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Batman #25 - Zero Year: Dark City, Part Two Review

5

Zero Year is far from over. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo continue the second act of Batman's early days. Be prepared because you might not get a chance to catch your breath.

The Good

Who would have thought journeying back to Batman's early days could be this much fun? We know Batman's origin and how he started out. Despite this fact, Scott Snyder is making this time period fun and exciting. Even though it's a familiar time, we're seeing that there is still so much we don't know. Snyder may be making little tweaks here and there but it all feels fresh and exciting.

With his fight against the Red Hood Gang over, we're seeing the next stage in his career. Riddler has attacked Gotham City and while Bruce tries to get to the bottom of that problem, we're seeing there is much more going on. From the peculiar open pages to the new (old) threat Batman is faced with, there's a lot going on. We get to see some more cool 'first moments' in Gotham and you'll want to pay close attention to a conversation between Bruce and Jim Gordon. There is definitely something going on there.

Greg Capullo, Danny Miki and FCO Plascencia provide the fancy and shiny wrapping paper over the story. Not to knock other creators but try to imagine this story's art handled by another creative team. You almost can't or simply don't want to.

Reading this issue, you can feel yourself being enwrapped in a Batman cocoon. The other Bat-titles are fun and important but you can let yourself get sucked in and not have to worry about anything else.

There's a pretty crazy ending plus a cool backup by James Tynion IV, Snyder and Andy Clarke.

The Bad

No complaints. This is the title I was most looking forward to and I can't wait to see what happens in this second act.

The Verdict

Scott Snyder's journey through Batman's memory lane continues. Zero Year shows there are still moments from Batman's early days we might not be aware of plus the fact that tweaking other moments serves to strengthen the mythos. With Greg Capullo on art and FCO Plascencia on colors, everything looks amazing. We get to see some things and people for the "first time" and revisiting the past has never been so much fun. We are also trated to a cool back up by Snyder, James Tynion IV and Andy Clarke. Zero Year is not over and I couldn't be happier. Zero Year continues to be a must-read for Bat-fans.