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Pencilled by Greg Capullo
Inked by Jonathan Glapion
Cover Color by Francisco Javier Perez
Lettered by Comicraft
Francisco Javier Perez
Size: 32 pages
For the last two months, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have become the best creative team in comics. If you read Batman #5 and #6 I dare you to think of any other issues that were better than them. So with this massive boost of ego I’m giving the two men I must sadly lower it for this review. By no means is this issue of Batman a bad issue, it is more than great. In fact, this issue is still better than most comics that’ll hit the stands today. But when you have literally two previous issues of perfection, it does get slightly disappointing when that trend doesn’t continue.
Here’s why this is not Scott Snyder’s fault: Because I read Nightwing #7 BEFORE this issue. If you haven’t read your comics yet then I urge you to read Batman #7 before Nightwing #7. Because the big ‘revelation’ in this issue is mighty spoiled in Nightwing and it is kind of essential to that character. (That’s as far as I will go in spoiling the reveal) Having said that the reveal in this didn’t affect me all that much to be honest. Maybe Snyder has something big planned for that character in this event, but it didn’t really make me gasp like I thought I would today. So apart from all of that I did like this issue very much. We get more into just how these Talon warriors are coming back to life and the opening pages involving an Owl was pure Scott Snyder. I would love to know who this ‘Harper’ girl is because I don’t know if she’s an established character Snyder is bringing back or a new person all together. All I know is that this series is still giving me the creeps because of the ‘Court of Owls’ and I pray there is no secret society like this in real life.
If anything Greg Capullo is still killing it on this series. I don’t want to say his style changes from issue to issue but this issue in particular looks different from the last six months. Maybe it has to do with that we haven’t seen Bruce outside the costume for quite a while. (It’s probably that) But again I love the opening with the Owl because of how striking the designs are and it certainly helps FCO’s colors are pretty damn beautiful. Whether it’s a group of people wearing Owl masks or the skyline of Gotham City, everything about this series is striking to look at in general.
So apart from some of my gripes I still found this to be a great issue. (So to Mr. Snyder and Mr. Capullo, you can hold off on your beatings later) If I wasn’t spoiled ahead of time with Nightwing #7 then I wouldn’t be so ‘meh’ on the reveal in this. But again I found myself enjoying this issue even though it wasn’t as ‘epic’ as I thought it was going to be. Greg Capullo’s art is still epic so the issue has that going for it. Still this event coming up is making me excited especially if a certain villain, one who I LOVE, might be hinted at in this issue to be involved later on.
Art: 5 - Excellent