Batman #2 by Ammar Al SubahiPublisher: DC Comics
Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Greg Capullo
Inker: Jonathan Glapion
Colorist: FCO Plascencia
Overall: a solid 4/5 stars
Premise: Bruce Wayne has 12 hours left to live.
Like I said last review: I'm unfamiliar with Snyder, so I wasn't really sure what to expect from him or what direction he'd take. Last issue ended with a murder case that pointed out his former side-kick Nightwing as a suspect, was this going to be the driving force of this story? Not from the looks of it, as that gets resolved rather quickly; ol 'Wing has a legit alibi. But there's still a murderer on the loose. A murderer who has put a target on Bruce Wayne's head. But I think I'm starting to get what's going on here: Snyder is building up a story here that's playing out as (or supposed to make you feel like) a sort of black book case: some of the evidence points out to an old Gotham myth that Batman simply refuses to believe in.
And that's essentially the story here, I think: old Gotham myths and legends. Remember when I talked about Capullo delivering on portraying Gotham as a character in itself (maybe not those exact words)? This time around, Snyder plays his part in giving the old town some character, and fleshing out Bruce Wayne's character and legacy more (yeah, that's right: Bruce Wayne, not Batman). I'm not going to go in to any details here. You'll know when you read it.
My biggest and only gripe is with Capullo. The artwork is amazing, don't get me wrong but the panel sequencing is sometimes pretty confusing. The visual story telling could be improved. It took me a while to figure out what really happened in certain pages. It's tough to really talk about this without spoiling the issue too much.
Even so, this issue was amazing. And this book is really growing on me.