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The author of the book: Scott Snyder
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Date of issue: May 13th 2014
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Before The Batman… there was Bruce Wayne!
This collected edition features #21-24 from the comic book “Batman”, including “Batman: Zero Year – Director’s Cut #1”.
Writers: Scott Snyder & James Tynion IV
Illustrators: Greg Capullo, Danny Miki & Rafael Albuquerque
WHERE ARE THOSE MISSING ISSUES?
First of all, if you care to read the explanation of what comic book issues are collected in this edition, you may found odd that it’s beginning on #21, when previous TPB ended on #17. There isn’t anything wrong, it’s just that DC Comics decided to collect certain stand-alone stories in the Volume #6 Graveyard Shift.
BEFORE THE COWL, THE MISSION HAD ALREADY STARTED
In this Volume #4 Zero Year – Secret City, Scott Snyder is getting back on track after his non-consequential storyline of Death of the Family (at least in my very personal opinion), and he is telling the origin behind the origin.
Frank Miller told the first exploits of The Batman in Batman: Year One along with the struggles of James Gordon to fit in the very corrupted GCPD.
But even before The Batman, there was Bruce Wayne and here you will read what happened when he arrived to Gotham City after his training around the world, BUT before of deciding to become something else.
Bruce Wayne still isn’t a costumed crime-fighter and even the very idea hasn’t crossed his mind.
However, his mission is clear: To avoid that anyone else would suffer the same pain that he endured when he lost his parents at the hands of a robbery.
Even he is keeping in secret that he got back to Gotham City that in my opinion is a very smart move since if Gotham’s Favorite Son is back and at the same time some mysterious vigilante appears, well somebody must do the math eventually. And don’t worry when The Batman is appearing in the scene, since Snyder is already in mind how to keep any doubts between Bruce Wayne and The Batman. Definitely one of the strongest developed points in the story.
So, Bruce Wayne is using all the knowledge adquired about disguising and acting to become a faceless (or even more accurate with thousand faces) vigilante. And you will be amazed of how versatile is Bruce’s habilities in the matter.
PAINT RED THE TOWN!
Bruce Wayne is returning to Gotham City just to find his beloved city in the hands of the gang of The Red Hood. A mysterious gangster with a crimson large helmet with a vast “army” of minions. Red Hood One (as the gang’s leader is named) has been using blackmailing, death threats, etc… to people around the whole Gotham City, in all the spectrum of social levels, working positions, etc…
So Red Hood One has “sleeper agents” at hand whenever he may need them. ANYONE can be a Red Hood!
Philip Kane is Bruce’s uncle and after a merging between Kane Chemicals and Wayne Enterprises, he is now in control of the company.
Good ol’ Philip has certain Edward Nygma (ring any bells, folks?) as a strategist consultant for Wayne Enterprises.
GENERATIONS OF LEGACY
Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo between dialogues and images, they are able to give a respectful tribute to the varied generations of the legacy of Batman, like his first appearance in comics (but addecuate updated a bit to become functional in a more modern age), along with the live-action appearance of the characters in projects like Batman ’66 TV series, Tim Burton’s Batman and Nolan’s Dark Knight but also even Batman Animated.
And the brilliant job is that while keeping the most basic expectations about The Batman’s origin, Snyder is able to insert his own contributions to the story along with some concepts introduced in other formats to set the definite origin before the origin.
You’ll really feel that there is a real man inside of the Bat-suit…
…and that man is Bruce Wayne.
Read information about the authorScott Snyder is the Eisner and Harvey Award winning writer on DC Comics Batman, Swamp Thing, and his original series for Vertigo, American Vampire. He is also the author of the short story collection, Voodoo Heart, published by the Dial Press in 2006. The paperback version was published in the summer of 2007.
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