Batman : Zero Year - Secret City Volume 4 Hardback
by Scott Snyder
Part of the The New 52 series
In this first volume of the critically acclaimed ZERO YEAR storyline, the #1 New York Times bestselling creative team of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo present an astonishing new vision of the Dark Knight's origin-and his first encounters with the Riddler, the Red Hood, and others! Before the era of superheroes began-before the Batman spread his wings to protect the innocent and punish evil-Gotham City's prodigal son, Bruce Wayne, had been missing for years.
But this was exactly the cover of darkness Bruce needed.
Patrolling Gotham's streets, in a series of disguises, he began a career as faceless vigilante.
Collects BATMAN issues #21-#24.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 176 pages, chiefly Illustrations (colour)
- Publisher: DC Comics
- Publication Date: 20/05/2014
- Category: Superheroes
- ISBN: 9781401245085
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Review by DanieXJ
So. Batman’s origin story. Again. I have to say, I was a bit worried about how it would turn out since while I’ve seen some very interesting and good Batman origin stories, there have also been some that just wound up a bit lame and campy. This one seemed to be serious, but not too serious.We get to start at the very beginning with the Red Hood Gang terrorizing Gotham City six years before the current time in the comics, and Bruce Wayne not yet Batman, just a faceless, nameless vigilante. Also, Bruce Wayne starts out dead. Then sorta comes back alive, then sorta dies again. It was a sort of twisty-turney story, but, I think it helped that I have read the origin of Batman so many times in the past. Although, I’m not sure if here and there first time ever readers of the Batman Origin would be quite as quick to pick up some of the story.We get introduced to Uncle Philip Kane, brother of Martha Kane Wayne. We also get a slightly different take on the start of Edward Nygma. It almost felt like the Edward Nygma origin story from Batman Forever (not my favorite Batman movie or portrayal of a Batman villain in a movie). Gordon even makes an appearance. Finally at the end we get a signal to where the story is going next too, the Riddler makes his first appearance in Gotham.As I said, it was a pretty good TPB. And I overall I liked what they did with the Origin story this time around (although, I’m not sold on the haircut that Alfred gives him). A solid 3 star TPB.I got this advanced galley through Netgalley on behalf of DC Entertainment.