While the unrealistic perfectionist in me thinks that 52 would have made a far better climactic end, that’s about the extent of my complaints. This run, has without a doubt, been one of the finest collaborations between writer and artist that the comic industry has seen. Scott Snyder has done tremendous work with Batman over the years, with each story bigger than the last. Over a span of over 4 years, he’s taken Bruce on the wildest of rides, breaking apart his family, bringing it back together, re-imagining his origin, losing his memory, to finally bringing him back full circle to being who he was meant to be, Batman. Greg Capullo has been absolutely brilliant this entire run as well. He has easily cemented himself as being one of the greatest Batman artists. His style is so distinct and fluid that he was able to take these wonderful stories and bring them to life in fantastic fashion. With Danny Miki inking and FCO Plascencia on colors, opening every issue was as much an aesthetic journey as it was a literary one. This creative team took Batman to a whole new level, which given his history, was a major feat. 5/5
Considering how great this series has been from the very beginning, it’s a real shame that a different creative team was brought in to finish out the series. And while it is a perfectly logical choice of action, given the role the writers will have in the DC Rebirth, it’s unfortunate for the story at hand. It’s a reoccuring theme at DC, where a writer or artist will be pulled off a book to prepare for a future event, while leaving the present story flustering and it’s remarkably unfair to the reader. That being said, this issue isn’t particularly a terrible one. The story continues with the end of SPYRAL imminent. There are a number of twists and turns, an uncharacterist departure by Midnighter, and a whole lot of family drama in the Netz family. The part of this issue that suffers the most, is the art. While it’s not horrible, it is far from the wonderful artwork we’ve grown accustomed to over the span of the series. With the end of the series just around the corner, it’ll be interesting to see how things work out for Dick, considering the changes that are about to come his way. 3.5/5
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