Friday, January 22, 2016


Batman is the consistently best superhero book on the market right now. I'm not joking. Batman has been one of the only titles that has repeatedly reminded me of why I read comics. There has been a lack of excitement towards the industry personally, but Snyder and Capullo continue to keep me optimistic and surprised.


BATMAN #48 follows the struggle of Jim Gordon's tenure as Batman whilst Bruce Wayne grasps at this new life sans Batman. The last issue left off at a huge reveal of a healed Joker stopping to talk to Bruce with none of the Joker's previous persona. I don't think Bruce or Mr. Joker man know one another 100% but things seem very weird as Joker speaks in double entendres. It's often times appears that Joker knows more than hes actually presenting. Jim Gordon Batman is in the clutched monster hand of Mr. Bloom the whole issue. He's bloody, unmasked, and out of options. Near the end, after Bruce rushes to the aid of his girlfriend, Jules, and the children in the care center, Gordon appears to be attacked and penetrated by one of Blooms finger-dick-monster-poison. Bruce experiences first hand what Blooms seeds can actually do as the little girl Liv becomes infected and horrifically mutates in front of Bruce. The ending of the issue has a huge cliffhanger that will certainly shape where the rest of this arc is going. I cannot wait till next month!

 What really made this book great for me was the conversation between Bruce and Joker. The familiarity and yet, unknown feelings represented by Bruce and Joker are almost tangible. There are a ton of unknown details in the dialogue and really created a sense of completion in the minds of the two icons. Seeing Bloom's menacing menagerie of maniacal madmen and women was pretty awesome, more of that please. Snyder and Capullo were not afraid of killing Gothamites gruesomely during the attack. In the finale of the books, Snyder leaves us with massive blue balls with that crazy piece of ending dialogue. Holy sh*t. Snyder and Capullo have officially restored my comic faith. Is there any negatives, no, get the f*ck out. Read this book.


Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have crafted such a great run on Batman that will surely stand the test of time. It's a shame that they won't be together soon as Snyder leaves to do Detective Comics (not a huge departure). The next issue of Batman and continuing to issue #50 will surely be exciting! Batman #48 recieves a 5 out of 5.

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Booster Cola (Spencer H.) is a comic book reviewer, writer, and reporter for The Comic Nation and her affiliates. He has been collecting and reading comics for over fifteen years and has been writing since 2009. Spencer has maintained an unhealthy fascination with Booster Gold for many years now, despite the characters waning popularity and relevance. He founded the Comic Nation in 2014 as an offshoot of the popular podcast of the same name. Spencer currently resides somewhere in the swamps of Florida.
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