Batman zero year dark city
Batman, Volume 5: Zero Year: Dark City by Scott SnyderReading this is a little bit that first time you engaged in the time-honored art of lovemaking. You were pretty excited about it going in, and you were reasonably sure you enjoyed it once you’d finished, but you didn’t really know what was going on when you were in the middle of it—you were really just holding on trying to keep up—and when it was over, you couldn’t really make heads or tails of it (in part, perhaps, because, for a brief period of time, heads were tails, and vice versa). Still, you certainly liked it enough to want to give it another shot, though you think you might wear your glasses the next time around and make sure you’re less distracted so you can figure out exactly what the hell is going on.
BATMAN: ZERO YEAR - DARK CITY Part 1
Batman Vol. 5 Zero Year - Dark City (The New 52)
The juxtaposition of natural disasters and terror attacks along with purposeful replication of iconic imagery are discussed. The Riddler appears on screens all across Gotham City and delivers a threatening message before cutting their power and blowing up what appears to be multiple floors on several buildings. It recalled my memories as a 6-year-old watching the latest tape from Osama bin Laden on the news. Something about him being projected into my home, the one place I was supposed to be safe, felt uniquely threatening. He saves a mother and daughter from looters, leaving them with supplies that includes a flashlight the young girl draws a bat on. James Gordon. Greg Capullo and Scott Snyder riff on several iconic images from The Dark Knight Returns in this arc for more reason than simply borrowing a cool pose.
Next came his Joker yarn Death Of The Family, which might be the most horrific appearance of the clown prince of crime to date. I previously reviewed the first half of this massive story and while I certainly liked that section, there was no denying that a certain air of familiarity dogged down my appreciation. Now the second half of his early Batman adventure is here and those problems have all but disappeared. This new collection kicks off immediately after the events of Secret City. It starts with a power outage, manufactured storms, and the emergence of Doctor Death. Back then he was nothing more than a generic mad scientist with Fu Manchu facial hair.
Lights out! At the end of Batman vol. Never one to rest on his laurels, the Dark Knight is back on the case in Batman vol. As Comissioner Loeb channels manpower toward cornering and capturing Batman, the Dark Knight and Gordon investigate the bizarre deaths of several Wayne scientists. As Bruce and his allies close in on the killer, the storm makes landfall and things go from bad to worse. Bruce is full-on Batman, and we get a crazy car chase, some investigating, a freakish villain, and plenty of epic drama and action. While parallel storytelling becomes a problem for Snyder later on even to a degree in Savage City , he uses it excellently here.
Batman (2011-2016) Vol. 5: Zero Year – Dark City
The story is intended to redefine the origin of Batman in The New 52 , being a fresh story unconnected to other interpretations such as Batman: Year One. The story does, however, incorporate several elements from Batman: Year One , such as Bruce Wayne's long absence from Gotham City and his first attempts at vigilantism. Initially conceptualized as a Batman storyline,  it was announced that in November , various titles would tie in directly to the "Zero Year" story line. Snyder announced in December that issue 28 would no longer be a part of the event, as he had written a lot of material that felt "too cramped" and extending the issue at this point would not give Capullo ample time to properly draw the new scenes. Thus, the original story from issue 28 was moved to issue 29, with issue 28 becoming a preview issue to the future storyline in Batman and the weekly, Batman Eternal.