Any person who knows and understands the character of Batman can tell you that he has always claimed Gotham City as his responsibility. The very nature of the city itself has been at the crux in his mission for justice. It is this understanding which makes writer Scott Snyder’s run on Batman one of the most provocative and talked about runs in the history of the character.
With the aid of his talented collaborator, artist Greg Capullo, Snyder has crafted a dark, personal tale of secrets and revelations that undoubtedly has and will continue to impact the legacy of Batman and his associates. With the Court of Owls having a strong claim to ownership of the city and having steered its evolution from the beginning of its history, the very nature of their insidious existence makes for a great psychological foil to Batman’s existence.
Snyder excels as a world-builder. His skill for playing with established myths and forming something fluid and malleable enough to fill in the small areas that have yet to be explored in Batman and Gotham City lore is a wonder to behold.
And as far as the visual narrative is concerned, Capullo meticulously and dynamically lays out the page. He demonstrates his understanding of the sense of motion. His panels never feel static when they shouldn’t, and for this reason he is truly a talented sequential artist.
It is interesting to note that Batman #7 (Snyder w/ Capullo) and Nightwing #7 (written by Kyle Higgins with art by Eddy Barrows & Geraldo Borges) both share and feature a great scene between the two title characters from their respective point of views. The individual trials and tribulations of Batman and Nightwing have intersected in a fascinating way.
All creators involved on both books deserve credit for a poignant scene which reveals that Dick Grayson was to become a Talon. This altercation is very telling and reflects the past, present and future of Batman and Nightwing as mentor and mentee, partners, friends and most importantly, family.
The emotionally charged confrontation is one that shows that Dick Grayson’s time as Robin and his stint as Batman himself has allowed him to know Bruce as well, or if not better than anyone else. Secrets and revelations abound, these two issues make way for Batman #8 and Nightwing #8 which will serve as special preludes to the first major crossover of the New 52, Batman: Night of Owls.