BATBOOK OF THE WEEK: All-Star Batman #1

There’s only one choice.


Scott Snyder’s back in the Batfold this week with a book that’s intrigued me since it was announced.

All-Star Batman, as you almost certainly know by now, is Snyder’s ongoing project with a series of top-flight artists. The initial arc, featuring a Defiant Ones-esque road trip with Two-Face, features art by the likes of John Romita Jr., Declan Shalvey, Danny Miki, Dean White and Jordie Bellaire.

Snyder has described this book as his version of The Long Halloween, with a succession of Batvillains expected to make appearances. (I prefer comparisons to Englehart and Rogers’ villain-heavy ’70s Detective Comics run, myself.)

During his nearly five-year run on Batman, Snyder focused mostly on a relatively small group of adversaries — the Court of Owls, the Joker, the Riddler and Mr. Bloom, primarily. So I’m curious to see how he interprets Batman’s wider gallery of rogues.



Red Hood and the Outlaws #1. I am not a fan of Red Hood. I have said that many times in many ways. I even think DC should retire the character. (Click here for more on that — if you dare.) That said — alllll that said — I liked the Rebirth issue. I did. Despite myself. So I’ll try this too. I do admit that the premise is kind of neat: The cracked-mirror versions of DC’s so-called Trinity team up: Jason Todd, Bizarro and Artemis.

Detective Comics #938 is also out this week. Consider this a public-service announcement.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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