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Batman (2011-2016) Vol. 4: Zero Year- Secret City (Batman Graphic Novel) by [Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo]

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Praise for Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's BATMAN:

"This is a book you need to read. Whether you're a fan of comics or not."
—Huffington Post

"One of the best Batman runs in the history of the character."
IGN

"A+. The hero's got personality (and is unafraid to release a quip as sharp as a Batarang), a horde of supervillains, gumption to spare and a whole host of high-tech gadgetry to suitably impress longtime fans and those new to the Dark Knight."
USA Today

"Brilliant. This is a modernization of Silver Age optimism replacing camp with today's dialogue expectations of introspection and smart wit. Pure comic gold."
Ain't it Cool News --This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Scott Snyder is one of comics' best young writers. His current works include Batman, Batman: Eternal 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. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00IUSN4PW
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ DC (May 13, 2014)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ May 13, 2014
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 515000 KB
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 174 pages
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just another origins story!
By BOBdotEXE on May 20, 2014
So first off, I did have some issues with this book,
But as they are all subjective arguments, that did not decrease my overall enjoyment of the story,
I will keep it with a 5/5 instead of the 4/5 I was originally planning on giving it.
(****Quick sidenote, this dose NOT include 'batman #0'or 'batman annual #2' ***)

Overall I really like this retelling of batman for the new 52, the writing is far better then the mess that was 'batman: earth one'.
Scott Snyder takes his dynamic writing, and fresh originally to highs not seen in most batman origin tales.
And it's a much lighter toned story then the other, and a nice relief from the extreme darkness of the 'Death of the family' arch .

--The Good:--

-We get to see the story start out with some of Bruce Wayne's Pre-batman exploits, I'm not going to post any spoilers, but from the first few pages, you see a angry, arrogant, slightly childish Bruce take on a gang and save people.
And through the story, you see the character change into the man that serves as host for batman (in a sense.)

-The story dose a good job of showing the different stages of the process, in large contrast to the binary system we see in other hero, (and even some bataman) origin stories, were they go from just average joe, to self sacrificing hero in the matter of a few panels.

-Overall the artwork is very good, great color contrast, and good lighting,
character faces are very expressive, and you can almost read their minds buy just looking at their faces in some panels

-The action is in good moderation,
it dose not feel like one of those, "sit back and watch batman beat people up stories"
the fights have propose to the story, and are shown very well.

-Very engaging story,
once you start reading, you will constantly be wanting to know what happens next.

--The Bad--

-The pacing,
if you've read any of my other Scott Snyder batman reviews, you'll know this is an issue for me,
The way this book, is set up, and the way the issues are arranged, is much better then some of his other works.
but, after a pretty big event in the story, you see you have quite a few pages left, and expect some sort of clarification,
but instead you get flashbacks, and the rest of that even will be continued later.
As someone who reads the Volumes (collected works) instead of the issues, that means I'll have to wait 5 months for a conclusion to a story that instead of just cutting off at the Major event, just kinda put it on the back-burner for some back story.
(in my opinion) it would have been better to move the flashbacks from the end of the book, closer to the beginning,
as they would flow better with the Bruce to batman conversion.

-Some of the dialog
Again, very subjective, but I felt some of the dialog did not fit the characters, and situations, even Scott Snyder's interpretation of them. they have a few references to other batman material, even one to the 60's tv show, that I feel really dose not fit with the situation it's shown in.
Some other dialog is thrown in for dramatic effect, that seems a little to thought out to be something said in a quick moment,
and other line kinda feel a bit cheesy.

-There were a few other minor idea's and parts I did really feel worked, or fit with the story,
very minor things I can't really discuss without spoiling, but they were few and far between,
and did not affect my over all enjoyment, but when you read them, you'll be like..."um...alright.. moving on.."

--Conclusion--

I over all really enjoyed this story,
the minor complaints were really minor, and for the first time, I may actually pick up the issues of 'new 52 Batman' so I can find out the outcome without having to wait for volume #5!

It's a fresh new look on the origins of batman, and Scott Snyder seems fully aware that people have become tired of the constant retelling of batman's origins, and so he crafts a new kind of story, something that set's it's self apart from the 'batman begins' the 'year ones' and the 'earth ones' he makes a 'Bruce Wayne begins' story, the transformation of the Man and the Myth.
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Eoin O' Reilly
4.0 out of 5 stars An unnecessary but surprisingly relevant origin story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Was a bit worried from other reviews but this is great!
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