After a long year of brilliant storytelling, Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Danny Miki, and FCO conclude Zero Year in tremendous fashion. The end of any arc can often be a difficult time for both readers and the creators. Will it live up to the entire series, will it answer the necessary questions, is it written and illustrated at the same level as the rest of this epic story, etc. In this case, the finale is everything you could possibly want. The Riddler, who has been in excellent form this entire series, remains so as he nearly succeeds in claiming Gotham for himself for good. Snyder did an absolutely amazing job developing the Riddler over the last year into the formidable foe he has always been. Snyder also does a fantastic job of establishing Batman’s circle of allies in his quest to keep Gotham safe. Capullo, Miki, and Plascencia go above and beyond on this oversized issue. The action and the battles are illustrated spectacularly, however, what outshines everything is the way their art carries the heavy tone of the issue. The three of them are an absolute dream team for this series and do a fantastic job of bringing this story to life. 4.5/5
With Damian’s body taken by the New Gods, Batman will stop at nothing to get him back, even if it means lying to the Justice League and Superman. The majority of this issue has every member of the new Justice League team arguing Batman’s decision to venture to Apokolips, finally resulting with Batman seemingly relenting and going home. Anyone who thought Batman would give up that easy, clearly doesn’t know Batman and the lengths he’d go for his family. Thus, he goes to the people he trusts far more than the Justice League, his Bat-Family. It’s going to be great seeing how he utilizes each of these characters, and their many skill sets, in rescuing Damian, and hopefully this is just the thing needed to put this family back together. It is situations like this that make Dick’s supposed death hard to take, because under any other circumstance he’d be standing right beside everyone else in that room. Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray, and John Kalisz deliver a spectacular book here. Each of the Justice League members are presented in such glorious fashion, and the book overall is drawn on an epic scale, where even the smallest of details are handled with precision. 4/5
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