Someday Productions LLC and Pillow Talking are pleased to present the following review BATMAN REBIRTH #1 by Guest Blogger Brendan Hughes
by Brendan Hughes
As you may know with the recent Batman series, there isn’t too much that changes from one to the other. But how close is this series to the last one? Well, Snyder has come in to co-write the first issue which is a great start.
This comic mostly revolves around Calendar Man – don’t worry he’s better than he was before, albeit only slightly. Calendar Man now grows and dies with the seasons, forming a cycle; and after each reincarnation, where he rises from his own dead carcass like a phoenix, he retains previous knowledge of his former life. He resembles the villain Mr. Bloom in a sense, especially when he is using deadly spores on Gotham. The other part of this story is that Duke Thomas takes the role of Batman’s assistant – who isn’t Robin. Batman is “trying something new.” What this all will come to mean will be revealed later in the new Batman series. So far, all Thomas has done is train and be a timekeeper for Batman.
The art in this issue is one of the better, if not the best stylings from all of the Rebirth one-shots and this is credited to Janin. He was able to pull off the dark vibes for King and Snyder’s storyline and much more. The beginning two-page spread with the panels in the shape of the logo was a nice touch.
Overall it is a decent start to a new Batman series that would appear to be taking a turn toward the darker side. It could have used a better villain, but a new take on a formerly boring side enemy is always welcome. This will be Snyder’s last run in the comic realm due to his taking a crack at fixing the DCEU and he definitely made his presence known in his last go around. Another interesting take away is wondering what role Duke will fill, which is something that probably will be resolved in Batman #1 dropping 6/15.
Brendan Hughes is what you might call a professional nerd of sorts, a connoisseur of comic books ranging from the “Big 3” (Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse) to the more indie side of things. By night he is the co-host of East Meets West, Flame Hawk, a radio/podcast which breaks down the latest news of the Nerd and Otaku universe.
The comic spider first bit Brendan at the young age of five, establishing his love of comic lore and the comic realm. This love led him to become a part of the comic community and to doing comic reviews and news through East Meets West. Catch more of Brendan aka Flame Hawk when he’s not reviewing for Pillow Talking blog by visiting @MeetsWest on Twitter and on YouTube http://bit.ly/1pLxumG.