If you've been reading Batman, then you already know that while Jim Gordon has taken up the role of Batman (along with a robot suit, a bat-shaped semi-truck and a giant techno-blimp), Bruce Wayne hasn't been absent from the story either. Without his family fortune and his memories of being Batman, he's been working with a charity since the events of Endgame --- and we've all been waiting for a certain set of boots to drop.
Now, with this week's issue, Superheavy has reached a turning point, and to find out more, I spoke to Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo about how they set up their reveal and what it means for the story going forward. Spoiler Warning: This interview discusses the events of this week's issue in-depth, including revealing the end, and shouldn't be read until you've read the issue in question.
Ever since the events of Endgame, when Batman was presumed dead in a final battle against the Joker, Commissioner Jim Gordon has stepped into a giant robot Bat-suit as Gotham City's new protector. Bruce Wayne, however, isn't quite as dead as it may have seemed, and has turned up working for a charity in a neighborhood hit hard by the Joker-fueled riots.
At the end of last month's Batman #42, the two characters finally came face to face for the first time since Gordon became the new Batman, and it raised a lot of questions. Now, with Batman #43 on the horizon, I spoke to writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo about the new direction for Bruce Wayne, why they've taken almost four years to introduce a love interest, and whether Capullo prefers drawing bone monsters and Bat-Tanks to the smaller, more emotional moments.
Wytches is a horror comic from writer Scott Snyder and artist Jock, with colors by Matt Hollingsworth, published by Image and debuting in October 2014. The series follows a family that relocates to escape the trauma of a troubling past, only to discover that there's something far more sinister lurking in the woods by their new home.
The first arc of Scott Snyder and Jock’s Wytches drew to a close with the release of issue #6 and finished just as strongly as it began. Snyder managed to do three things I wasn’t sure he could accomplish in just one issue: he provided satisfying conclusions for the major relationships, demonstrated the scope of the wytches’ power, and left room to continue the story while still delivering a fully-contained arc. Even if the series wasn’t set to continue this Fall/Winter, these six issues would have provided a suspenseful journey into the terrors that live just beneath the surface, complete and yet compelling enough to warrant re-reads.
The headline of this article is kind of a minor spoiler already, but DC itself let it out in its June solicitations; Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Batman #41 will feature a brand-new Batman who kind of looks like a robot with bunny ears carrying a giant handgun.
Who is this mysterious figure? Apparently, DC's Free Comic Book Day offering, Divergence #1, has the info, and word has spread across the comics Internet. Click through if you want to know, and plug your ears now if you would like to be surprised when the issue comes out May 2.
If you've been keeping up with "Endgame," the current story raging through Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Danny Miki and FCO Plascencia's Batman, then you've seen a lot of stuff going on. I mean things are apocalyptically bad in Gotham City on a scale that they haven't been since... well, since the last big Batman story. Still, it's pretty rough out there, what with the millions of zombie-like citizens infected with airborne Joker toxin. But in all the action of the latest issue, you may have missed the most important part: Jim Gordon's ringtone.
It might seem like a minor detail, but it's actually a pretty significant piece of the ongoing Batman mythology -- mainly because I suggested it on Twitter back in November, and now that it's canon, I will never, ever shut up about it.
This week marks the premiere of Gotham, the new Fox television show focusing on Jim Gordon's first year as a cop in Batman's hometown, and the origins of young Bruce Wayne and the people who will one day become the greatest enemies of his war on crime. That the show exists at all is a testament to how strong Jim Gordon and the rest of the Gotham city Police Department are as heroes in their own rights.
So if Gotham has you in the mood to read about Gordon, Harvey Bullock and the rest of the GCPD -- or if you just want to dive into some solid Batman comics where the spotlight isn't entirely on the Dark Knight -- then I've got some suggestions for great comics about Gotham's top cops!
If you asked me who my favorite writers were in comics today, Scott Snyder's name would be right up there at the top of the list, but I'll be honest with you: That's entirely because of his work on Batman. There's very little of his work outside of my favorite superhero that I've read, including American Vampire -- and that alone is pretty weird when you consider that it's got Dracula in it, and he's a solid #2 on my personal list of the best bat-themed characters in fiction. As a result, I've ben looking forward to checking out some of his other work for a while, and Wytches, the new book coming out from Image, felt like a pretty good place to start trying.
It is, after all written by Snyder and drawn by his Batman: The Black Mirror collaborator Jock, and if there are two creators that I like enough to give a new book a try sight unseen, it's them. Having read the first issue, though, I can tell you that it is very good, but very, very dark.
If there's one thing we've learned from our series of in-depth reviews and interviews about Batman: Zero Year, it's that the creative team of Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Danny Miki and FCO Plascencia set out to do a lot more than just re-tell Batman's origin for a modern audience. That might've been the stated goal, but along the way, it became clear that the team wanted to use that bombastic superhero background to tell a story that was incredibly personal, using the trauma that made Bruce Wayne a hero to explore feelings of isolation, fear and, eventually, triumph.
In our final Zero Year interview, Snyder tells us about the interactions with other Batman creators while it was coming out, how he identifies with both Batman and the Riddler, and how much of the story was inspired by his own very personal experiences with overcoming panic and despair.
For the past year, I've spoken to Scott Snyder for a series of in-depth interviews about Batman: Zero Year, the new origin story that he, Greg Capullo, Danny Miki and FCO Plascencia have produced for DC Comics. In the final act, "Savage City," Batman was confronted with a Gotham City that had been destroyed by a super-storm, was overrun by plants that had grown out of control, and was being held in the iron grip of the Riddler, all while confronting the trauma that inspired him to become a hero.
With the full story completed, I spoke to Snyder for the first part of a two-part interview about how he felt he'd achieved his goals with the bestselling story, the inspiration for the dynamic visuals, and his meeting with Frank Miller, possibly the most definitive Batman author, who had one very specific note about the story.
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