Comic Book Review: Batman #51

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Scott Snyder


Greg Capullo, Danny Miki


FCO Plascencia


Steve Wands


Greg Capullo, Danny Miki, FCO Plascencia, John Romita Jr. , Klaus Janson , Alex Sinclair


DC Comics




Apr 27th, 2016



Batman has battled everything from the Court of Owls to Mr. Bloom to the Joker, but how does he handle a quiet night in Gotham City…?


This is it, the end of Scott Snyder and Greg Cappulo’s run on Batman. I’ve had a love/hate relationship with the series since its early days at the birth of “New 52”. I remember being amazed Capullo was going to be illustrating Batman, and how excited I was to see it. Scott Snyder writing? That sounded awesome too. Then we got Court of Owls and it was pretty epic. From there it was the hit or miss Death of the Family storyline. While there were moments in that story I felt were weak, over all I enjoyed it. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Zero Year, and definitely did not like at all End Game but still nothing was as dumb as the commissioner Gordon/return of Bruce as Batman storyline that came after. Now with DC rebirth happening, and Tom King coming in as writer the dup of Snyder and Capullo (with their excellent team of Danny Miki on inks and FCO Plascencia on colors) have set everything back to status quo. 

Batman is just a younger less scarred version(although I still don’t get the big deal since it was never shown his “worn out” body had ever held him back in the last three years), Gordon is once again a chain smoking withered looking old disgruntled commissioner, the villains are all crazy and back in a new updated Arkham, and the city for the first time in a long time is-Safe. I couldn’t think of a better conclusion for this crazy up and down ride for Batman. After everything that’s taken place in Gotham finally, when it’s all said and done, there is a moment of true peace. That’s the Gotham Snyder is leaving us with, a moment of tranquility before the chaos all starts up again. It’s an ending that allows me to feel confident to always make Batman my no.1 suggestion to anyone wanting to read something from DC’s “New 52” series. While so many books were plagued with good or bad creative teams, constant switches and cancelations, Batman stayed true, vigilant and strong! Thanks to this superb group of talented creators. I now look forward to the future to see what new series writer Tom King will bring to the batman verse.

Batman #51 page

  • The Hey!: A very simple but effect conclusion to an excellent series.
  • The Eh: Some parts were a bit silly like all the Arkham villains lined up together ready to “pounce” on batman but then suddenly the new security comes on. The scene did was it was supposed to, but came off wacky.
  • The What?!!: Just taking a moment to enjoy every single bit of beautiful work Capullo, Miki and Plascencia did on this series and show off in this book as well.
  • Who should read this series: Everyone! But Batman fans and anyone who wants to get into comics.
  • Why should you buy this book?: It’s the conclusion of a very long tenure by a faithful creative team.

Score A

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