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Comic Review: Batman #27

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 6:05 am by Zakk Saam

Cover by Greg Capullo.

Cover by Greg Capullo.

Written by: Scott Snyder

Pencils by: Greg Capullo

Inks by: Danny Miki

Colors by: FCO Plascencia

Published by: DC Comics





Zero Year: Dark City continues this month in Batman #27 from DC Comics.  Batman is set up by the Riddler and ambushed by the Gotham City Police Department.  In a struggle for his life, Batman must escape the persistence of the police with the unexpected help of Detective Jim Gordon, who’s finally looking to do the right thing.

Written by Scott Snyder (Detective Comics, American Vampire), the first half of the issue closely follows Jim Gordon’s first days as an officer in Gotham.  He tells a story to Batman of how he met a young Bruce Wayne many years ago, while the boy was skipping school to visit the city.  The encounter inspired Gordon to check out a local tailor shop after hours, just to see what was going on.  What he found was a dog fighting ring run by the police.  The events that follow mark a change for Gordon, one that he’s changing back to as a result of Bruce Wayne returning to Gotham during Zero Year.

Gordon, should we get salmon or cod?

Gordon, should we get salmon or cod?

Batman’s artwork is a product of a very Spawn-heavy team, with Greg Capullo providing his critically acclaimed pencil work, Danny Miki contributing his inking work, and FCO Plascencia producing colors.  Capullo’s pencils are given ample room to shine early on in the story before taking a backseat to the writing as the issue goes on.  Not to say that the art decreases in quality, but the pacing of the story switches from fast paced action to more dialogue driven content, probably to the discontent of letterer Steve Wands.


FCO Plascencia’s color work has become another driving force behind this book.  His choice of vibrant pinks, greens, and blues is something not often seen in other mainstream comics and brings an air of originality to a book that has been around since 1940. Plascencia’s colors seem to be more muted on a few pages this time around, which is a bit disappointing to see, but overall his color work only add to the  Zero Year story.

Another solid issue from the Batman team, and while not as action packed as some of the previous issues, this one is about good storytelling.  The story is on the upswing as Batman must hunt down the man who is planning to build a doomsday device for Gotham City.

Story: 8.5/10

Art: 8.5/10

Overall: 8.5/10

Batman #28 is scheduled for release on February 12th, 2014.

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