through television or the Nolan trilogy This will definitely be a good side by side comparison with Batman Begins which is essentially a great origin story for Bats However, Zero Year offers nuanced characterizations, plot lines and callbacks to previous adaptations in all mediums that Batman had embodied throughout the years There is a strong cinematic style in Capullo s illustrations that will be visually appealing as well You want to start reading comics and Batman is a superhero you hugely favor and you want to start from the beginning Though this is the New 52 where DC comics in general have been rebooted, I think Zero Year is a great place to start with in correlation to the classic Bat origin story Year One It makes little difference if you decide on that one or this one first as long as you BOTH read them.
RECOMMENDED 10 10DO read MY BATMAN COMICS REVIEWS AT I love Scott Snyder writing Batman, but this is one of those cases where he tried to put 10 lbs of story in a 5 lb sack.
The rebooted origin continues with a fledgling Batman trying to stop a complicated scheme created by the Riddler involving Doctor Death that leaves Gotham devastated He s also struggling to figure out where Bruce Wayne fits into his vigilante plans as well as coming to terms with characters like Jim Gordon and Alfred.
As I noted when I reviewed Zero Year Secret City, Snyder wisely sped by the standard points of the history of Batman Bruce Wayne s parents are murdered in front of him, he travels the world learning crime fighting skills, he realizes that he needs a symbol to bring justice to Gotham, yada, yada, yada Those are the fixed points in the Batman universe, and while you can tweak them, you can t change the basics Snyder treats Bruce donning the cape cowl as the beginning of this rather than the end point, and that s the best part of the story Seeing a younger, reckless and arrogant Bruce think he can wage a one man war on crime with no help and getting taught some harsh lessons is great stuff The character interactions between an angry young Batman and Jim Gordon and Alfred were some of the best bits Snyder also continues to deftly weave in some nods to past versions of Batman like things will remind fans of No Man s Land, The Dark Knight Returns and The Dark Knight Rises movie.
Unfortunately, the story starts collapsing under its own weight and at times feel like it s descending into a Grant Morrison level of confusion I would have preferred if Snyder would have focused in on a young Batman dealing with one major villain rather than two and operating in essentially a post apocalyptic Gotham for a large chunk of the story I guess you could make the point that it required something that catastrophic to get Batman recognized as a force for good by the city so that the cops aren t constantly chasing after him, but it really feels like way too much is going on at times.
Before The Batcave And Robin, The Joker And The Batmobile, There Was ZERO YEAR The Riddler Has Plunged Gotham City Into Darkness How Will A Young Dark Knight Bring His Beloved Hometown From The Brink Of Chaos And Madness And Back Into The Light This Final ZERO YEAR Volume Collects BATMAN And Reading this is a little bit that first time you engaged in the time honored art of lovemaking You were pretty excited about it going in, and you were reasonably sure you enjoyed it once you d finished, but you didn t really know what was going on when you were in the middle of it you were really just holding on trying to keep up and when it was over, you couldn t really make heads or tails of it in part, perhaps, because, for a brief period of time, heads were tails, and vice versa Still, you certainly liked it enough to want to give it another shot, though you think you might wear your glasses the next time around and make sure you re less distracted so you can figure out exactly what the hell is going on.
