After a few issues of what has been a lull in the series as a whole, Zero Year has finally begun to redeem itself. After such epic arcs like Court of Owls and Death of the Family, finding a way to follow that would be no easy task, even for such an amazing talent like Scott Snyder.
If there has been one consistent thing throughout the series through Zero Year, it has been the fantastic art work of Greg Capullo who continues to deliver rock solid pencils. Capullo is as big a superstar as any this day and age. He just keeps getting better and better which is an amazing feat considering how long he has been around. And again, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the splendid color work FCO Plascencia. The vivid and bright colors of Zero Year are so beautiful and astounding that you are immediately drawn in. Kudos to all the artists on the book.
As I mentioned, Zero Year has seen a marked improvement over the past two issues with regards to the story. This issue in particular is both stunning and intriguing as we begin to see a more traditional detective Batman story. This current arc is as dark as you can ask for in the series as we are introduced to Dr.Death’s gruesome and scary modus operandi. Even Jim Gordon’s initial interactions with the Bat are as fun as ever.
Still, I can’t help but feel a little deflated as we continue on this long journey through familiar origin territory with Batman. Just when things were getting interesting with the series, we are thrown in to yet another retelling of Batman’s origins that I don’t think anybody asked for or even wanted. That aside, this is still a good arc that I am more than happy that I am reading, even if it isn’t as compelling as this series has been in the past.