Review-ski: Batman 19

Batman19A review by Ruben Mendoza.  

 Batman #19 “Nowhere Man” Review

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo continue to show us why Batman is the best comic on the shelves.

As soon as you lay your eyes on the gatefold cover of Batman #19, you know that you are going to be in for one fun ride.

Scott Snyder constructs a very interesting plot that hops back and forth; jumping to different times sort of like the movie Memento. The events themselves begin to make more sense as you reach the end of the book, but that still doesn’t spoil the reveal of the reason why Bruce is pointing a gun at Commissioner Gordon.  What I enjoyed most about this issue is that it’s a smaller story arc so we are getting a lot of twists and turns thrown at us all at once. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Court of Owls, but it’s always nice to see these smaller stories too.

The book references the events of Batman Incorporated #8 and Death of the Family to give us a bit of insight into the state of mind that Bruce Wayne is currently in. The big villain reveal was fantastic, as it wasn’t a reinterpretation of an old Batman rogue, but an evolution of sorts of the character. Bruce Wayne also does a great deal of detective work in this story, something he needs to do a lot more of! Capullo’s artwork was amazing as always and it was nice to see his artwork in the final pages – great stuff.

Batman #19 also ships with the backup “Ghosts Lights Pt.1”, I won’t reveal too much about it since the story is so short but I can say it was very interesting and I’m looking forward to the conclusion.

The story is going to wrap up with the next issue when it will then send us into “Year Zero”. If you’re looking for a new Batman comic (I assume everyone is buying this though) this is a great issue to start with as it covers the important events that recently happened to Batman and gets you ready for the next big story arc.

5/5

Writer: Scott Snyder

Artist: Greg Capullo

Inker: Danny Miki

Colorist: FCO Plascencia

Cover Artist: Greg Capullo, FCO Plascencia

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