Batman fared better than most of DC’s characters in the New 52, and this “Rebirth” one-shot seems to be continuing that status quo. As someone who stopped reading the New 52 series midway through, I felt a little out of the loop (who’s that young man who already knows Bruce is Batman?).
But I consider the book a success. It had one job to do: get me interested in the relaunched Batman titles. Thanks to Batman acting in character, a potentially interesting new take on old villain Calendar Man, and overall strong execution with the writing and art, I’m wondering if it’s time to get back into Batman’s monthly adventures.
So this “Rebirth” isn’t much of a reboot—but why fix Batman if he isn’t broken? With this issue, I remain optimistic that DC is getting back on track.
Good work, team!
Writer: Scott Snyder and Tom King
Artist: Mikel Janin
Publisher: DC Comics
How to Read It: new issue; Comixology
Appropriate For: ages 12 and up