Scott Snyder

Dark Nights: Metal #3

DC Metal 3 coverScott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s epic power ballad continues with Metal #3.  If you are not caught up with the series, you can check out my reviews of Metal #1 and Metal #2.  We last left off with Batman inadvertently opening the portal to the Dark Multiverse, allowing the Dark Batmen to enter, and cause all kinds of chaos (check out Gotham Resistance or the Dark Batmen origins).

This story starts in a dream. Damian Wayne and Jon Kent are rocking out as their parents, along with Diana wait for the rest of the Justice League to arrive to celebrate their victory in the war.  But that celebration is short lived as they notice Bruce beginning to bleed in the shape of a bat.  As he says “Carpe Diem,” Barbatos springs from Bruce, leaving Superman to fight him, again.  Superman has been fighting Barbatos continuously for what has seemed like a lifetime, until Wonder Woman pulls him from a tower of people.  (more…)


Dark Nights: Metal #2

DC Metal 2We last left off with this series learning that the Metal title was in reference to at least the Nth Metal, and was connected to a substance know as Dark Matter from a Dark Multiverse.  Batman being Batman decided to be all Batmany about it and rushed off on his own to try solve this crisis.  (It’s DC, we might as well call it a crisis.)

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s epic, Metal, continued this week with issue #2.  This issue continues the quick pace established in the first issue, weaving together action, exposition, and witty one-liners into another fantastic issue.  Here’s what you need to know about, though you should know that Damian is totally winning in this issue.  (more…)

DC Metal #1

DC Metal 1Not going to lie.  When I found out that DC Metal was going to be featuring Nth metal and dark matter, I was a little disappointed.  I was really hoping that the Justice League was going to forming a rock band and going on tour.  You can’t honestly tell me that you would not read that.

But anyways, this story starts with the Justice League on a recently created Warworld, and are forced to fight in Mongul’s gladiator pits.  They are pitted against creations of the Toyman, but he built into the robots an easy way out.  The League finds these buttons, go into the robots, and join up to form Voltron.  Or something.  But it was fun.  (more…)

Thoughts on All-Star Batman #1

all-star-batman-1-coverWay back in ye olden times, DC launched the “All-Star” line of comics.  The thought behind this is that you would take your all-star creators, match them up with your most recognizable characters, and just let them create.  It was a wonderful idea.  The All-Star line gave us Grant Morrison and Frank Quietly doing one of the greatest Superman stories ever.  However, it also gave us a Batman “series” by Frank Miller and Jim Lee that is remembered more for its delays and incomplete status, and Batman referring to himself as the “god damn” Batman, than any actual story lines in the book.  Of course, it was essentially a Robin origin, but there was a beautiful 4-page spread of the batcave.

After All-Star Batman and Robin’s fade into the same incomplete obscurity that also claimed Image United, the All-Star line never continued.  But now, it’s a new day, yes it is.  All-Star Batman is back with Scott Snyder and John Romita, Jr.  And I must say, I have a good feeling about this.  We know Scott Snyder isn’t going to just stop writing.  The man has been doing phenomenal Batman stories since before Flashpoint.  And I don’t think John Romita, Jr. is going to stop drawing anytime soon.  So, odds are in our favor that this All-Star Batman will actually see a resolution.

But also, it seems like this book may actually exist in mainline continuity.  It’s definitely reflecting the events shortly after Rebirth.  Duke Thomas is by Batman’s side as his sidekick/trainee.  (I’m behind on Rebirth, so I don’t know what they’re calling Duke’s hero.)   (more…)

In the year zero

Batman 22 coverPart 2 of Scott Snyder’s “Zero Year” just came out in Batman #22, and here are some things that you need to take from this issue.

  • Each member of the Red Hood Gang goes by a number.  Red Hood One is the leader.  I assume Red Hood Five is Luke Skywalker.
  • Weapons developed by Wayne Enterprises are being modified and used by the Red Hood Gang.
  • Alfred Pennyworth really thinks Bruce should rejoin the land of the living so that he can take over Wayne Enterprises, but wants Bruce to make that decision.
  • Philip Kane also thinks that Bruce should rejoin the living, and was a jerk about it.
  • Bruce ran into Edward Nygma, and they had a quick exchange involving a riddle.
  • Red Hood Gang found out where Bruce was staying, and blew it up when Bruce returned.

The weapons issue was discovered while Bruce was disguised as the Penguin on a blimp occupied by the Red Hood Gang.  Personally, I think it’s a silly angle to take.  It reminds me too much of Iron Man.  The movie anyways, can’t speak for the comics.  As you should know, in the movie, Tony Stark finds that his weapons are ending up in the hands of terrorists, and doesn’t want to develop weapons anymore.  So, they develop…god only knows what and continue making loads of money.  (Hmmm…I do wonder what Stark Industries does develop now.)  But anyways, throwing weapons into the mix seems like a silly reason to get Bruce back involved with the company.  It’s just unnecessary.  Though, now that I think about it, I’m not sure what Wayne Enterprises develops to make money either.

Philip Kane pulled a really dick move.  Bruce wanted to speak with Philip about the weapons.  Philip tells Bruce where to go, and surprises him with a welcome back party.  So now, Bruce doesn’t really have the option anymore.  Pictures of him were taken, a reporter (Vicki Vale) was present.  So, now the cat is out of the bag.*  Personally, I like the move.  I like adding this element of turmoil within the family.  We never really think about the rest of Bruce’s family.  Sure, his parents die, but what about any aunts and uncles?  What about any grandparents?  It’s also a nice touch that his uncle isn’t exactly excited about the return.  Why would he be excited?  He stands to lose control of the company.

