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Detective Comics #0 - The Final Lesson; The Long Wait

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Where did Batman get his martial arts training? What was going on in Gotham while he was away? Find out here.

The Good

We know that Bruce Wayne dedicated his life to training himself to become a crimefighter. We know he's been all around the world in this quest to prepare to fight evil. We just haven't seen a lot of those years. That's where the beauty of the 'zero' issues come in.

To tell us this tale, Gregg Hurwitz takes over writing duties while Tony Daniel and Pere Perez handle the art. Bruce Wayne makes his way to the Himalayas to seek out a legendary 'Zen-Buddhist Monk Warrior.' That description doesn't even cover everything he can do. Partly because we haven't seen a lot of this time period, there definitely is a level of excitement under the surface as we witness the transformation of Bruce Wayne.

His time training offers some insight into who Batman is and why he acts the way he does. It's an interesting look at the time before Bruce became Batman. You can see hints of who he's to become as well as the possible paths he could have taken. The ending should catch you off guard as well.

Besides this story, we also get an incredible back up story by James Tynion IV and Henrik Jonsson. While Bruce is off discovering himself and working on his training, Alfred has been left in charge of Wayne Manor. It might sound like a boring and tedious task but there are factors that make it more than just dusting the furniture and hanging out by the pool.

The Bad

Bruce training in the Himalayas was a great story but could have benefited even more by being a longer story, perhaps a miniseries. It's not fully clear if he just spent six months there and there is a gap in between the main and back up stories. Because the story was contained to a single issue, you don't quite get the full scope of what his training must have been like. We just get little glimpses. Maybe stretching it out wouldn't necessarily be the best idea but I would have liked to have seen more.

There was one aspect of the ending that was a little predictable. Thankfully there was another aspect that threw a wrench at Bruce.

Are we going to know what happens in the time between the two stories?

The Verdict

The idea of doing Batman zero/origin issues seemed a little odd since we pretty much know all of his story. Surprisingly and thankfully, Gregg Hurwitz focuses on a time that hasn't had a lot of attention in the past. Seeing Batman before he's Batman is cool. This isn't in the beginning of his training either as he's likely been around the world already. We also get a great back up story written by James Tynion IV focusing on what Alfred's been doing while Bruce is away. This is what zero issues should be about. It's a great look back at the characters before the first issue of this series. Now I'm even more excited to see other zero issues.

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Scott757

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It'll be nice to see what Scott Snyder has in store for his 0 issue!

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@Scott757: When i asked him he said "Everything in #0 is something you've NEVER seen before" "BATMAN #0 has some new things in it that will definitely cause some buzz. Really excited and proud of the issue" I cannot wait :D

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I recall reading a Hurwitz interview, where he says that this issue of detective is the last in sequence. The Dark Knight being the first followed by Batman. So, maybe, the time gaps will all come together once we read those other two. It was an interesting issue over all. It had potential for more. I get what it was meant to say, tackling why Bruce is the way he is when it comes to emotions and love,].

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I think this issue dovetailed nicely with the flashbacks from Batman and Robin where it goes over Bruce's time as a detective trainee in Paris. Maybe we'll see Bruce with each of his mentors here and there as we go so all thew dots get connected.

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This was a good issue. It does explain a lot of Bruce's behavior. I also feel G-Man was right that this could have expanded into a mini series.

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Sounds a bit like Batman Begins, I may have to check this out.

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Did anyone else get a Joker vibe from Shaw? The way the fire lit his face when he said he was going to take all of the money from the family made him have a very familiar grin...

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Interesting. I might just have to get this.

Thanks for the review!

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I really liked reading this issue. The two stories were brilliant. I love that the stories were areas that have not been touched on. Batman's mythos is something that is near and dear to my heart. That being said, Alfred is just as important to the Batman Universe as is Dick, Tim, Damian, and Jason. I loved seeing Alfred taking on Martha's family for the sake of what was right and respectful. Very touching.

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i loved this book. it was cool to see Bruce and his training to become Batman but i wish it was longer so we could see more of the training he did. also i wish it was longer so we could get more of the father feelings he was having for his master. alferd's part at the end was great. how he told they Kane family were they could go. now i can't wait to pick up Batman 0 so we can see more. G Man you are the man. just wanted to say that.

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Edited By sinestro_GL

I wasn't too happy with this issue.

The ending was pretty predictable, and furthermore the logic behind it didn't make much sense to me....

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@sinestro_GL said:

I wasn't too happy with this issue.

The ending was pretty predictable, and furthermore the logic behind it didn't make much sense to me....

Perhaps aspects of the ending were predictable. However, you did not see the entire ending coming. Don't come back weeks later and say you weren't happy because it was too predictable. Actually, say whatever you want. Nonetheless, this issue was a solid read and not overly predictable in any way.

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@ALittleTooRaph: Of course it was a solid read...without revealing any spoilers (for any unsuspecting users), the reason why the ending came about wasn't too convincing for me.