Batman #51 is one of the best stories from the title since its rebirth in DC’s “New 52” launch. It is also – perhaps not coincidentally – Scott Snyder’s and Greg Capullo’s final collaboration for one of the most iconic titles in the comic universe.
In a title as storied as Batman, epic cover art seems to come less and less frequently. The collaborative piece created by Capullo, Miki, and FCO Plascencia features the cape and cowl enveloping an oddly bright Gotham City, the Bat Signal in its sky taking the place of the iconic symbol on Batman’s chest. It’s a brilliant blend of the dark nature of the Batman character in juxtaposition to the brightening character of Gotham.
The unspectacular nature of this story is what’s so spectacular about it. We’ve seen stories of the Dark Knight on night patrols since forever, and at its heart, this story is just that. Driving on the empty streets outside Gotham, Batman experiences a minor earthquake that knocks out power to the city. Suspecting (with undeniably good reason) that this is some form of attack, Batman visits some of the usual suspects, but the culprit is far less expected and far more revealing than you might expect.
The art reflects the usual quality of Capullo, Miki, and Plascencia, and the narration is conducted in a Book Antiqua-ish font, which adds a nice flavor to the story, especially when the narrator is revealed. Worth picking up even if you’re not following the Dark Knight’s crusade on a regular basis.
Batman #51, writer: SCOTT SNYDER, pencils: GREG CAPULLO, inks: DANNY MIKI, colors: FCO PLASCENCIA, letters: STEVE WANDS, cover: CAPULLO, MIKI, & PLASCENCIA.
Review by Robb McKinney.