Written By: Daniel

Since the launch of the new DC 52 titles the most asked question is, “What’s your favorite?”; and I have
so many choices it’s hard to narrow it down. I also try not to say anything disparaging about any title
because; there are no bad characters, just not so good stories. Well unless the book is done by Rob
Lifield, and in that case it sucks. Green Lantern is my favorite hero by far and was the very first DC book
I picked up as a kid going down to the drugstore on the corner. In fact if it wasn’t for Neal Adams who
was the artist on the book I would never have given Batman a second thought (at that age) but I loved
Adams work on the Emerald Ring Slinger, so what’s one more book.
Now, years later with so many different stories and artists who have taken the Dark Knight to the ends of the earth, to other planets, and even different dimensions. There is all ways one story I recommend to new readers (cause everyone likes it); Batman Hush, by Jim Lee and Jeph Lobe. It’s a staple and go to
book in my mind with such a great story that stands so well on its own with all the elements integral to a Batman story. I know there are a lot of other great stories, like the Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller, The Death in the Family, a story line that was so ground breaking for the time but hard for new readers to wrap their minds around. Hush is fantastic for anyone who knows Batman or is just starting out and only sort of knows Batman and his colorful rogue’s gallery. The story from Jeph Lobe is fresh and takes you on a detective rollercoaster of who done it and so complemented by the sharp art style of the best artist in DC Comics, Jim Lee. And now it’s been replaced as the favorite!

I remember how everyone was concerned about the history of the DC universe being lost with the restart, but in fact it has opened so many new doors and a way to revisit the past while giving it a modern day facelift. Now, I have to say that All Star Western has been a much better title then I thought it was going to be. Batman came out of the gate with a new direction, and a faceless enemy bigger than the whole of the Justice League and stretching back to the very foundation of Gotham City’s infancy.
Each issue has been better then the last with Scott Snyder’s story pulling you further into the mystery of the Court of Owls and their assassin, Talon. Greg Capullo is the power house behind the art and this is his best work to date with panels that capture the confusion of how an organization this big exist and
Batman not know. By far the best issue was number five where you find yourself actually turning the
book to follow the story and Batman into the madness, just great story telling from this team. And it
doesn’t look like there is any end in sight as round one was a draw and round two will not only happen
in the Batman issues to come but cross over into all of the bat titles starting with Nightwing and a
revelation I never saw coming. The hardcover of the first six issues of Batman will be in stores May 15, in
case you missed the first few issues and since a number one first print is getting harder to come by. Or
you have just been waiting for the ease of a collected edition so you have the whole story right at your
finger tips. The story moves on with Nightwing and Batman number eight all ready out, and in the rest of the Bat titles to follow this month. The new Batman books have been a huge success in the New 52, and with this reboot the possibilities are endless.