Batman #1 Review

Posted June 15, 2016 by Adeem Khan in Comic Books

Written by: Tom King

Art by: Matt Banning, David Finch

Publisher: DC Comics

Tom King, although relatively new to comic books, has written some of the best comics in recent time for both Marvel and DC. When it came time to pick a writer to take over the reins from Scott Synder, many thought that he was the perfect choice. Batman #1 proves it.

A plane falling towards Gotham City doesn’t sound like a job for Batman and it doesn’t sound like an exciting issue to start up a new Batman series. Batman has a stable of interesting and exciting supervillains; an airplane falls pretty low on that list. But Tom King’s action oriented and filled with exciting writing mixed with incredible art showing us Batman riding on top of a plane as it glides between buildings of Gotham City, makes it one of the most thrilling Batman stories in a long time.

Apart from the main sequence, various little mysteries are also set up. Such as the missing rocket launcher and the man who launched it, the shadowy man watching over his death and of course the reveal of Gotham and Gotham Girl. The writing throughout is great and Tom King quickly grasps how to write Batman. We also get a glimpse of Batman’s contingency plan in case of this death. While I’m sure no one reading this will actually think Batman is going to die in the first issue, it’s an emotional moment nevertheless.

One complaint I do have is how Duke is handled. It’s clear that King isn’t completely sure how to handle Duke’s character yet. Duke has a short role in this book where he is either shown to be a master at mathematics or just using the Batcomputer. It’s a job that Alfred usually handles and why Duke was needed is unclear. Especially because Alfred handles the rest of the calculations throughout the rest of the book and Duke is never seen again.  It’s a minor complaint in an otherwise well written book.

Scott Snyder spent a majority of his run focusing on Gotham. What makes it tick and what it takes away and what it gives back. Gotham was given character and Batman was ingrained into the DNA of the city. Tom King focuses on Gotham as well, but this time Gotham is a man. A man who asks the question, in a world of Supermen and Wonder Women, is there a place for a someone like Batman? I’m sure Batman has a painful answer for Gotham, and I can’t wait to read it.

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Adeem Khan