Jedi Reads #003 The New 52 - Batman #1

Written By Lingkar Dunia on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 | 6:43 AM

I have a confession to make - I have NOT read any of DC's New 52 #1 titles...until I got hold of Batman #1 today.
Those who have known me would know that my favorite hero is NOT Iron Man (despite having a softspot for any stuff Iron Man) but instead, the caped crusader - Batman.

So here's the thing. DC relaunched almost all (if not ALL) of their titles, and everything returns to #1 and there are four titles specifically focusing on Batman; Batman, Detective Comics, Batman & Robin and Batman: The Dark Knight.

And I dare not talk about other spinoff titles - Catwoman, Batgirl, Batwoman etc. Too much side story man! I wanna follow ONE particular title.

So back to Batman - Four titles. So which one to follow? Heck I'm not gonna read through each and one of them and make a verdict- I have a day job, you know.

Conveniently saw a mint copy of Batman #1 selling at RM 10.50 at Kinokuniya today so i picked it up. Reviews on the title has been generally very positive - So why not?

Sidenote: I have never been an avid follower of Batman titles before. I only picked up graphic novels and trade paperbacks. My favorites are The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One, both by Frank Miller.

Those who got confused about who's wearing the cowl, and who is carrying the name of Robin are in for a treat - There's ONE Batman- Bruce Wayne, and all three Robins exist at the same time. Yep. You have Dick Grayson, Tim Drake and Damian Wayne all chummy sharing the same page. I dont know where is Jason Todd though.....

Note how they presented each character and little sidenotes explaining their current status in the Batman universe.

The pacing is good right from the start - Batman is in Arkham Asylum facing these ugly sons of bitches ....

How it turned out...heck. Go read it yourself. I'll only tell Batman gets an unexpected help from someone who turned out to be someone else.

Readers will get a good look at Bruce Wayne's philanthropist ways in changing Gotham (it has a Bruce Wayne from Batman Begins and a Tony Stark-ish feel in Iron Man 2) into a better city. Art wise, I personally like how Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion drew Batman. Not too dark, nor too cartoony. Looks how Batman should look like, without sacrificing the comic-y look- large jaw, cold eyes etc.

After reading other reviews, several websites tagged Batman as the best Batman title among DC's New 52. Do I agree? I'm not in position to say. But did I enjoyed Batman #1 to make me wanna pick up Batman #2? YES. Reprints of Batman #1 should be available in all good bookstores. Kinokuniya's got some.

Story - 8 (out of ten)
Art - 8
Pace - 8
Entertainment value - 7 (still very early but good pace to get readers into the know of the series)
Final score - 8


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