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And so it begins. Zero Year — where the main Batman title rewinds the clock and we go back to the early days of Bruce Wayne’s fight against crime. Lots of people are already talking about it with interest or frustration, some crying blasphemy at the mere notion when Year One already exists. While that book is my favorite Batman comic of all time, I’m going to look at this comic with an open mind and find the answer to: is it good?

Batman #21 (DC Comics)

Batman #21 Cover

After a flash forward that depicts Gotham in utter chaos, the comic focuses on a young Bruce Wayne trying to figure out the identity of the mysterious Red Hood Gang leader while also meeting with his uncle, Philip Kane, who tries to get him more interested in the new Wayne Enterprises. In the backup story, we see an even younger Bruce learning from a criminal called Don Miguel on how to outrun the police down in Brazil.

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I think Batman is getting into the cosplay scene with the Mad Max getup.

I didn’t talk too much about the plot and that’s because there’s not much to it, outside of setting things up for the new arc by introducing characters and hints at future events. It’s not bad at all by any stretch (I’m certainly interested in seeing where this is going), but since not much happens, the comic kind of starts slowing down and gets uninteresting during the talking bits in the middle. It does pick up at the end when the first surprise is revealed and continues on into the backup, which is fun from start to finish.

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If he called him Uncle Phil, I would’ve started hearing the Fresh Prince theme in my head.

The art on this comic is very good as usual with the combo of Greg Capullo on the main stuff while Rafael Albuquerque does the backup. The expressions and emotions from the characters are great as usual, the action scenes are nice, and the worlds they draw are very eye catching at points, especially during the car chase in the backup. Not a bad thing at all to say about it.

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Though Bruce looks like Travis Kidd from American Vampire here in a way.


  • Lots of good setup, mysteries, and plots are starting.
  • The backup and the action scene was very thrilling.
  • The artwork from both artists is beautiful.
  • Not much really happens.
  • Tad bit boring and dialogue heavy in the middle.

Is It Good?

Yes. Not the most exciting issue, but lots of interesting things are being setup here with the mysterious appearance towards the end and the dark future for Gotham shown at the beginning. Definitely worth checking out at some point, though maybe hold off until the next issue to get more of the story.



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Jordan Richards

Jordan has been writing for a long time now, starting off with bad fan fiction and then moving up movie reviews on his spare time since high school. Jumping into the comic book world with DC 52 reboot and Marvel Now, he has upgraded and moved towards writing short, catchy reaction comic book reviews. He currently hopes to become a video game programmer sometime in the future and continue to improve his writing. You can check out his personal blog at The Information Geek.

  • Mark Pellegrini

    Been reading Snyder’s run since he started. I enjoy what he’s doing, don’t get me wrong. And my problem with Zero Year isn’t even the rebooted origin; these things happen and it’s not worth getting bent out of shape over.

    It’s more that it’s gonna be nearly a whole year of stories. I just finished reading his Clayface two-parter, and while it wasn’t earth shattering stuff, it was good fun and pleasantly brief. Snyder’s great, but I think he’s a little too infatuated with epic length story arcs, which grow especially tedious when applied to a monthly publishing schedule.

    It’d be nice if he just sort of chilled out with the huge, game-changing “epic” arcs and just gave us a smattering or one-shots or two-parters for a while.

    • David Brooke

      I totally agree and I think I even said something similar in my review of the Clayface issues too. Stop with the giant complicated stories and take a break with the character! I suppose Snyder is infatuated with complex story lines.

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