Batman #51 – A Farewell

The end of an era.

After four years writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo worked on their last issue of Batman – Issue 51. It’s consistently been both a critical and sales success. I started buying monthlies with the introduction of the New 52, so I’ve been with the title since the start. I’ve had issues with the run at times but overall there’s no doubt in my mind that it will go down as a classic run and one of the most definitive takes on the character.

From The Court of Owls and Death in the Family, through to Zero Year, End Game and then Jim Gordon’s time as the Bat in Superheavy, Snyder and Capullo have covered most aspects of Batman. The only thing they haven’t done that I hoped they would are give us new takes on Two-Face and Bane. We can’t have everything though I guess.

Fittingly, their final issue doesn’t try to go with out with a bang. Instead it’s a love letter to the character and his city, on a rare quiet night. It’s an intimate story, both touching and warmly funny, that ties the final story to the first neatly. I’ve not always agreed with how Snyder ends his tales, but this one is pitch-perfect.

I’m going to miss Capullo’s Batman. His Bruce is a hunk (there’s no denying it), whilst his Batman is a brooding, athletic beast. He’s pretty much the perfect Batman.

This isn’t really a review is it. It’s me saying goodbye to a series that I’ve loved for a long time.

Snyder. Capullo. Miki. Plascencia.

Thank you.

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