writer: Judd Winick
artists: Ed Benes and Rob Hunter
And so Batman
has been reborn, and didn't have to go to an alternate Earth
inside Franklin Richards' imagination to do it. Okay, so
Bruce Wayne might have, and it's in Grant Morrison's head,
but that's another story for another time.
issue of Batman might get lost in the wake of last
week's Batman and Robin #1 (which did rock) and this
week's Red Robin #1. Those are where the exciting
revelations happen, right? We already know who's under the
That sells a
solid book short, one undone a little bit by bad timing.
Winick's story fills in the gap between the last three pages
of Battle for the Cowl, and really gives more solid
bang for the buck than that entire mini-series.
Here, Dick Grayson
struggles with the decision that we already know he made
- to don the cowl of his adoptive father and, in some ways,
take his place. He can barely allow himself time to mourn,
and history has shown us that the Bat-family isn't exactly
that demonstrative in the first place.
But it's not
just Dick's grief that we see; Winick handles Alfred's emotions
with laser precision. Three panels is all he needs.
actually get delineated by Ed Benes, an artist of intense
dynamism who isn't always great at small moments. But he
stages it right here, and may be the right choice because
again, the people in the Batcave themselves aren't great
at small moments.
Then there are
the big ones. A headstrong and overconfident Damian takes
on Dr. Phosphorous. The Scarecrow sows fear across a bridge
at rush hour. And Dick finally reaches the decision we know
In the midst
of big events and launches, it's important to remember that
sometimes storytelling can make up for a lack of surprise
in story. Winick, Benes and inker Hunter will remind you.
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