Questions I still have:

  • Where do Nygma and Kane fit with the Red Hood Gang?  I think it would be a good change if Nygma is Red Hood One.  I don’t want to see this turn into a Joker origin story.  That’s been done before.  That’s old DC Universe.  This is the New 52.  It’s an opportunity to do something different, so do something different.  If you’re going to just retell old stories, then why even bother?
  • Still, how the hell do we get to a post-apocalyptic Gotham City?  I figure this one is going to take a while, but it still bugs me.

*The writers of Comicdom Wrecks! do not condone the putting of cats into bags.

In the year zero

Batman 21 Zero year coverBatman #21 was the beginning of Scott Snyder’s next storyline in Batman, “Zero Year.”  I guess he didn’t want to write a Year One story of Bruce Wayne becoming Batman.  So, he wrote a story that takes place before that.  Before Bruce Wayne becomes Batman.  In which Bruce Wayne is already Batman.  I’ll give you a moment.  Yeah, it doesn’t make much sense to me either, but I’ll deal.  It’s only a title.

The issue starts 6 years ago, showing a kid catching a fish from a very flooded subway entrance.  The kid is attacked by masked men, but is saved by Batman.  The kid is very surprised to see Batman, because he thought “He” killed him.  Batman is fine with people believing this, cause then “He” won’t see him coming.  I want to pause here, a few pages in and make sure you noticed a line.  Yes, the kid caught a fish from a flooded subway entrance.  We’re talking about flooded all the way up to street level.  And Gotham looks incredibly overgrown.  Like, New York in I Am Legend overgrown.  It’s kind of silly.  But moving on.

We’re next taken to 5 months before that.  So, we’re now 6 years and 5 months ago.  Bruce Wayne is in disguise, and running from the Red Hood Gang (see issue #0).  Even cornered in a box truck, Bruce is able to make a daring, and ill-advised escape. Back at…well, it’s not a cave.  We’ll just call it headquarters.  Back at his headquarters, Bruce and Alfred discuss not only the Red Hood gang, but also Bruce’s decision to stay legally dead.  You see, he had disappeared for several years, and had been declared dead by his uncle (mother’s brother).  Speaking of which, he (Phillip) had just happening to follow Alfred, and sees him with Bruce.

Phillip wants Bruce to return to the land of the legally living, and claim his rightful place as the head of Wayne Enterprises.  However, Bruce tells him that he’s not interested, and has other reasons for being back in Gotham.  Afterwards, Phillip meets with Edward Nygma, who tells Phillip that to ultimately reach their goals, they’re going to have kill Bruce Wayne.

For some reason, Snyder seems to be really interested in expanding the history of Gotham City.  First, there was the Gates of Gotham mini-series.  Then, there was the entire Court of Owls storyline.  Now, he’s decided to give us an extended origin story.  Will he stick with tradition and have the Joker be one of the Red Hood gang?  I don’t know.  But that’s not what I am looking forward to with the rest of this storyline.  I’m more interested in what is likely to be the Riddler origin story.

We all know the most widely believed origin of the Joker.  It’s not really going to add anything to the character to re-tell the same story once again.  However, the Riddler’s origin isn’t as widely known.  Hell, I can’t remember what the official version of it was pre-New 52.  So that’s the story that I’m looking forward to.  I’ll get more into critiquing the story once we see where exactly it is heading.  If you’ve liked Batman so far, then there’s no reason you won’t like this issue.

Superman Unchained #1

Superman Unchained 1 coverSuperman Unchained #1 by Scott Snyder and Jim Lee hit shelves this week, just in time for the release of Man of Steel.  I’m of two minds regarding the issue.  First, I did like the issue.  I thought it was nicely written, and you get the Jim Lee art when he’s had time to work on it.  Not the more “scratchy” style it takes on when he’s in a hurry.  Here you have a friendly Superman doing Superman things.  Early on, he absorbs the impact of a space station, saving the people inside it, and where it was going to land.  And yes, that sounds a bit ridiculous, but come on.  It’s Superman.  It was written and drawn in such a way that the reader is just pulled into the scene.  It was awesome.  And it was followed up with Superman joking about how the people on the space station should got out for drinks and celebrate, being that they just broke about 7 Guinness world records.  I like that Superman.  Clark Kent written just as well.  The exchanges between Clark and Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane were just as good.  I highly recommend that you read this issue.  But, I really emphasize the “read” part of that last sentence.  Should you buy the issue though?  That’s a different issue and question.  Which takes me to my second mind.

The book cost $4.99.  It cost $5 for what was in actuality 24 pages of story.  Sure, two of those pages are the size of a small poster, but there was no reason for it.  One side might make for a decent poster, but you have to leave it with the comic because the other side is part of the story.  Therefore, it can’t be hung on the wall, like poster-sized things should be.  And it looks like things only get slightly better.  The next issues will be $3.99.  Unfortunately, it seems like the page count is going to remain the same, making this DC’s first 32 page book that is $3.99.  Normally, their $4 books are expanded to 40 pages and contain a backup story.

I hate talking about price points.  It’s boring, and it’s all relative whether or not something is worth the price on the cover.  There are some books that I wouldn’t pay $1 for and some I’d pay more for.  You get the idea.  In short, I hate paying extra for gimmicks that add nothing to the issue.  And yes, the “unchained” part of the title is silly.  But who cares?  It’s just a title.