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Batman #52 - The List

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The series ends as we discover what is Bruce Wayne's biggest secret.

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have left the building, or at least this volume of Batman. There's no need to fear as James Tynion IV picks up the reigns to deliver a touching and insightful look into Batman's life and mind. Tynion is no stranger to this volume as he has written several back up stories and had a hand in a recent issue that explored Batmen of other realities. With that and his upcoming role as the writer of the Rebirth Detective Comics, this is definitely not a filler issue.

I'll admit, when I first saw the story opening a couple weeks after the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne, I wasn't sure what we were getting into. Exploring some of the missing years or moments in Bruce's life can absolutely be intriguing. It's just a question of how it's executed. Tynion takes what could be a simple cliché and turns into a great focal point in the story. I do wonder if we could have cool stories taking place during the in between years for Bruce. Tynion shows they can work.

Riley Rossmo's art and Ivan Plascencia and Jordan Boyd's colors add a nice touch to the story. Readers of this volume may have wanted an artist with a style more similar to Capullo, especially since we he did the cover. I embrace Rossmo's art in this story. It adds a slightly creepy vibe as we see a new villain called Crypsis. As the story switches between the present and moments in the past, we get some cool moments along with seeing some growth in Batman.

How does this issue fit in with the rest of the series? It's hard to say. It is almost an epilogue of sorts. James Tynion IV delivers a fun and intriguing story with plenty of heart. Maybe it's a little upbeat for what we've had previously in this volume. That isn't necessarily a bad thing. Why not end the volume on a positive note? Perhaps it's because we just had a self-contained epilogue-type story last month, this feels a little out of place as a final story. I do like what Tynion and Rossmo do there. I'd just rather see it (and more of it) elsewhere. This issue easily stands on its own and shouldn't be missed.

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Posted By Mr___death

4.5 for me

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Posted By iaconpoint

I wound up going trade and selling all of my individual issues on ebay because of the ridiculous SuperCrappy storyline. I guess I'm one of the few who was ready for Snyder and Capullo to move on. Looking forward to the new volume but Capullo designing the new suit after he's off the book seems a little wrong.

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Posted By DrellAssassin

I wound up going trade and selling all of my individual issues on ebay because of the ridiculous SuperCrappy storyline. I guess I'm one of the few who was ready for Snyder and Capullo to move on. Looking forward to the new volume but Capullo designing the new suit after he's off the book seems a little wrong.

Jim Lee designed the New 52 suit and he wasn't drawing the main Batman title. Is that wrong?

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Posted By casper4690

I really enjoyed this issue , almost as much as #51 . I agree with this article , it mainly stands alone but ended with a positive heart-felt note. I enjoyed Rossmo's art. The facial expressions were funny (eyes) and batman s dynamic poses, with the cape being emphasised, were awesome. Just like the user above me, definitely a 4.5/5

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Edited By iaconpoint

@drellassassin: Yes.

Edit: Plus Jim Lee is managment. Capullo is a worker bee.

But still wrong to have an across the board suit.

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Posted By Rubear

This Crypsis seems like Ghost ripoff.

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Posted By Armaghetto

I really did enjoy this. Great Alfred/Bruce dynamic shown, but that cover....ewww...that cover...

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Posted By Zeeguy91

@drellassassin: Yes.

Edit: Plus Jim Lee is managment. Capullo is a worker bee.

But still wrong to have an across the board suit.

That makes no sense. So you want Batman to look different in every single book he ever appears in?

Also, Capullo did design the suit when he was still on the book. The suit debuted at the end of the Superheavy arc.

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Posted By iaconpoint

@zeeguy91: Nope. Fabok drew his suit way more detailed than Capullo so that it looked different. Go check it out. And Capullo actually drew that new suit in an issue for sure? I stopped reading after the second supercrappy issue. Honestly, when he first announced it i was scared crapless it would have no cape. If there's one thing Capullo has shown us these last 5 years, it's that he HATES the cap! But it's not a bad design.

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@iaconpoint said:

@zeeguy91: Nope. Fabok drew his suit way more detailed than Capullo so that it looked different. Go check it out. And Capullo actually drew that new suit in an issue for sure? I stopped reading after the second supercrappy issue. Honestly, when he first announced it i was scared crapless it would have no cape. If there's one thing Capullo has shown us these last 5 years, it's that he HATES the cap! But it's not a bad design.

1) Which issue are you talking about in which Fabok draws the Rebirth costume? I don't even think Fabok has drawn the new look yet.

2) Yes. Capullo DID draw the suit in an issue of Batman. I read that issue. It was #50.

3) HOW has Capullo shown us that he hates the cape?

4) Superheavy was a great story.

5) None of what you're saying in any way supports the notion that there shouldn't be an "across the board" suit. Of course there should be one. There can't be different Batsuit for every book that Batman appears in.

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Posted By Epyon007

I thought the issue was a great way to end the series. It was wonderful to see the heartfelt relationship between Bruce and Alfred.