How do you follow up on a storyline as ambitious as “Death of the Family?” Where do you go next?
The Big Bang. Well, Bruce Wayne’s anyway. His very beginnings.
This summer, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo return to the roots of the Batman with “Zero Year,” an 11-part epic. It all starts in June’s Batman #21. Here’s the cover, courtesy of DC Entertainment.
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Backup story written by SCOTT SNYDER and JAMES TYNION IV
Art by GREG CAPULLO and DANNY MIKI
Backup story art by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
Cover by GREG CAPULLO
1:25 Variant cover by MIKEL JANIN
1:100 B&W Variant cover by GREG CAPULLO
On sale JUNE 12 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Witness The New 52 origin of The Dark Knight in BATMAN: ZERO YEAR! Twists and turns are around every corner as Bruce Wayne takes the final steps toward his destiny! And in the backup story, learn more about how different Gotham City was at this dangerous point in time.
Snyder spoke to the Associated Press about the story:
“It’s not ‘let’s redo the origin.’ It’s time for a new story showing how Batman became who he is in the New 52. We tried to preserve as much of Batman’s history as we could and keep what we could of this history intact. It’s ‘The Zero Year,’ the one that no one has told the story of before. We see how Bruce became the Batman, built the cave, faced off with his first super villain … It’s time for a new story showing how Batman became who he is in The New 52. It builds up the mythology.”
You’ll recall that we first glimpsed Snyder’s Zero Year Bruce this past September as part of DC’s line-wide Zero issue event. In the pages of Batman #0, our young hero infiltrated the Red Hood Gang with mixed results. That issue ended with the promise of more in 2013. Here we are. Snyder has already done smart work renovating the belfry, so delving back into the Batman’s prehistory is only natural and pretty exciting.
If the notion of revision has your nervous, rest assured that Snyder reveres Frank Miller’s Batman Year One and has no interest in erasing it. This is an opportunity to revisit an earlier Gotham, a younger, more reckless Bruce Wayne. This is Bruce before he knew every handhold and every gargoyle. Before he fought alongside earthly gods. When a night’s patrol was hardly routine. When he had something to prove. And experience tells us that Snyder’s Batman is at his best when between a rock and a hard place. When he’s forced to claw his way back from oblivion. Here is that first struggle from out of the dark.