What I thought of Batman #1

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DC’s Rebirth event kicks on with another Batman #1,  this time written by Tom King and David Finch, a pretty good superhero comic artist. The mysterious two characters behind Batman and Commissioner Gordon are rumoured to be Nite Owl and Silk Spectre from Watchmen. Yes, that was a little bit of sick that came in your mouth as you read that but at least now DC are giving Bill Finger a co-credit for creating Batman.

As for the plot, Batman and Gordon are talking about stuff that’s happened in previous comics so those coming to this expecting a fresh start should look elsewhere or just wait til a plane gets hit by a missile.

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This launches into another example of Batman being able to do anything, something that started as a bit of an in-joke in Grant Morrison’s JLA book 20 years ago  but is now the case it seems that Batman rather than being a detective fighting injustice can do anything, and frankly, that makes Batman bloody pointless because the point of Batman is that he’s an ordinary person. The more extraordinary he becomes you make him Another Superhero.

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This isn’t dismal stuff. King shapes a well done action tale and Finch’s art is good solid superhero art with some excellent storytelling, an art missing from many of DC’s crop of artists. However we’re introduced at the end to the mysterious pair from the cover as Gotham and Gotham Girl. They’ve got Superman level super powers and there’s your cliffhanger for next issue…

Batman #1 isn’t the worst of the Rebirth titles I’ve read. It’s just average, sometimes thrilling, sometimes cliched, superheroics. That isn’t always a bad thing but this seems trapped in a limbo between the New 52 DC and whatever this ‘new’ DC is, but I do wish they’d drop the idea of Batman as a genius that can solve everything. It’s dull if we know that all the time Batman is going to win so make him vulnerable again and let him lose.

That however, is probably not going to happen in the shiny new revamped, even more corporate DC Comics…

 

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