Review: Batman #41

There was a lot of talk about the new Batman after Scott Snyder apparently killed both him and the Joker in the previous issue. I was not going to give it a second look, but I’ve heard good things, so I thought about it and decided to give the latest issue with the “Bat-Bunny” armor a shot. To be completely honest, I wasn’t expecting to like it. Batman isn’t the type of character that I like, and lately, in the wake of the Christopher Nolan movies, every time I give Batman a shot, it’s just too dark.

Batman41BATMAN #41

(W) Scott Snyder
(A) Greg Capullo, Danny Miki
(CA) Greg Capullo
$3.99 / In Shops: 6/10/2015

The all-new Batman makes his debut! Who is he, and what happens next? Find out here as a new era begins in Gotham City!

I continue to hear everyone rave about Scott Snyder’s Batman and I think demonstrates that the people in this story¬†behind the all-new Batman suffer from the same thing that Christopher Nolan’s Batman and most of the writers that tackle Batman in the 21st century fail to realize. Batman’s role in Gotham isn’t as a symbol of hope or a protector of Gotham City. He’s a detective that wages a one-man war on crime. What’s almost ironic is that Jim Gordon is an actual detective, and makes a little use of his skills to defeat this menace. I’m actually okay with him as Batman, although I think the method in which he was recruited is not true to the legacy of Batman. I’ve also never seen Jim Gordon as buff as we see him here, but in the context of the story, I’m willing to cut him a little slack, but just a little.

Batman41-21Capullo is a very good artist, but this is the worst design I’ve seen for Batman armor in a long time. It looks like it might have been lifted right out of some anime. It also looks too large to be a suit and too small to be a mecha. As far as the story goes, it flows all right, but Capullo just doesn’t draw the suit fighting in a way that a big suit of armor might, making its movements too fluid. The fight scenes are the weakest part of the comic. The flashbacks with Jim Gordon becoming the new Batman is actually the best part, especially the way he’s using black ink to convey the tone of the situation. Before he accepts the job, it does look bleak for the new Batman, as a ne, young physically capable person is probably not the best person to be Batman, you need a detective.

That’s why I think despite all my misgivings, based on this issue, Scott Snyder may just get the reason that Batman is known as the “Dark Knight DETECTIVE.”