Scott Snyder’s zero year is in full swing. With the Red Hood Gang out of the picture, The Riddler has cut all the power to Gotham and the city has turned into a mad house. This issue has Bruce Wayne beginning a murder investigation of two former scientists for Wayne Enterprises. Along the way we get introduced to Lucius Fox for the first time in The New 52, which will have fans of the Dark Knight trilogy excited until the last page, And then there’s the mystery man, Doctor Death, our presumed Antagonist for the next few issues. What really made this issue a good read was the way it ended, with readers on the edge of their seats wondering what’s going on between Doctor Death and Lucius Fox. Oh, and there’s a super cool new batmobile that hops and clings to walls.
This issue just seems to slow. It opens up with something that may confuse readers, then some cool action, however, all of a sudden it just stops. We also really aren’t learning much about what’s going on in Gotham with the black out which was something a lot of readers may have been looking forward to, especially with the cover being black (maybe it was hinting at something?). We also get a nice thick cover, but we’re paying an extra dollar when we aren’t getting any more story then an average comic.
If you’re reading Snyder’s Zero Year, then there really is no reason for you not to pick this book up. Although it may seem a little slow, and somewhat of a placeholder for this event, there really is no such thing as a bad Batman issue when Scott Snyder is writing it. I’m giving this issue a 3.5/5
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