Batman #25 Review

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Posted June 21, 2017 by Aron Pohara in Comic Books

Written by: Tom King

Art by: Mikel Janin

Publisher: DC Comics

After the quieter issue of Batman previous issue; at least on the action side of things, we return to not just more action packed issue, but an issue that sheds light on couple of other big Batman villains.

War of the Jokes and Riddles is upon us, which of course means we are dealing with Scarecrow and Mr Freeze in this storyline (ha,ha). King manages to bring the two titular characters to life again in his very unique way, they way he brought them life to Bane in I am Suicide and I am Bane stories. It is a very new take on both of them, especially the Joker who makes his grand entrance in Rebirth main Batman title in a grand fashion. He is always a character whom I always feel nervous reading about, as there are so many stories already told, so many versions already seen so retreading the ground already seen could come relatively easy.

King and Janin do take some of the queues from other Joker stories, but they make this character almost uniquely theirs for better or worse. Everyone has their take on the character and some will love this new take, and others will say that it takes away from the intrigue of the character, and both points are valid in this first issue. Personally I do like this new take, especially as we find out what really happens here, and more importantly where does this actually fit in the timeline of the Batman mythos.

Mikel Janin reunites with King here and he seems to be an artist King goes to when there is a villain centric story to be told, as Janin worked on King on after-mentioned I am Suicide and I am Bane arcs.

Here we have a similar style that King and Janin take on Riddler and Joker, that they took with Bane, we see them as “close to normal” as they can be portrayed, but with definite darkness inside of them and Janin’s art brings that darkness to the forefront expertly.

When this arc was solicited this was the one story and one character that a lot of Batman readers were wondering how King would ultimately pull out. What else can be said about this character that has not been said, what new layers can be peeled back? This issue exceeds for those who did want to see something new, lot more sinister, yes even more sinister than New 52 Joker as he makes a character almost real, which is almost terrifying. Closest I have seen this character before portrayed like this was probably Jack Nicholson in Tim Burton’s Batman, before he became the Joker and I wouldn’t be surprised if that was one of the reference points.

King manages to bring one of the most iconic villains of Batman lore to life, without carbon copying what was seen before, but not going too far on the left field so the character is not recognizable and that is where this issue truly succeeds and is a must read for anyone.


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Batman #25 Review

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Posted November 14, 2013 by Spencer Maxwell in

The concept of Zero Year didn’t grab me at first. A retelling of Batman’s origin seemed like an unnecessary retread of something we all know or at least have a general idea of. To solve this problem, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo chose to elaborate on ideas and elements of his past that are either implied or not explained at all. How did Bruce Wayne learn to drive so well or how much time did it take to develop the Bat Cave? Answering these unanswered questions is what keeps this story from going stale. We get to see how far Batman (and Bruce) has evolved into the hero he is today.

Batman #25 follows (a currently) Lieutenant Gordon as he tries to cope with a string of grisly murders during a mass blackout of Gotham caused by The Riddler. While Bruce and Alfred work out the logistics of building the Bat Cave. The issue features only a small amount of Batman as he also attempts to solve the case.

Scott Snyder is excellent at making a  plain idea become much more interesting through delving more in depth, but also adding a little bit of his own dark spin. A bulk of this issue forebodes the clashing of The Batman and the police force. Snyder sets up both their sides to explain their distrust and how they are both heroes in their own right.  He has a grasp on explaining the mechanics and science in the comic, as it’s easy to understand and completely avoids hokey “techno-babble.” His voice of a young Bruce Wayne fits so well for the character. He’s brash, but smart; single-minded, but on a noble cause. We get to see the character begin his evolution into the hero he becomes.

Originally, I didn’t feel Greg Capullo’s art fit a Batman title. It definitely has grown on me, and now I wouldn’t want anyone else paired with Snyder on this run. It’s moderately cartoony, and this contrasts great with his dark and twisted designs. The creepy characters and architecture appear more intimidating and gruesome by comparison. Especially in this issue, he uses it to his advantage. He pulls off a gruesome murder in an “All Ages” comic so well. One of the best aspects of the book was the reveal of a new Batmobile; it’s so amusingly comical. It’s the last thing I’d want to spoil from this book. Capullo’s style has a strong blend that works so well for Batman, mildly cartoony but with a strong dash of dark.

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The backup issue co-written by James Tynion IV gives us a little insight into Harper Row’s past by showing us her interact with her family during the blackout. The art by Andy Clarke is so fitting in it’s dark and gritty style. Due not just to the tone, but also the subject matter of the story. It’s a brief interesting read. Nothing shocking , but sincere.

This issue is an intriguing chapter in the early career of a vigilante protecting his city and making a name for himself. Nothing really jumped out at me, but I am still compelled to read the next issue. Batman #25 combines twisted art and interesting interplay between the heroes of Gotham. Snyder and Capullo once again prove to be an amazing team.