Title: Batman Issue 33 Zero Year
Publisher: DC Comics
Rating: 4.8 out of 5
The conclusion to the long running Zero Year storyline. Bruce vs the Riddler, and Batman’s New 52 origin tidies up. It’s hard to rate just one issue of a year long story, especially when it’s the last. I know I was excited to read this issue. The story began slowly, but as Bruce was becoming who he was meant to be, so were several of the other background characters. It’s really only been in the last act of the story that the action and “Batmanness” of the story kicked in. But has it all been worth it?
Remarkably, yes. Relationships between characters seemed naturally built through this whole tale, and when it ends all the pieces are in place for all the Batman tales you know and love. It effectively retcons several other Bat-Origin tales, specifically Year One, but it doesn’t try to put those tales down. This is a new tale. That old one is still good, it’s just not canon.
Scott Snyder (@Ssnyder1835) was born to write Batman. Before The New 52, he was telling good stories in Detective Comics, but since The New 52, he has made the character his own. From The Court of the Owls to Death of the Family to Zero Year, I can’t wait to see what he has in store next. Greg Capullo’s (@GregCapullo) art as usual is the perfect fit for the tale.