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Batman #32 - Zero Year: Savage City, Part Three Review

5

Zero Year is approaching its ending and Batman is determined to stop Riddler. Problem is, Riddler keeps staying one step ahead.

The Good

Zero Year continues to keep us captivated. This has been an incredible journey and even though the end of the story is nearly upon us, there’s no telling how exactly we’ll get there. Scott Snyder is setting up some interesting things in this story and just when you think you know the whole story of Batman’s early days, we get another flashback or piece of information that makes you wonder. What does that first page mean?!?

Seeing Batman work so closely with Jim Gordon and Lucius Fox is a blast. Batman doesn’t trust many people and it’s great seeing how they started forming this bond due to Riddler’s crazy scheme.

Speaking of Riddler, there can’t be any way someone would see his character as a joke after this. He has taken over Gotham City and keeps outsmarting Batman.

As usual, Greg Capullo’s art is solid. This is a different kind of Gotham City and it’s fascinating seeing it in this state. Danny Miki and FCO Plascencia should not be overlooked as it is this entire team of creators that make this such an incredible read.

The Bad

It’s hard to believe there’s only one more issue to wrap everything up. Trying to figure out where this fits into the regular New 52 timeline, including the tenure of the different Robins and the opening of JUSTICE LEAGUE #1, is not recommended.

The Verdict

Zero Year, how much do I love thee? This has been a long running and fantastic story. I hate to see it end next issue. Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Danny Miki, and FCO Plascencia have been doing a stellar job in deliver a fantastic Batman story completely separate from everything else. With Batman, in particular, it's often difficult to see the character not pulled into other storylines and events. The showdown with the Riddler is heating up and this is yet another issue you'll want to immediately gobble up.

33 Comments
Posted by patrat18

Snyder is a breath of fresh air.

Posted by manwithoutshame

This was decent but I had a few issues. First and foremost: What the heck DC? This is the only comic I'm buying from you and you can't even color in the blacks properly? On SEVERAL pages the blacks weren't finished! It was distracting, especially when there's a great shot of Batman's cowl and it's a mess.

I also have a problem with Scott Snyder writing a bunch of computer gobbledygook instead of a plot that actually means something.

2.5/5

Posted by Omnicrono

@patrat18 said:

Snyder is a breath of fresh air.

Snyder's Riddler is a breath of fresh air.

Posted by TheCheeseStabber

This was decent but I had a few issues. First and foremost: What the heck DC? This is the only comic I'm buying from you and you can't even color in the blacks properly? On SEVERAL pages the blacks weren't finished! It was distracting, especially when there's a great shot of Batman's cowl and it's a mess.

I also have a problem with Scott Snyder writing a bunch of computer gobbledygook instead of a plot that actually means something.

2.5/5

..what...

Edited by DrellAssassin

Loved it, I'm not going to lie I teared up when Batman made the call to Alfred. Snyder really gets the character.

Posted by derf_jenkins

The riddler doesn't do anything for me. I'm ready for zero year to end. The story hasn't been awful, but I would rather read something else. Detective comics is getting to be better than batman.

Edited by Jasoninthewoods

I think they should keep the book in this time frame.

Edited by Omnicrono

@derf_jenkins: I admit I will be totally ready for Snyder's next arc, but Zero Year has been exceptional and I wouldn't have traded it for anything happening over in any of the other Bat books. There is no question in my mind that it has been the best Batman title through and through.

Posted by Wolverine08

I still prefer Francis Manapul's and Brian Buccellato's current Detective Comics run over this personally.

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Edited by Mezmero

I can sort of give or take the retelling of a more flawed version of Bruce Wayne but the way Snyder handles the villains has been outstanding. Riddler in particular is so freaking cool I can't stand it. One minor annoyance is that Nygma has kind of an uninspired security system at his disposal. I'm willing to believe that he's skilled in robotics and countless other fields of engineering but he doesn't seem like the type to indulge in the manual labor of building bots and sentries. I more associate that style of trickery more with dudes like Toy Man. At least it's still in line with Riddler being a trap making expert. Regardless Zero Year has been great for me. Looking forward to more.

