All-Star Batman #5 (DC Comics)
The finale of the opening storyline of Scott Snyder and John Romita Jr’s All-Star Batman comes roaring into shops today, and it’s one hell of a wild ride. Chock to the brim with gripping action, fantastic reveals, and Snyder’s penchant for great, fresh takes on classic Batman villains, All-Star Batman #5 is well worth the price of admission.
One of the strongest aspects of All-Star Batman #5 is, you guessed it, Scott Snyder’s script. His new take on Two-Face is phenomenal, and really helps give another tragic angle to the character. Too often the character is used just for his gimmick of being a split personality, but here Snyder depicts Harvey Dent’s condition as more of a mental illness than a gimmick. It’s an incredible take on the character that adds volumes to his relationship with the Batman. Not only that, but Snyder makes for some truly fun and action packed moments in this issue, especially when it comes to the underrated KGBeast.
All-Star Batman has done wonders to remind me that John Romita Jr was once a great artist. While I’ve made fun of his recent output in the past, in every issue of this series he brought his A game. However, this issue stands out as the best. There’s a fantastic sense of kinetic energy to Romita’s pencils, and he keeps Snyder’s script moving at a frantic pace. Romita’s action scenes are truly something to see in this issue.
While All-Star Batman #5 does move a little TOO quickly at times, there’s still plenty to like here. Snyder took some pretty big risks with this storyline, and they all pay off, even though some of the resolutions are a little too convenient. However, he’s proven that once again, he has a deep understanding of the Batman and his enemies, and has solidified his status as one of the best creators to work on the character. Next up he’ll be teaming up with Jock to tackle Mr. Freeze, and I cannot wait to see what he has in store for us.