So a couple of weeks back I reviewed three titles from the new 52. This week I’ll continue with the Batman titles. All in all, there are eight batman titles in circulation in the new 52 (not counting Batman Inc., Batman Beyond Unlimited and previously ongoing titles). Now obviously I’m not going to review all of them,or even half of them for that matter… because (a) I can’t bother reading the back stories of all the superheroes (sorry Batgirl, Batwoman and Red Hood) (b) some of them have been consistently getting bad reviews (Batman: Gotham Knight) and (c) screw it! I’m lazy.
To start things off: BATMAN!Yes the original (nothing else added to the title) Batman. I think I’ll stick to the Plot, Artwork, Character format for reviewing like last time. Now this was easily the best Batman title out there, and for good reason! Starting off with the plot… just epic. It’s starts off, and ends with, a bang. The first comic sees Batman team up with Joker to kick some ass and as we’re adjusting to this crazy opening we realize it’s Dick Grayson (Nightwing) in disguise. This is followed by a huge social gathering in which the whole (or most of) the Batman family gets together. As the story moves along we’re met with a strange new foe/organization, The Court of Owls. Huge props to Snyder here for creating such a bad ass new foe. He could have gone with the tried and tested method of using the classics like Joker, Penguin, Bane or Scarecrow. It was always going to be a hit or miss and lucky for him it was right on the money. We slowly uncover how deep the Court of Owls runs through Gotham and how so many of the characters are entrenched in it’s bloody history. ‘Course i’m not gonna give anything away but the ending to this epic saga is mind blowing, and a little outrageous but hey!