The first issue I read was The Next Batman #1. As many of you know, I’ve been longing for a new person to take up the Batman mantel for years now. Once I saw the announcement for Future State and Tim Fox in costume, I was all but sold on it. In fact, this was the first comic I’ve ever put on reserve at a comic shop because I was so excited. So, now that I’ve read it, what are my thoughts?
Well, I mostly enjoyed it. I really like the world that’s been built up with The Magistrate and the current state of Gotham. The dialogue was pretty spot on and felt very realistic within the world (this is something I’m a big stickler on in comics and movies). I think that Luke and Tim (or is it Jace? I’m honestly not sure what they want us to use for him) was very interesting and will be something I look forward to seeing expanded upon in later issues. Lots of great set-up. On the technical side, the art is PHENOMENAL! I love the use of color in it so far, and the style overall is just spot on. Right up my ally. That said, the story isn’t perfect.
One thing I was looking for in this comic is what makes this the NEXT Batman? What is unique about this character’s time under the cowl? Which is something I really didn’t get much of a feel of. When it came to the actual Batman stuff in this comic, it really just felt like more of the same. That said, this is only issue one and there’s a lot to set-up. Maybe they just didn’t want to overwhelm the reader too much, and having Batman stay mostly the same will help with that. That said, I’m hoping it’s something that is explore more in later issues and perhaps the Justice League run. Overall though, I enjoyed it and will definitely pick up issue 2.
Beyond that, I’ll also add my thoughts on the back-issues. The Katana and Duke story was really interesting. I love the way it expanded upon the world that the main story set-up and I look forward to seeing them play a bigger role in the future. I REALLY liked the Arkham Knights. I think it’s such an interesting set-up for a new team and I like the dynamics of it a lot. It tackles one of my main issues with most portrayals of Gotham and how they treat a lot of the problems within. Seeing these “villians” get a chance to be seen in a more humane and compassionate light (while also acknowledging their issues) is really refreshing and something I’m excited to read more about.
I also picked up The Flash #1 and Superman of Metropolis #1 while I was out so I’ll be sure to post my thoughts on them once I’m done.