Review by: glcfarmboy

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Avg Rating: 4.7
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Story by Scott Snyder
Backup story by Scott Snyder & James Tynion IV
Art by Greg Capullo & Jonathan Glapion
Backup art by Rafael Albuquerque
Colors by FCO Plascencia
Backup colors by Dave McCaig
Letters by Richard Starkings, & Jimmy Betancourt
Backup letters by Dezi Sienty
Cover by Greg Capullo, FCO Plascencia, & Rafael Albuquerque

Size: 40 pages
Price: 3.99

Wow, I’m glad I skipped the first ten minutes of this week’s POTW podcast for fear of spoilers on this one!
Let’s be totally honest- it really doesn’t get much better than this in mainstream comics right now, does it? Snyder and Capullo are a powerhouse creative team, and frankly should be made to write and draw Batman for the rest of their careers!
Just when we think this book can’t get any better, along comes another issue like this one to prove us wrong. So here we have the big reveal that the whole Court of Owls arc has been building to, and oh my God, it is a doozy. While I did suspect I might know who the big bad in this story would turn out to be, Snyder certainly did his best to throw us all off the scent. And while I might have guessed the WHO, I certainly didn’t get the WHY until the pieces fell into place in this issue. Jaw-dropping stuff.
Special mention must also go to this month’s back-up strip by Snyder, Tynion and Albequerque. What could do easily have been just a filler to bump up the cover price is instead an integral part of the main story, and is treated with as much care and attention to quality as the rest of the book. I smiled at the reveal of the location for the final scene of the book, and the way in which it explains an important plot point from the main story, and I literally felt a lump in my throat when Martha Wayne held a young Bruce close and told him, “You’re the bravest boy in Gotham, Bruce. Always will be”. That one panel was, for me, a hundred times more effective and affecting than another of the endless stream of slow motion flashback sequences of Martha being gunned down to which we have been subjected since Dark Knight and Year One.
Best superhero comic on the stands? By a Kane County mile.

Story: 5 - Excellent
Art: 5 - Excellent

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