|Bright New Yesterday|
Art by Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion and Andy Clarke
Well anybody who really knows me know that I'm a sucker for Batman. It all goes back to seeing the 1960's TV show in the 1990's (?) and thinking Batman was way cooler then Capt. Kirk (it's a tight race). No matter what the medium I can't get enough of the caped crusader. So it's no surprise that i was stoked for the new Batman relaunch with Scott Synder and Greg Capullo. Capullo was really only known to me for his work on Spawn. But i think that Greg Capullo has done some of his best work with his Batman run.
This issue is part of the zero issues of the New 52. So it's totally not the Batman #0 that came right after Zero Hour. It's got some pretty cool new twist and turns added to the Batman mythos. In the begnning The Red Hood gang is robbing a bank. It seems that there is something troublesome because one of the members seems a little off. The leader and head hood knows this and pulls his gun on said member.Turns out its totally Bruce Wayne under that Red Hood. I really liked that in his first attempt to get into the criminal underwear was to try and infiltrate the Red Hood Gang
It all goes to hell in a hand basket because Bruce tries to get away from the Red Hood gang and runs right into Gotham PD. They shoot at him (more of that to come in the years) and Bruce makes it to the Gotham sewer system. Using a batcycle Bruce makes his way back to his hidden lair that's not Wayne Manor but right in the heart of Crime Alley. In the faux Batcave Allfred tries to tell Bruce that he needs to come up with a front for himself of people will think him strange and connect him the vigilante that's sprung up in the city.
Jim Gordon stops by to tell Bruce that the man running his company, a guy named Philip Kane is up to some shady stuff. Gordon ask Bruce to keep his eyes and ears open. The Red Hood gang has followed Bruce back to his penthouse in Gotham and are gonna blow it all to hell. The back-up story was really good and it had a story with all the Robins. This i guess is the origins for these guys post Flashpoint. Tim Drake goes to a fancy boarding school and gets his Principal arrest for stealing funds. The story illustrates that Tim is a computer whiz. The second has Jason Todd being involved with a grocery store robbery gone wrong in which a woman is killed.Dick Grayson flirts with a girl and tells her how his family is going to preform for Bruce Wayne. He also stops a purse snatching to boot. I guess people still do that, you know post Flashpoint.
All in all it had what i wanted out of a Batman comic. Flashy toys for Batman, and a bunch of kids jumping around in spandex for an older man.....................wait what? Aw I'm kidding that was lots of fun and artist Andy Clarke who drew the back up is bound for some awesome stuff in 2013 i hope. Way worth the $3.99