Justin Sorbara-Hosker's Reviews > Batman: Earth One, Volume 1

Batman by Geoff Johns
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Jul 23, 2012

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Pretty good. Kind of a reinvention I've always wanted to see - in the vein of Miller's Year One (my personal favourite Bats story), where it's a man in the process of reinventing himself. This is nowhere near as good, but interesting nonetheless. Unlike Miller's Batman, this one needs a lot more time to figure out what he's doing, and how to stay alive doing it.

There's no Batcave, not even a Batmobile; Bats drives a black sedan - and that kind of says it all. He's a dork in a costume who has gadgets that don't work, completely unprepared for what he is undertaking. He's obsessed, entitled, angry, and unrealistic. He bites off more than he can chew and screws up often, which inevitably results in pain, either accidental or through a beating. Alfred is a guardian/trainer (& kind of a badass old man), not a butler. Gordon is just keeping his head down, not fighting the good fight (his transformation from follower to Dirty Harry is a little unbelievable, but that's a small complaint).

It doesn't take long before all of them are in over their heads, meet up, & complete their own transformations, fighting a villain who's a pretty good interpretation in terms of what others have done with him ... & looking forward to the next one (villain revealed in last panel). I'll avoid spoilers. Great package, if a little expensive in terms of entertainment ROI (you'll polish it off in an hour). Worth your time.

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