Batman #29 Review

Posted August 16, 2017 by Aron Pohara in Comic Books

Written by: Tom King

Art by: Mikel Janin

Published by: DC Comics

War of Jokes and Riddles takes a respite, with our favorite villains having dinner at Wayne Manor.

This is a departure from the rest of the arc; however, not outside the realm of how Tom King has been writing Batman. It is an interlude, which allows us to get more familiar with the players on the board, their intentions, and their ultimate goals. During this chapter the reader is a spectator of an intense chess game being played by these villains. Nothing is off the table, and seeing they have similar goals, one has to wonder why they do not join forces.

King manages to show us why, as he is ultimately showing us fundamental differences between the Joker and the Riddler here, with Bruce Wayne being an intermediary. When this arc started, I was concerned how King would approach the Crown Prince of Crime and especially after this chapter I can safely say that my fears were completely unfounded. Joker is in the safe hands here,

Mikel Janin continues his masterful work here with depictions of disdain on both Joker’s and Riddler’s faces as they talk about Batman and themselves. It’s subtle,  yet noticeable. Another character in this chapter that really plays a part in this negotiation of sort is the food itself. Janin portrays that as well as anyone could, one almost wishes they could be part of that dinner party.

That is saying a lot because the entirety of Batman’s rogue gallery is on display here and the way Janin is able to give even these background players each their unique characteristics and character even in a static shot is amazing.

War of Jokes and Riddles continues to be a really fun story and even though it is not a pinnacle of Batman writing, it is one of the most fun Joker stories in a long time. It seems that it will have real ramifications for the Dark Knight. King has taken this Batman arc and made it so interesting without the titular character and that always deserves praise.

Batman continues to be one of the best titles in the Rebirth line up and especially this story, if you are a fan of either Riddler or Joker you should absolutely check it out. It comes highly recommended.

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Batman #29 Review

Posted March 14, 2014 by Guilherme Jacobs in

How often do you enjoy seeing your hero failing? Well, Batman fails in the latest Zero Year chapter. Oh but don’t worry, it was the character. Batman, the book, remains one of the strongest comics in DC’s line up.

As we close the “Dark City” section of this new origin, Batman is broken, but not physically. He experiences failure, as a hero, for the first time. And it’s a huge failure, not only does Riddler succeeds in making Gotham the post-apocalyptic savage land we saw during the first Zero Year issue, but Bruce learns that what made that possible were his choices. Scott Snyder’s origin story for Batman has been constantly refreshing, presenting a new view take on his younger years. His Batman is angry and curses his enemies while braking their bones. So seeing him deal with failure is interesting, as this may very well be the moment when Batman starts to become the darker, colder creature we’re used to. Seeing first hand how close Batman gets, and how hard he fights to save the city, it’s painful, in the best way possible.

And that’s not the only failure we see here. In the flashback sequences that begin and end the book, we see something we’re all familiar with, the killing of the Waynes. I love that the only element Snyder changed about the death was that it didn’t start with Bruce going to watch Zorro with his family, that came after. The reason why they go to the movies is the the interesting part, and that reason is Bruce decided to face his fears. The whole concept of Batman, overcoming your fears in order to become a better person, is what led young Bruce Wayne to become an orphan.

That real show, however, is the art. Greg Capullo’s spectacular artwork continues to be impressive, delivering awesome action scenes, and another great homage to Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns, as well as one very special touch to the death of Martha Wayne, as he draws a particular moment that makes the whole thing that more awful. But what brings Capullo’s art to life is what inker Danny Miki and colorist FCO Plascencia, whose colors have been one of the best elements Zero Year has presented us with. The imagery bleeds off the pages as the strong and vivid colors help create a devastating storm.

Zero Year now enters its final chapter, Savage City, with four more issues remaining until the end of one of the best takes on Batman’s origin yet. We only hope that the quality remains the same.