Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Final Issue of Batman is Everything it Should Be

Thursday, 28 April 2016 - 7:19PM
DC Comics
Batman
Thursday, 28 April 2016 - 7:19PM
Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Final Issue of Batman is Everything it Should Be
It's finally here - the last issue of Batman written by Scott Snyder and drawn by Greg Capullo. They've been the creative team on the book since the New 52 reboot in 2011, and their half decade of work on the title will no doubt go down as one of the real gems to come from the New 52 era of DC Comics. Snyder and Capullo's work has been loved by fans and critics alike, and their final issue, #51, has a little bit of everything that's made the duo's amazing work so heavily appreciated by fans.  

Snyder and Capullo took fans full circle, as Batman #1 of 2011 began with the mention of a news article called "Gotham is" that runs in the local paper. This same news article was one of the subjects of Batman #51, the team's final issue, taking fans back to when the Snyder and Capullo era first began.  

The issue was also a big reminder to fans that Snyder and Capullo are a team that undoubtedly get Batman and his character. The journalist that writes the "Gotham Is" column is a reformed criminal - and he comments on how Batman's moral qualms with killing are the reason he's alive today. The creative team has stayed true to what makes Batman, Batman all throughout their five year run, and that's brought front and center in this issue. Killing doesn't make Batman more contemporary, realistic, or relevant, and it's fantastic that Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo know that, unlike a few recent moviemakers.

Likewise, Snyder's fantastic humor shines through in this issue as well, as Batman #51 opens with a comical conversation between Bruce and Alfred, in which Alfred brings him his "justice" flavored shake; Bruce replies by commenting that justice tastes a whole lot like bananas. Though Snyder and Capullo have dealt with some really dark material throughout their run, Snyder's humor in the book has been some of the best ever be featured in the main Batman title, and that was true up until the very last issue.

Snyder and Capullo also show off how inventive they are yet again by introducing a brand new design for the Batmobile, and it looks very much like a mashup of some of the greatest Batmobiles introduced thus yet, though it's main influence seems to clearly be the one from the animated series of the 90s. They also show off one of their Batmobile's new features - a type of chameleon device - that can make it appear like a number of different vehicles on whim.

There were also cameos by most of the major Batman villains, a promise of the eventual return of the Joker, and the city's tribute to Batman for his sacrifices in this issue of Batman, and as far as goodbye issues go, Batman #51 may very well be one of the best.

Snyder and Capullo will be dearly missed, but they're both going on to do some pretty awesome things. Capullo is working on a huge Millarworld project, and Snyder will be starting his book, All-Star Batman, with the inception of DC Rebirth. It's the end of a great era on the main Batman title, but with rising star Tom King taking over, it may very well be the start of one as well.
Science Fiction
Comic Book News
DC Comics
Batman