Remember Jim Carrey in Batman Forever I don t think Riddler has ever recovered until now Scott Snyder writes what has to be Riddler s best book ever in this final part to the epic Zero Year storyline The Red Hood gang has been dealt with but before Batman has a chance to catch his breath, the Riddler has taken the city hostage by taking away its power and plunging it into darkness He s also enlisted the help of Dr Karl Helfern aka Dr Death, whose bone research has gotten a bit out of control, as well as Dr Pamela Isley s research to turn the Dark City into the overgrown Savage City The two volume Zero Year storyline has been divided up into three mini arcs Secret City Vol 4 , Dark City and Savage City Vol 5 If Secret City was a mixture of Year One and Killing Joke, Dark City is a mash note to the two Frank Miller classics, Year One and The Dark Knight Returns, while Savage City is a blend of No Man s Land, the Arkham Asylum games and The Dark Knight Rises So why not a full marks rave review of the latest brilliant Snyder Greg Capullo Batman book It s mostly great but I do have a few minor gripes, so I ll get those out of the way first Essentially it comes down to length Zero Year, while hugely ambitious and largely successful, ended up being one arc too long, namely Savage City The story reaches a climax at the end of Dark City that the finale of Savage City can t hope to match What s exciting Batman fighting a monster on a blimp in the middle of a storm in the sky or Batman answering a riddle in a colourful room Exactly Not to mention I m not a fan of No Man s Land so Savage City really didn t work for me except for the art If this storyline had been shorter, I think the book would have been that much better Also, let s be clear at this point, this is no longer a Batman origin story Bruce Wayne became Batman at the end of Volume 4 Secret City besides gaining the familiar gadgets like the giant penny and the bat signal being created, there s really nothing else to say about his origin This volume is instead a look at the early days of Batman Or you could say this is the origin of Batman and Gordon s relationship, which it is And that s fine because Snyder writes both characters really well and I liked their interactions, except so many of Gordon s actions are contrived to make him be as superhuman as Batman Like when Batman s escaping the SWAT team an inversion of the same scene that closed out Year One , Batman pops up in Gotham harbour at the exact same spot where Gordon happens to be sat in a boat, alone, and away from the GCPD My, what a coincidence And in that same scene, Gordon happens to relate to Batman not knowing that he s Bruce Wayne an incredibly pertinent story that s been bothering Bruce about Gordon s integrity, the explanation of which helps bring the two together Oh, the coincidences Then later in Savage City, Snyder s got Gordon doing ridiculous Batman stuff like leaping off of the sides of skyscrapers into flooded subway entrances come on That finale too wow It s the scene after the riddles and really hits the whole Batman Gotham connection way too hard on the nose Especially as the scene following it again re emphasizes that Bruce s true love is the city itself and can never be another person, much less a girlfriend I felt it was just a bit too much at that point though, if you re a fan of Superhero Cafe on Youtube, you ll love that Alfred literally says because you re Batman As for the positives about this arc, it s basically everything else The fact that Snyder completely rehabilitated the Riddler to become a major threat to Batman, as he should be, is the best thing about this arc Snyder emphasises his technical side with his robotic creations helping him keep the city in his thrall, showing just how much potential the character has Dark City is Riddler s finest hour My favourite aspect of this arc and really all of Snyder s Batman books is how much of Batman s history he puts into it He s said many times that he works for DC but he writes for the fans and it really shows in his comics If you re as big a Batman fan as me, you ll love playing spot the reference in the pages He goes as far back as the early days of Batman with the Dr Death character to the recent Arkham Asylum games, with all those Riddler boxes and devices scattered across Gotham Even the goddamn Batman makes a censorious appearance, a nod to Miller s lesser Batman moment amidst so many of his glorious ones Capullo gets in on the references too Some of the best art in this book features his take on Miller s iconic Batman silhouette against the lightning storm backdrop And his design for the jumping Batmobile is incredible the man spent two days trying to make that schematic work and it looks absolutely brilliant on the page The big scenes are pulled off beautifully like the blimp fight in the storm but what tickled me the most was the smaller scenes Like when Gotham is blacked out, looters are stealing stuff from a mom n pop store, the mother protecting her daughter and the POV is the little girl s We briefly see Batman then her mother s outline in front of her but on the edges we see the looters being beaten up Batman s gone before she knows it but she pulls out a torch and a pen and draws a bat symbol on it the first Bat signal Totally brilliant, and that s just one page The last volume was arguably as good an origin as Batman s ever had, up there with Miller and Mazzuchelli s Year One This volume is an excellent continuation of the story and also the best Riddler story you ll ever read It may be overlong but there s a lot to recommend it Overall, Zero Year has been a remarkable success one notch on the utility belt for Snyder and Capullo Wow This was a great story.
