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Not terrible enough to hate, but also not worth purchasing.
on October 26, 2013
The best part about this book was the cover. You and me can both acknowledge that it strikes you as interesting and memorable, but everything inside is assuredly forgettable. The art is simple and somewhat acceptable, it reminds you a bit of the 40's or 50's. The colors are the same, highlights are everywhere, which is not how gotham should look, even in a theocracy. Shadows are green, yellow, brown, or blue. Overall it fails to impress visually and unfortunately also in its portrayal of Wayne's journey to becoming batman. This is probably due to its short length of 40 something pages. But the fact that he doesn't plan to rid the city of the criminal element immediately after his parent's deaths also lower the quality of this work. It feels as if he had already gotten past the anger and frustrations, or had not developed any in the first place. Without his obsessions, he has no motivation for reaching the peak of human ability. He is not a detective or a creature of the night. He is not a business man so where would his gadgets come from? Even after all that, his mission to discover who ordered his parent's deaths end up being an exercise in futility with him already knowing what he had to do in the first place.. The short length also makes me feel like no one had any faith in this book in the first place. If the did, they would have allowed for a longer story. My advice is to read the Wikipedia summary, I guarantee that it is more exciting than this book!