Less than 2 months ago, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo came to a close on probably one of the best Batman runs in the last decade. In #51 they discussed what Batman is to them and to Gotham’s citizens. It was beautifully written and penciled, their swan song was one for the ages. Batman has always been my favorite DC character with Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo bringing him to life.
So why the trip down memory lane on a review for Batman #3 with Tom King at the helm? In this first arc, Tom King is tackling what Gotham is to various characters, the other side of the coin from the Batman is story. This issue hits hard on that definition for our new heroes. Giving us insight into Gotham and Gotham Girl while showing us how Batman approaches it all.
Gotham and Gotham Girl, names which a lot of people felt were unoriginal. Why couldn’t King have been more creative in naming these new heroes? All of that is dispatched when King shows us why those names are so appropriate. While simplistic in terms of name, they are the embodiment of the city. This is their home and they are one with it, fighting for a better tomorrow. Facing their fears and never succumbing them.
King delivers a dialog heavy issue, with such finesse and intrigue. Few people could have followed up Snyder and Capullo on this book and still bring a smile to my face when I read it. King and Finch deliver on all fronts, paralleling the Batman is story with I am Gotham.
We also get to see more of the detective Bruce, seeking out more information about these new superheroes. Why are they trying to help, what drives them, what is their origin story? Being light on action this book is packed with everything I love about King’s writing. I finished this story with a huge smile on my face for what is to come, now knowing that it is in good hands. Not to mention the big reveal at the end of it, making me wait another 2 weeks to run to the store and find out what’s next.
Finch’s art is the perfect catalyst to the story, delivering picture perfect pages to go along with King’s masterful writing. For a few pages, I had to stop and take it all in. The detail for a biweekly book is simply astounding. It will be sad to see Finch move on after two more issues, but I am looking forward to seeing how this one wraps up.
9 / 10
Reviewed by Tim Montoya Batman #3 Written by Tom King Art by David Finch, Matt Banning Published by DC Release Date: July 20th, 2016