Batman #3 by Ammar Al SubahiPublisher: DC Comics
Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Greg Capullo
Inker: Jonathan Glapion
Overall: 4/5 stars
Premise: Batman sets out to find the hidden hide out of the Owl's Court.
Last issue Bruce Wayne was attacked by a masked man claiming to be part of a mythical organization that supposedly has been running Gotham for centuries (I wonder what the Freemasons think about that?). Having survived the attempted assasination, Batman is now trying to find this Owl's Court and take them down for good.
This issue is mostly Batman doing detective work, and serves mostly to further build on the mood and the theme of the book: Gotham mythology and superstition. Snyder does so by tying the secret organization with the imagery and history of Gotham, having them symbolically "infest" Gotham with its evil. I think we're witnessing the creation of a new foil for Batman that's going to go down in history as a worthy and memorable addition to the already impressive Batman rogue gallery. So kudos to Snyder for that.
The artwork is great, for the most part. But I don't know... I appreciate Capullo taking liberties with the panels and how he stages them, but sometimes it just comes off as pretty unnecessary. Such as one panel where we see a part of Bruce's conversation with Alfred through the eyes of the Batman mask sitting on his desk: we see Bruce's head through one eye-hole, and Alfred's head through the other as they are talking to each other. The rest is just black.
You''e a great artist, Capullo. Show me what you can do with the Batcave! I'd like to see the same amount of attention and detail that's being put into portraying Gotham and the Owl's Court's secret hide-outs, be put into Batman's own lair. Give your teammates some stuff to ink and colour.
But overall, this is still a great book.