The Zero Year story arc through the Batman titles has been shaking things up a bit, most notably in the core title Batman. In this latest issue it’s been one hell of a year in Gotham City, and it all comes down to this: Batman vs. The Riddler and Gotham City and the Dark Knight will never be the same! The finale is here but will it pack the punch it’s been leading too or was the riddle too complicated to solve after all?
Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo continue to be magic for the Dark Knight. The stories continue to bring the creative ways to touch on the past while bringing new elements to the legend all while never stepping on the iconic status of the character. Greg Capullo brings another issue to life like only he can with his unique style bringing not only the needed darkness to the series, but also a simplistic brilliance to the character design. With it being the ending of this major story arc you would expect it to be action packed, but instead they took a more cerebral approach making for a much more intriguing story. Its always great when they take two characters that has one that clearly physically outmatches the other and takes their battle to the next level. Seeing the Riddler and Batman square off matching wits is reminiscent of the more classic tales, but still takes the consequences to the next level. Throughout this issue as the focus is primarily on their confrontation it is the periodic injection of more of Bruce Wayne’s past that helps to move the story beyond just another hero/villain confrontation. This is about the birth of a hero and sets the future up perfectly.
Once again these guys have knocked it out of the park and have not only delivered one of the best Riddler stories to come along in some time, but also cemented themselves as the premiere creative team for Batman and will hopefully be here for a long time.
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