Batman’s Greatest Ally Betrays Him in All-Star Batman #2

Thursday, 15 September 2016 - 8:10PM
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Thursday, 15 September 2016 - 8:10PM
Batman’s Greatest Ally Betrays Him in All-Star Batman #2
Scott Snyder has done some impressive work in the world of comics, such as launching two of his very own horror series, American Vampire, at Vertigo, and Wytches at Image. He's also worked for Marvel by penning a Human Torch story, and helped to create the award winning graphic novel, The Wake, with pal Sean Murphy. What he's most well known for, however, is his phenomenal five-year run on Batman. His work with the character hasn't ended though, as he has just begun writing his very own Batman series called All-Star Batman, the second issue of which just hit shelves this week.

Last month's issue set the stakes for the first arc by introducing Snyder's take on the villainous Two-Face, and by introducing Two-Face's plot to release all of the private data he's collected on the citizens of Gotham unless they stop Batman from taking him to a secret location decided upon by Batman and the lighter of Two-Face's dueling personalities. Two-Face claims to have dirty laundry on absolutely everyone, which means even the good guys have a reason to want the Dark Knight to fail this time. Plus, Harvey has issued a reward to whoever takes down the Bat.

In issue #2, Snyder begins his story by showing that Jim Gordon has decided to stop Batman himself. Though there role in the issue is limited, it does show that the GCPD searching Wayne Manor and specifically going to the grandfather clock that marks the entrance to the Batcave. Though things may not be what they seem (Batman's more than well known for his contingencies), it's clear that even the good guys are trying to stop Batman from completing his mission. Even Alfred played a part in a slight betrayal against Bruce in issue #1.

Meanwhile, Batman fights off the villains who are looking to win Two-Face's reward money. Last week, Firefly, Killer Moth, and Black Spider were the ones gunning for Batman. This week, it was Killer Croc, King Shark, Amygdala, Cheshire, and Copperhead. Of course, they stood no chance against the Caped Crusader. Still, Snyder does a terrific job of creating brief features for some of these more obscure Batman villains, and making their fight scenes so genuinely well-written and exciting. Snyder's a true master of pacing and humor, and when he puts these skills to use in action sequences, the result is phenomenal.

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Next month, DC fans will get the chance to see Batman and the notorious KG Beast do battle. The villain just had his first big screen appearance in Batman v Superman, and now he's been hired by Penguin, Black Mask, and Great White to finally put an end to the Dark Knight. All-Star Batman has proven to be a great book so far, so there's a lot of reasons to be excited about where Snyder is taking things.

All-Star Batman #3 hits shelves on October 19th.
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