Posted by BruceWayne19

@manwithoutshame: wierd, the blacks are light when batman is straining or whispering. And if you think Snyder hasn't made a great plot and story then I would like to see what is to you

Posted by manwithoutshame

@brucewayne19: I'm referring to multiple instances of quite obvious coloring defects my issue had. Page 12 (Including Cover and ads) middle panel Batman's face in the foreground has a faded quality to it. Page 17 middle panel Batman's cowl again seems faded but this time there are strange outlines around his mask. As if you can see where someone moved a cursor around to perhaps direct coloring but there is clear color separation where there should be none. Also the upper right panel of 17 Batman's cowl again has a faded and patchy look.

Page 20 upper middle Batman's cowl is faded again. Page 22 Sphinx shot to the right and more noticeably left are faded lines outlining the Sphinx.

Posted by BruceWayne19

@manwithoutshame: that's really wierd, I just checked those pages and I couldn't find anything. Maybe it was messed up in the printing process, or maybe your shop mishandled it.

Posted by longbowhunter

Pretty tense issue. I like how, much like the coil of the seteh game, this issue has us circling back to the meeting of Bruce and Nygma early in the arc.

Posted by manwithoutshame

@brucewayne19: It is possible this is an isolated incident. I wonder if anybody else has had these problems.

Edited by The Mast

This has just dragged so much. If it doesn't end with a big pay-off, I will be let down.

Posted by BruceWayne19

@manwithoutshame: same, I've had it in past issues of batman and robin and once or twice in futures end

Posted by Brione

Loved it, I'm not going to lie I teared up when Batman made the call to Alfred. Snyder really gets the character.

I completely agree. That's my favorite part of this issue.

Posted by manwithoutshame

As far as the plot is concerned Batman, Gordon, and Lucius Fox search for a special computer isn't exactly riveting is it? It's a search that has been going on for 3 issues and doesn't really lend itself to a lot of character development. If Scott Snyder wants to put Batman in a death trap, then just do it already. So far Savage City has been a huge disappointment IMO.

Edited by Jphu8414

Best issue of Savage City yet.

Posted by bones360uk

It seemed to have glossed over batmans extremely high fall

Posted by sinestro_GL

Snyder has written Nygma beautifully!

Posted by Jayc1324

This issue was eh. Riddler was good and Batman's thoughts about Alfred were cool to see, and so was batman working his way out of riddlers trap on the tower. That's basically the whole book, so when I say it was eh I mean that it just wasn't as good as last issue. Nothing really happened here, it was just setup for the last issue. It did get me excited for zero year to finally end though.

Posted by feedonatreefrog

I hope Snyder's next arc is still set in this time. Maybe Year One? Dick Grayson's introduction?

We already have several other Batman books in present day. I'm all for some variety.

Edited by DrellAssassin

@manwithoutshame: If you haven't seen any character development, then you sure as hell haven't been looking.

Posted by MrTummyTumms

I hope Snyder's next arc is still set in this time. Maybe Year One? Dick Grayson's introduction?

We already have several other Batman books in present day. I'm all for some variety.

He said his next arc will be a murder mystery in the present.

Edited by Knightfall225

The Riddler is awesome. Zero year proves that. Great Job Snyder.

Posted by senglord

Why did DC decide that their chief creative officer would be the best choice to write their flagship team title when Lemire, Soule, Manapul, Buccellato, Capullo, or Snyder could do so much better on the title. Lemire's first two issues of JLU did more right than 50+ issues of John's JL and JLA work. Snyder got Superman better than any of his main writers besides Morrison.

Posted by Owie

I've loved this arc and series, but this issue was a little less satisfying than some. It got a little bogged down in technical jargon, and it was annoying that (as far as I could tell) there was no explanation of how Bruce survived falling from thousands of feet in the sky from that drone.

Posted by detective38

Please somebody make this garbage stop

Posted by Pperspectiveandreality

@senglord:

I agree. I can't wait til JL gets a new creative team

Posted by tec79

I agree with those who currently enjoy the work being done on detective to Zero Year. A stronger editorial hand could reign in Snyder or at least help him better formulate his big ideas so they can better be implemented. I suspect this like other stories has grown and evolved into something bigger than it was meant to be and that is the reason why the back up stories from the first few issues regarding Bruces' training stopped. I can speak for myself and fans I know personally who were very disappointed by that.

Posted by mickeymayhew

this issue was very pretty to look at, but not much happened