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Batman #29 - Zero Year: Dark City Review


It’s the conclusion of the “Dark City” arc of Zero Year. Will Batman triumph over Riddler or will it be “lights out” for the Dark Knight?

The Good

This is an oversized issue. Forty pages of story and art by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. That’s a great thing right there. The story’s been building and we’ve been seeing the affects of the raging storm in Gotham City as Riddler’s attack against the city unfolds.

As this is partially an origin story, Snyder does give us some more insight into events from young Bruce Wayne’s life. While it’s great to see Capullo’s depiction of the characters from this past time, it’s also a little eerie seeing Bruce with his parents.

The action get pretty intense in the main portion of the story. The raging storm is getting out of hand. Seeing the evacuation process while the city tries to make their move against Riddler brings a nice balance to it all. It’s not often we get to see the street level reactions and repercussions when a big supervillain makes their move. And who doesn’t like cool cameos?

When Batman makes his move against Riddler, hold onto your hats. Holy cow, man. Scott Snyder cranks up the dramatics in a fun and exciting way. Seeing this particular page by Capullo with FCO Plascencia’s colors will make your jaw drop. This will actually happen on more than one page.

We’re still talking about the younger and slightly more reckless version of Batman. That means there’s kind of no telling how the fight will go, which adds to the fun and excitement. This Batman is still raw and getting a sense at what he can do. It's refreshing being able to read a Batman story where he doesn't always immediately win or know how to end the fight.

For those wanting answers (what’s all this about “Tokyo Rose”?), you will get some here. But keep in mind, Zero Year is not over. We have Savage City to look forward to, which might be more crazy what what happens in this issue.

The Bad

There’s nothing to complain about. This is what I want in this BATMAN title. We get huge action with gorgeous art and colors. The action gets intense and you feel like you’re watching a huge blockbuster on the big screen.

Batman seems a little careless with a new vehicle. How much did that thing cost?

The Verdict

Oversized Zero Year issue? Yes, please! This issue really makes you appreciate the creative team. We often praise Scott Snyder for his amazing story and developments. Greg Capullo is a beast when it comes to the pencils. Danny Miki’s inks and FCO Placencia’s colors help knock the comic out of the park. Besides being a great story, it looks fantastic. I’m am completely digging Zero Year and can’t wait for what’s coming next. This is the kind of comic that sucks you in and makes you forget everything else around you. Despite being an oversized issue, I still want more.

Edited by cobra88king8

10/10 would read again.

...In fact

Posted by AllStarSuperman

cant wait

Edited by Life_Without_Progress

You could never go wrong with Batman if you have Snyder and Capullo as your creative team.

Edited by War Killer

Awesomely impactful issue, I hope that Snyder continue telling more stories with this younger, less experienced Batman after Zero Year is over.

Edited by patrat18


Posted by fil123

@war_killer: they have one more arc with zero year called savage city. And i think i read somewhere theyre both signed on to go to issue 50 of batman (which should go into 2016)

Posted by Nahuel

I'm the only one that doesn't like the colors... And it's not that I don't like 'em, it's just that I feel those are not the colors for a Batman book.

Anyway, yesterday I read the previous 3 issues of Dark City just to be prepared for this issue, so I can't wait to have it in my hands!

How much does cost?

Posted by War Killer

@fil123 said:

@war_killer: they have one more arc with zero year called savage city. And i think i read somewhere theyre both signed on to go to issue 50 of batman (which should go into 2016)

I know, that's why I said after Zero Year is over.

Edited by lifeboy

I'm starting to think that I should be picking this up...

Posted by Jayc1324

Another amazing issue by Snyder and crew.

Edited by War Killer
@lifeboy said:

I'm starting to think that I should be picking this up...

Posted by AllStarSuperman

@nahuel said:

How much does cost?


Posted by Nahuel
Edited by manwithoutshame

10/10 Zero Year is a masterwork in progress.


The most consistently excellent book since the reboot.

Posted by batsymyplaything

Liked the issue, and the recreation of the alley scene was very nice.

Edited by UltimateSMfan

Thoroughly enjoyed this issue.Really does have this huge cinematic feel to it! Three part Zero Year animated movies, make it happen DC entertainment!

Edited by PlaysWithSquirrels

This was definitely my favorite issue of Zero Year. Props to FCO for doing a fantastic job with the colors.

Posted by scouts1998

How many extra pages does this have?

Edited by Omnicrono

The most consistently excellent book since the reboot.


Posted by G-Man

@scouts1998: I mentioned the page count in the second sentence!

Posted by infernopig

The art was so cinematic in this issue! Like it could easily transition to the big screen panel for panel

Edited by mark15

can this get better?

Posted by mak13131313

Absolutely amazing! Definitely 5/5 in every way. The story couldn't get any better and the art is just fantastic!

Posted by scouts1998
Posted by Owie

THAT was intense.

Posted by Sovereign91001

Definitely a 10/10. Only minor gripe was the Goddamn Batman moment, otherwise I loved it.

Posted by andreww154

Capullo's art is amazing!

Posted by iaconpoint

Finally read it after rereading the first 3 issues. I give it a SOLID 6 out of 6!

Posted by ArturoCalaKayVee

Man, I feel like such a poo head. I completely agree with all of this, great issue, but I was so uninterested in reading this. I've just stopped caring about Zero Year after reading last months flash forward issue. Maybe I'll revisit this issue by the time the next one comes out so I can the full effect but as of right now I just didn't enjoy it. I don't know what's wrong with me :(

Edited by mickeymayhew

great, but Batman and the Riddler didn't even meet!

Edited by alex1321

Loved the reference to the Nolan Batman movies and Miller's All-Star Batman

Posted by Jayc1324

@alex1321: reference to Nolan movies? I must've missed that

Edited by Wilbertus

I absolutely loved it. But it seems like they are doing A LOT of oversized Batman issues now. I guess Snyder and Capullo's talent can't be contained in a regular sized comic.