BATMAN King inherits the crown
released OUT NOW! Publisher dC Comics
Writer Tom King Artists david Finch, Mikel Janin
How do you follow up two of the most highly acclaimed Batman sagas of all time? Thanks to the work of Grant Morrison and Scott Snyder, DC’s main ongoing Batman comic has been an inventive thrill ride for a number of years. Now it’s up to new Batman writer Tom King (Grayson, The Vision) to try and match their standards with fresh adventures for the Caped Crusader.
As with many new DC Rebirth titles, Batman is now twice-monthly, and King’s first story arc is very much a mission statement, exploring what happens when two new superpowered vigilantes arrive in Gotham and start aiding Bruce Wayne in his fight against crime.
These first five issues keep the pace high and deliver some strong moments (including a creepy new version of classic villain Calendar Man), but after Morrison and Snyder’s wild invention, King’s slightly dour take on Batman feels like it’s stuck in neutral gear. David Finch’s art is slickly impressive, and Bat-fans will still find plenty to enjoy – it’s just a pity that after being daring and different for so long, DC’s main Batman title is now back to being just another superhero story. Saxon Bullock
Before getting into writing comics, King spent seven years working in counter-terrorism for the CIA.