Zero Year‘s conclusion is here, and hot damn, we’ve got our Batman.
Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have done something spectacular with Zero Year: they have built a plausible origin for a character that turns 75 today. Seventy. Five. And these guys just recreated an origin for a character with that much back history that works. That is one hell of an accomplishment and with Batman #33 this dynamic duo sticks the landing…Zero Year is a masterpiece.
Scott Snyder’s dialogue in this issue is fantastic. His work with The Riddler is character defining and will be remembered for years to come. His riddles are filled with mischief, showcasing his extreme intellect and insanity all at once. The Riddler almost comes across like a human Loki, a man playing in mischief simply to see some chaos happen. After months of The Riddler having the upper hand, in this issue we see the birth of the Bat, the man who will become “The Detective” as Ra’s Al Ghul so lovingly refers to him, and those moments when Batman is truly born are brilliant to read. This story damn near hums with energy, the excitement of reading these pivotal moments in the origin of Batman is palpable and Snyder does a great job playing this up at all the right times. These characters are iconic, with each of the major players in the Gotham game at the time having great moments in this issue. He hits every single beat he needs to, defining the early days of Batman for a whole new generation of DC readers.
Greg Capullo is a beast. From the start of this series to this point he has not faltered. Somehow, against all odds, he is getting better by the issue, and his work in Batman #33 is amazing. His style is unique and is becoming character defining. The spark in The Riddler’s eyes and the subtle character details throughout the issue showcase Capullo’s mastery of the characters and his exceptional storytelling skills. There is little else to say about Capullo’s work, it is simply amazing.
Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo stick the landing for Zero Year with issue #33 of Batman. This is the work of two modern masters, defining one of the most iconic characters ever known in any entertainment medium. This is a can’t miss comic in a series that is as good as it gets.
The Verdict: 10/10