BAT­MAN King in­her­its the crown

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

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.

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