Batman is run all over the place and the Riddler really gets the best of him here in many ways until the end We start out with a scientist who has found a way to make bones keep growing so that people die a tangled mass of bones It is very gruesome Batman has to find and stop the riddler, but by the time he catches up to the plan, the Riddler takes over Gotham much like the Dark Knight Returns Batman doesn t have all his tech gadgets, but here he and Jim Gordon get to trust each other Somehow in a month of the Riddler taking over, plants are growing all over the buildings The story was fresh and new and mostly stuff we haven t see before Batman is at the beginning here and he looks a little clumsy at times and he makes a lot of mistakes It s nice to see him not perfect Batman is one tortured soul, I tell you what It s amazing the man can still walk I did find this entertaining It was good to see a good story for the riddler, even if taking over a city seems a bit ridiculous Onward final rating 4 stars i didn t connect with this as much as the first one for some reason my main issue is that i didn t think the Riddler was a compelling villain sure, he did a lot of shit he was always one step ahead of Batman however, i just didn t buy all the things he s done as well as his reasons for doing them he is insane, clearly, but you get what i mean right there wasn t enough substance to what he was trying to do there were just a lot of what the fuck moments how the hell did Batman survive that shit there were a lot of instances in this that he should have been dead yet here he is alive, not well, but alive one thing i really liked about this volume was the flashbacks he s had with his parents those were all good another plus is his relationship with Alfred and how it evolved overtime Comissioner Gordon is always a favorite but like Batman, there were a lot of times you wonder how he got away with things overall thoughts i liked it, but not as much as secret city the parts where we ses bruce s past was always good to read about, the other parts were okay i guess they just didn t wow me.
Wow, Snyder I really liked the first volume of Zero Year, but this is even better Retelling the early days of Batman is quite a challenge, especially with somebody else s take being so highly regarded I got to say, I like this one better.
I like how much younger Bruce feels He s still single minded and completely devoted to his crusade without exception, but he seems less weighed down, if you will Which stands to reason, doesn t it He leads a crushing life, in every sense It s kind of heart breaking to see a slightly younger Alfred, who hasn t quite given up on hope that Bruce could have a normal life There s a scene at the end of the book where Alfred imagines a possible future where Bruce allows himself to meet a normal girl, love her, marry her, and have a normal family And knowing what we know, it s such a punch Alfred has been accepting of Bruce as Batman for so long that we forget there was a point he hoped he would have a happy, normal life, and a point when he gave up that hope.
Riddler is so rarely cool, or threatening, but he s both here He s very, very smart, as he should be, and a very convincing threat Yes, I do suspect that Snyder took some inspiration from The Dark Knight Rises by having a major villain cut off Gotham from the outside world That s not a bad thing, not here As a Riddler plot, it makes sense, and this Riddler is actually a dangerous and frightening villain Well done, Snyder.
I was kind of nervous when I saw that Snyder was going to be delving back into times past, but clearly he knew what he was doing I guess I should have trusted him.
The Riddler never has been better This collected edition features 25 27, 29 33 from the comic book Batman.
Creative Team Writers Scott Snyder James Tynion IVIllustrators Greg Capullo Andy Clarke WHAT HAPPENED WITH ISSUE 28 First of all, if you care to read the explanation of what comic book issues are collected in this edition, you may found odd that issue 28 is missing, but as I already explained in the review of previous volume, you will find that issue 28 in the Volume 6 Graveyard Shift that collects several stand alone stories published along the run of the title WHERE DID I read THIS BEFORE I honestly think that this is Scott Snyder s strongest storyline so far, and considering as something apart of the first part told in the previous volume in his tenure of Batman title.
Of course, I can t be blind that besides his solid start with the introduction of The Court of the Owls as new villains to the Batman s rogue gallery , the rest of his take on the run has been variations of previous concepts developed by other people Death in the Family is based on The Man Who Laughs where it s even mentioned those events the first part of Zero Year known as Secret City is based on Year One and now this second part known as Dark City is based on No Man s Land.
