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"This is easily the best understanding of the hallmarks of Snyder's Batman run: Gotham as character and as contemporary urban center."—Popmatters

"One of the best comic books I've read this year—perhaps the best ... this is the Snyder and Capullo show. This is the work of two men at the top of their games. They have never been more confident in their storytelling."—New York Post

"BATMAN: ZERO YEAR is well on its way to establishing itself as the new origin gospel in the New DC Universe."—Craveonline

"Snyder and Capullo's vision of "Zero Year" feels large and compelling right off the bat, and it makes you want to read more. This is how I want all of my epics to begin."—Comic Book Resources

"It's not just a great Batman story, but a great Bruce Wayne story."—MTV Geek

About the Author

Scott Snyder is one of comics' best young writers. His current works include BATMAN, SUPERMAN UNCHAINED, AMERICAN VAMPIRE and SWAMP THING. He has also been published in Zoetrope, Tin House, One-Story, Epoch, Small Spiral Notebook, and other journals, and has a short story collection, Voodoo Heart, which was published by Dial Press. He teaches at Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence University and lives in New York with his wife, Jeanie, and his son, Jack Presley.

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Product Details

  • Series: Batman (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 52nd edition edition (October 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401248853
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401248857
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.7 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Anarchy in the US on October 7, 2014
Format: Hardcover
We're half through with writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Cappullo's new take on Batman's origin story within the New 52. After part 1 of ZERO YEAR which was primarily Bruce Wayne returning to Gotham and finding his reasons for putting on the cape and cowl, part 2 see's Batman take on the hardships of his role and beginning of many battles to save Gotham city. And as Snyder and Capullo find more methods to diverge from the typical origin story we all know and love compared to volume 1, there are some small snags to get there

BATMAN VOL.4: ZERO YEAR - DARK CITY collects issues #25-27 and #29-33 with one backup story from issue #25. ZERO YEAR is divided into three chapters: Secret City (where volume 4 takes place) with Dark City and Savage City taking place volume 5. Issues #25-29 comprise of the 4-issue Dark City arc and issues #30-33 make up the Savage City arc.

After the events of Batman Vol. 4: Zero Year-Secret City (The New 52), Gotham City has been blacked out by the Riddler. The city needs its power back to survive the oncoming hurricane heading toward Gotham. But as the city starts it's decent into darkness (pardon the pun), numerous deaths have been happening with peoples bones growing out like trees from a being named Dr. Death. Is this related to the Riddler? Can Batman stop these two culprits? Either way, it makes matters worse for Batman to solve since the Gotham City Police Department (GCPD) want to arrest Batman as a fugitive and his lack of trust for Lieutenant Gordon and Alfred make him working alone. Can Batman save Gotham and himself in the process? That is the riddle.

Besides the Dark City arc being about Dr.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Scott Knight on October 7, 2014
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Scott Snyder's Batman: Zero Year - Dark City is another awesome entry in his Batman series. Following on the heels of Zero Year - Secret City, this current volume continues the story of Bruce Wayne's first year as Batman.

In the first story arc, Batman encounters a new villain known as Dr. Death. Dr. Death has a connection to Bruce Wayne, and Bruce is determined to find and catch him. Meanwhile, Commissioner Loeb and Det. Corrigan are determined to arrest Batman and take him off the street. This story is interesting, but it's biggest impact is as the set-up for the final arc.

The second arc is outstanding. Riddler has taken control of Gotham; no one is allowed in or out of the city. Bruce Wayne wakes up in strange surroundings after being out of action for some time and has to catch up with what Riddler is doing. He and Gordon, with an assist from Lucius Fox (making his first appearance in the Batman's new history), must find Riddler and restore power to Gotham before time runs out.

The final part of the story has a nice coda, as Alfred imagines what life would be like for Bruce Wayne were he to stop being Batman. It is a quiet tale, mixing hope and melancholy, and works as a brief pause in Batman's constant battle with darkness.

Synder is cementing himself as one of the legendary Batman writers, and Dark City is just further proof of his talent. This was a great book, entertaining and suspenseful. It also serves nicely to fill in gaps from Bruce Wayne's early time as Batman. The characters of Riddler, Lt. Gordon, and Lucius Fox are fleshed out even more, helping to establish them as vital parts of the book. In fact, I really liked Snyder's take on Riddler, who is too often played as a joke.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Slim Cat on November 15, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This collection contains issues 25-27, 29-33.

Wow. This really is an amazing origin story of Batman, along with Batman Volume 4 Secret City. It does not need comparison to the amazing Year One as that was the origin story of post crisis Batman and this Zero Year epic is the origin of the New 52.

I kind of wish DC had collected the previous four issues and these eight together to make one big Zero Year collection but that is ok, the Secret City section does have a slightly different feel and is a build up to Bruce becoming Batman and the Red Hood becoming the Joker. Here in the four issue a piece entries, Dark City and Savage City, the Riddler is largely Batman's main antagonist as at the end of the previous volume he cuts the power to Gotham to put a heinous scheme in motion.

The four issue Dark City section, which kicks off this collection really has a lot of strong horror elements as Snyder, Capullo, and co. plunge Gotham into darkness, again courtesy of the Riddler, during a superstorm as well, and focus in on reinventing Batman's first reoccurring foe way back in 1939, Dr. Death. Really freaky stuff as Snyder brings his great knack for doing horror in comics like back in his Detective Comics run and Capullo delivers on the illustrations. Dr. Death has some sympathetic qualities and Snyder weaves a clever tie to the villains motives into Bruce's past choices that creates a very engaging story.

Also, in the Dark City section the Batman bonds with Lieutenant Gordon and Wayne Tech master of gadget maker Lucius Fox. Some great new twists to both characters are added and their heroics are put on display in the next and final installment.
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