I did wonder what Snyder and Capullo were doing ending on issue #51. Surely with DC’s love of the number they’d finish on 52?
Well it looks as though #52 was saved for the new team to get going before the Batman title begins anew with Rebirth #1.
It’s a good thing I think, giving us a chance to become slightly accustomed to them before we get into the meat of things. Snyder and Capullo are going to be a very tough act to follow so they’ll need all the help they can get.
The artwork has a much more scratchy, unrefined way to it than Capullo’s very clean style. I like it, though at times it seems that Batman is pulling a face merely to link panels and not because that is how he’d actually react. He look oddly long-limbed at times too. I’m all up for an athletic looking Dark Knight but he doesn’t need to remind me of Stretch Armstrong.
Story-wise it’s a nice one shot, covering aspects of Bruce’s childhood. It ties in nicely to both the number of issues we’re at, and the relationship between Bruce and Alfred. Batman sounds right, which is something I usually worry about with new creative teams.
They’re off to a good start here.