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Ridiculously Overrated. Solid Build-Up, Great Art, Terrible Ending.
on July 30, 2014
I know most of the sheep out there think Scott Snyder is the next Alan Moore or Frank Miller or something and believe me, I wish he was.
His first work on the Batman books started on Detective Comics with a story called The Black Mirror and I have to say, THAT story is brilliant. Everything he's done since though has been strong as hell at the start and middle portions of the stories but they completely deflate at the end. This story especially. It delivers none of what it promises. Snyder is a horrendous tease.
The ending is so inconsequential it pretty much neuters everything that preceded it. Not to mention he overwrites worse than old school guys like Stan Lee and Chris Claremont. Way too much exposition and info-dumping. He ruins a lot of amazing artwork by doing that.
I just really don't get all the fanboy worshipping of this guy. I guess my whole point is that while Snyder is certainly a talented writer I don't think he's all he's cracked up to be. I think time will tell. I would bet that in 10 years no one is going to look back on this story as anything groundbreaking. If even half of the story points introduced in this book would have been for real this book could have been great. I think that's why I'm being so hard on it.