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“He’s the hero Gotham deserves…” A reading of Snyder and Capullo’s Batman: Zero Year

Batman Feature

…instead of exploring the dark, mean streets of Gotham City in Zero Year, Snyder and Capullo’s opening move is to show us a devastated, overgrown Gotham, one where the subway tunnels are flooded and where a young kid spear fishes for brightly colored fish on the city streets. Richmond Lewis’s rusty, urban colors have given way to FCO Plascencia’s vivid, lively natural colors. A story of the Batman who prowled by night is replaced by a Batman who exists and fights in daylight. Snyder and Capullo threw off the specter of the past and tried to create a Batman for 2014 in Zero Year.

Now playing @ Sound on Sight- The Sandman: Overture #1 by Gaiman and Williams III

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With J.H. WIlliams III on art, Gaiman slips into his classic writing mode. The Sandman: Overture #1 feels like a greatest hits of Gaiman’s 75 issue run, giving the fans everything they knew and loved from that series. There’s the murderously creepy Corinthian, comic relief Merv the Pumkinhead and Lucien, the ever faithful dream librarian. There’s the high and haughty Dream, our hero from before he learns any lesson of humility and love, moving through the dreaming world like he’s a conductor who is keeping the trains moving on time. There’s the random, fantastic characters, caught up in and serving dreams. And then there’s the family but only just Death and Destiny, the beloved and most together of the siblings.

@ Newsarama Best Shots: Batman #24 Review

Batman #24 by Snyder & Capullo

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman has been all about masks. From “The Court of Owls’” creepy minimalistic avian masks to Lincoln March’s many masks and even to the Joker’s disturbing mask made of his own facial skin in “The Death of the Family,” this theme of identity and concealment has been at the heart of most of Snyder and Capullo’s stories. And each of these stories has also picked away a bit at Bruce Wayne; he didn’t know his city, he didn’t know his family and he didn’t know his friends or his villains. Snyder and Capullo have scraped away at the confidence of the character, exposing the raw nerves that are his weaknesses and doubts.

Waid x Snyder

In this age of crisises, reboots and wholesale continuity whitewashes to attempt course correction on characters, Mark Waid has revitalized Daredevil, getting the character out from underneath Frank Miller’s shadow without invalidating a single issue of the last 30 years.…

The Wrap Up Show at FMF– Action Comics #5

In this last few years of political, economic and social upheaval in the United States, I think Morrison is on the right track in trying to redefine Superman. The 21st Century started out with a Superman that somehow tried to renounce any American citizenship and even was proclaimed as standing for “truth, justice and all of that other stuff.” But like the times when Superman was created, the “American way” is either corny, an anachronism or a lie depending on your views of the country. And how does the country’s #1 adopted son respond to that? That’s the story that it felt like Morrison was trying to tell in the first two issues of Action. How does the ultimate boy scout live in an era where the Boy Scouts are eventually sent overseas to fight wars that no one understands while those who stay home get rich and fat?