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Batman's origin has been told many times before, but I think it's fair to say that it's never been done quite like Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's "Zero Year." They're telling the story of what they call a "punk rock Batman," a younger Bruce Wayne who returns to Gotham to challenge a city that's already being crushed under the weight of a new kind of crime, and they're packing everything they possibly can into it. So much, in fact, that the twelve-issue epic has been divided into three distinct arcs, and with "Secret City" ending last month, we're talking to Snyder in a series of interviews, going in-depth to discuss what these first four issues mean for Batman, his world, and Snyder personally.
Today, in part one of our "Secret City" interview, Snyder talks about his influences, the pressure that came with trying to live up to Batman: Year One, and why he wanted to take Batman's origin in a radically different direction that we'd never seen before.
Looking at the cover for the upcoming Red Hood and the Outlaws #2, announced recently on The Source, I noticed something pretty unusual for superhero comics, which tends to reserve its bizarre sexualization for women: what appears to be a very, very clear outline of the Red Hood's genitalia. Aside from the spandex logistics, which would basically require a men's version of boobsocks, this is notably one of the first times I've ever seen a male character's sexual cha
The rollout of the new slate of Batman-related books in September continues, with the announcement at IGN of three new ongoing series: Nightwing, featuring Dick Grayson in the title role once again, Batwing, "the first... in-continuity black character wearing the Batman costume," and Red Hood and the Outlaws, about a team lead by Red Hood (a.k.a. Jason T