Batman is a character that most of us grew up pretending to be. Didn’t matter if you ever picked up comic book in your life, odds are pretty good you jumped from furniture to furniture proclaim,”I’M BATMAN!” We are dealing with a character that has done just about everything. From battling Superman to fighting of a shark with ‘shark repellent’ hanging from a helicopter Batman has done it all. I can imagine writer Tom King is well aware of this and understood exactly what he was getting into when he signed on. Especially after the fan favorite (and just kick-ass) run Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have delivered over the last couple years. After the transition issue Synder and King wrote together, the torch is passed to King and he is steering the ship now, but can he and artist David Finch deliver the awesomessness we have become accustomed to? After sitting down with this issue I think it’s safe to say we may have a generation of kids hanging of furniture while stating,”I AM GOTHAM!”
King delivers a white knuckle page turner in this issue. From panel to panel we follow Batman as he races to save a crashing plane. This takes up the bulk of the issue and the entire comic spans less than a 10 minute time frame. Don’t let that turn you off. King is able to fill the issue with engaging dialogue and delivers a Batman that stays true to Snyder’s work, while working in a touch of Frank Miller’s Dark Knight. The conversation with the Dark Knight and Alfred ( who is back at the batcave) about making his parents proud might be a little played out, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t tear up a bit… Damn you King! Tugging at my heart-strings. All this emotional range is only enhanced and brought to life by David Finch’s expert level art. Finch has his own style and I dig the rawness of it. It’s the way I like my Batman, gritty and dark. Finch is up to the task of fully embracing King’s writing and making it that much better.
Leaving off on pretty engaging cliff hanger (can’t wait to see where this is all going), King and Finch are the perfect pair to take over Batman. I had my reservations about them (hell, I had my reservations about the entire DC Rebirth…), but I am more than happy to say they were for naught. Even though it felt like Snyder and Capullo could have gone another 50 issues no problem, a breath of fresh air is never a bad thing. Especially when it’s this refreshing.