Don t take me wrong, I am not saying that he copied the stories, no, his own takes on the stories have a solid original contribution, BUT I can t avoid to think that he got a strong inspiration from those previous published storylines My feeling and it s that, a feeling, not like I read about it somewhere is that it s most likely that Scott Snyder did his superb jobo n The Black Mirror andBam Crash Kapow He was appointed as the new writer of Batman in DC Comics that since is its most best selling character is certainly a HUGE responsibility and demanding I figured that he must had the idea for The Court of the Owls, so he wasn t nervous about taking the job, and the storyline become very popular, so the responsibility and demanding got bigger and he was out of fresh ideas totally fresh from the start so he consulted the lore of the character and he got inspired to do his own versions of the mentioned storylines I am not reproaching anything well, his take on The Joker was too soft for my taste and or expectations due the selected title since definitely with the long journey of Zero Year showed that he was able to keep up the demanding job of being the writer of Batman WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS CITY Bruce Wayne has become The Batman just few weeks ago but now there are too many things in scenario.
Gotham City is suffering a major blackout with a super storm coming.
The citizens are suffering not only due the power shortage but also of robberies and mugging.
GCPD Commisioner Loeb is fully focused orchestrating a massive manhunt down on The Batman.
Lucius Fox is keeping some secrets even from Bruce Wayne.
Lieutenant Jim Gordon is trying to figure out what to think about this Batman and his real intentions, and his own past will be intersected with the one of Bruce Wayne and that fateful night.
A brand new version of classic villain Doctor Death is leaving a grotesque trail of bodies around Gotham City.
And of course, there is The Riddler WHO IS THE RIDDLER In this Volume 5 Zero Year Dark City, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo continue their tale about the origin before the origin of The Batman.
Between the writing of Snyder and the illustrations of Capullo, this is easily their masterpiece in the run so far.
The first appearance of The Riddler in Gotham City is told for a new generation of readers and this enigmatic character never has been better.
Edward Nygma is fired as the questionable strategic consultant of Wayne Enterprises and since ironically nobody knows who he is, I mean, nobody knows that he exists, Nygma set up his masterpiece plan to make sure that EVERYBODY in Gotham City will know who is The Riddler for the rest of their lives.
Bruce Wayne is just beginning to be The Batman, and while he already faced pun intended the masqueraded Red Hood Gang, he will realize soon enough that his real baptism of fire will be against The Riddler, who will test him in body and mind far beyond what Bruce Wayne thought possible and victory is uncertain Zero Year Dark City is a must read by any Batman fan but also for fans of The Riddler.
5 starsOrigin of the Giant Penny Ok, maybe nobody else cared, but I thought it was cool of Snyder to give that massive Penny that Bruce keeps in the Batcave, a fresh start Dear Mr Snyder,Could you do the Dinosaur next Sincerely,AnneThis is the second arc of Zero Year, which is Snyder s New 52 origin story for Batman.
It s not as dark as some of the previous origins, but it s not exactly light and fluffy, either.
This is a younger version of the Dark Knight He s fallible, relatively inexperienced as Batman, and mouthy than what we re used to seeing.
He sort of reminds me of Dick Grayson, with the snappy comebacks during fight scenes, you know Did I just say Snappy Holy shit I did.
Did you know, that every time someone uses snappy in a sentenceSomewhere an angel gets his AARP card That s deep, man DEEP.
Anyhoo Edward Nigma last seen abandoning Wayne Industries has returned as a full fledged super villain.
The Riddler He s planning on taking Gotham hostage, and cleansing the earth, so to speak.
Can Batman unravel the clues fast enough to stop him Surprisinglynot at first Butbutbutbutbut, you say He s the goddamn Batman Yeah, not so much Or at least, not quite yet Butbutbutbutbut, you say Batman is too well prepared to be caught unawares Yeah, but nobody is born with Bruce Wayne s level of paranoia That sort of thing is learned.
I mean, unless you re schizophrenic, of course.
So, I m thinking that by showing Batman pull an epic fail, Snyder is giving us a solid reason for his wildly detailed contingency plans.
And also the Penny Because,really, that was a highlight for me.
There were a couple of scenes I raised my eyebrow at, but, on the whole, this was another solid Snyder Capullo team up.
And if you re not reading this title, then you need to turn in you Cool Kid card.
Seriously Thank you, NetGalley Also reviewed for And