Review: All-Star Batman #1

Scott Snyder and J. Romita, Jr. make an excellent combination in the first issue of what looks to be a rollercoaster ride of a batman story.

This story starts off with a bang and as far as I can tell, Snyder wants to get the ball rolling right away. There is one major mystery as to where Batman and Two-Face are headed, but there are few questions unanswered out of the gate. This book is highly reminiscent of 1988’s “Midnight Run” with Batman playing De Niro and Two-Face playing the part of Charles Grodin. Of course, I’m not talking about the relationship between the two. More so, it’s about the ride that the duo is about to embark on. You get the sense in this first issue of how important Two-Face is to Batman’s rogue gallery; and he’s not about to be upstaged by the clown prince of crime as one of Batman’s most dangerous villains. We’ll have to see if that’s the case.

Currently, I’m a bit skeptical of such a claim by Two-Face. But if knowledge is power, then he is surely Batman’s most dangerous villain. So far we have the duo on the run, and a hit on Batman with three of his rogues making the first attempt to end the Bat’s life. Firefly, Killer Moth, and Black Spider make flashy entrances. I’m excited to see what other rogues show up given that Batman and Two-Face still have another 500 miles until they arrive at their still unknown destination.

Romita’s artwork is fairly consistent throughout, yet some backgrounds leave something to be desired. The characters, however, are spot on, although I can’t stop picturing Big Daddy in this issue. With decent panel work and fantastic characterization, you definitely feel that Batman is living in a world where he can’t trust anyone. He still carries his uncompromised ideals throughout in an effort to plead with humanity. We’ll see how far these efforts will go as this saga continues.

By Ed Gerard.

Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: John Romita Jr.

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