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Batman #4 by Ammar Al Subahi

Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Greg Capullo
Inker: Jonathan Glapion
Colorist: FCO

Overall: 4/5

Premise: Bruce Wayne's connection to the Court of Owls revealed!

As last issue things went BOOOM, we follow the aftermath of that (Batman survives, what a surprise, right?) and go back in time to when bruce was just a boy, as Bruce explains Nightwing the reason for why keeps he insisting that the Court of Owls doesn't exist.

This is a very verbose issue (and a very verbose series, for that matter). It takes a few more minutes to read through than your average (super hero) comic book. But never once did I feel as if I had to 'trudge' through reading this, even though a good 50% of the issue is all dialogue and flashbacks. And that is a sign of a great writer who's giving us, or make that blessing us, with a rich narrative. And that's sadly not always the case in comics.

Plus it's always cool to see Batman engage in detective work. Something that is sadly missing from Detective Comics.

This issue the art crew gets to flex their muscles a little bit by doing the flashback sequences under a slightly different style: more sketchy, less detailed, with harder contrasting colors and inking. More "noir," so to speak. And I, of course, loved it. You really get the sense that you're reading/watching scenes that come from deep within Bruce's memory, as the visuals are murky and the colors are exaggerated. Although some panels I couldn't really follow what was happening.

I read that this storyline was going to expand into a big Bat-centric event, tie-ins and all. I'm shaking my head at the very notion. Marvel just recently tried that with Daredevil in Shadowland, the end result wasn't that very good, as was expected. Maybe I'm wrong about this time, though.