ByMatthew Chapman, writer at
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Matthew Chapman

Batman - Earth One Volume 1

WRITERS: Geoff Johns. ARTIST: Gary Frank.

In a Gotham City where friend and foe are indistinguishable, Bruce Wayne's path toward becoming the Dark Knight is riddled with more obstacles than ever before. Focused on punishing his parents’ true killers, and the corrupt police that allowed them to go free, Bruce Wayne's thirst for vengeance fuels his mad crusade and no one, not even Alfred, can stop him.

Batman: Earth One.
Batman: Earth One.

My main exposure to Batman has been through the animated series and the movies; I was more of a Marvel boy when it came to comic books.

The only reason I read this was because I had read the Superman: Earth One comic book and loved that so much that I thought I’d give this a go.

This may very well be one of the best comics I have ever read!

The first scene starts off with Batman failing to make a rooftop jump while chasing after a bad guy, something I don’t recall seeing before. In this version of the comics, Bruce being a spoilt, rich brat is pretty much the reason his parents were killed. There is also a big role reversal, from what we’ve seen before, between Gordon and Bullock in this volume.

There are so many differences between what I’ve seen and read to this comic, it’s really refreshing.

The story retools characters like Gordon, Bullock, Penguin and Alfred and also alludes to Batgirl, Man Bat and The Riddler in this story that I’m hoping to see in the future volumes. This is also my first experience to Alfred having a military background and not just a butler.

THE ART! The art in this is phenomenal! If I didn’t love this book, I would have ripped out some of the pages to put on my wall, including a full-page picture of Gordon and Bullock.

Bullock and Gordon.
Bullock and Gordon.

This comic ticks all the boxes and I most definitely something that can be read over and over again, as I already have!


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