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Batman #5 - Face the Court, Part Two Review

5

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have delivered more than just another great issue of Batman. This one is an experience. It's a Batman story unlike any you've read before.

You think you know what Batman stories are all about? You think you know what Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo are capable of? Get ready for a completely different Batman experience.

The Good

How many times have we heard how great Scott Snyder's BATMAN is? Even with the thousands of Batman stories over the years, it's easy to say with certainty that Snyder is one of the greatest Batman writers we've seen. Snyder and Capullo have hit the ground running since the "New 52" brought some slight changes to the DC Universe. Somehow, the two manage to make each issue of Batman better than the previous. With BATMAN#5, you have to be prepared to be blown away.

It might sound like a lot of hype. Snyder has been doing the unthinkable. We are seeing Batman completely thrown off guard. This is the hero that is supposed to have a contingency plan for everything. It turns out he wasn't quite prepared for his current situation. He is still surviving. Other heroes would have been broken completely in half the time that has gone by between this and the last issue.

Batman is facing an opponent unlike any he's faced before. Bane may have "broken the bat" but that hardly compares to what is going on here. The way Capullo lays out the story here is a trip. Let it be known that you won't be reading this in a traditional fashion. To mimic what must be going on, you'll find yourself getting a little more active as you follow through the story. This was completely intentional and it was a brilliant move.

The Bad

Is this the best issue of Batman ever? Can Snyder and Capullo top this one next month?

The Verdict

It's not often I find myself re-reading a comic book more than three times before even writing a review. Even the best issues rarely get a second read immediately. This is an issue of BATMAN you won't soon forget. Snyder and Capullo are putting Batman through the ringer and you almost get the impression that they despise the character (which they don't). The first time I read this, I had a heavy feeling in my chest. It was a feeling where I had to let out my breath and say "whoah..." It's an added treat that the issue is laid out in an unconventional manner.

There are moments in the comic that are almost disturbing. Not in a grotesque way but just the sinking feeling you get. Snyder and Capullo deserve as much praise for this issue as possible. I've read it a few times already and I know I will be reading it many more times before the next issue arrives. This is what great comic books should aspire to. I can easily say without having read the rest of this week's comics that this will be the best of the week. I'd even be willing to say that this has a damn good chance of being my favorite issue of the year. Reading Snyder and Capullo's BATMAN is like being on the best roller coaster in the world and not wanting to get off. Each issue is better than the last. How they will top this is going to be so incredibly great to see.

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Posted by UpUpAndAway

WOW! I cant believe how amazing this was. Definitely one of my favorite issues of any comic ever. Never before have i ever grunted in frustration because i was losing MY OWN mind along with Bruce, losing my place and going backwards through the issue and giving me the impression of being lost in a maze; which is EXACTLY what the great Scott Snyder wanted!

Posted by halfpastwhenever

Amazing stuff. Reading this digitally was a crazy experience, I love the way there trying different ways of telling a story. I was as confused as Bruce for a while there.

Posted by emperium

It was an experience, but the issue felt like it ended too soon!

Edited by Booster_Bronze

In-fricking-credible issue! Trippy as hell and fits the mood PERFECTLY.

How can Snyder top this issue in the next one? Two (or is it three?) Words: MAD Fold-in. That would fit the theme of what he's doing to the reader perfectly.

Posted by msavo

Little late to the party but just wanted to say 100% agree with this review and some of the comments. This was an incredible issue that I re-read immediately.