Article written by: Jay Christoph
MY OWN WORST ENEMY: Part One
I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect with All-Star Batman, but I was definitely not disappointed. Snyder’s ability to write the Caped Crusaders’ saga is nothing short of mesmerizing to me (I may be a little bias..). This review will be as spoiler free as I can make it. I urge you to read it for yourself.
Our issue opens up with a few somewhat familiar villains. We are given Firefly and Killer Moth, who are trying to subdue the Gotham Knight before he subdues them. It is shown in the next page that Batman is the most wanted man in the state. We also discover that Two-Face is the one responsible for the bounty on Batman’s head. There are some severe ramifications in the series’ opener that will surely be fleshed out in the issues to come.
The storyline, much like Snyder’s other Batman stories, alongside Greg Capullo (The Court of Owls, Death of the Family, Zero Year, and most notably ENDGAME,) is a very climactic build that is filled with twists and turns along the way it would seem. We see a interestingly sane side of Two-Face as Harvey Dent, we also see the egotistical, maniacal deviant that truly is Two-Face. It is a Batman tale that we haven’t really seen. Batman on the road against every DCU assassin to possibly exist..
As of August 15, 2016; All-Star Batman has sold 350,000 copies. Following the path of Harley Quinn #1‘s sales, which topped out at 400,00 copies sold. The big difference between the two, is the many variant covers offered by retailers for the Harley Quinn issue, versus the far fewer of All-Star Batman.
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With Snyder at the helm of All-Star Batman and John Romita; sure to produce premier artwork for the coming issues before trading off with Sean Murphy, could we have the next great Batman run? I would be willing to say an indefinite yes. DC has a real masterpiece line-up in this series. I can’t wait to see what happens next.