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Batman Annual #1 Review

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  • Title: Batman Annual #1
  • Writer: Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV
  • Artist: Jason Fabok
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Price: $4.99
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Batman Annual #1 Review

Tangibly related to the Court of Owls

By Tim Janson     June 02, 2012

 While reviews have been mixed on DC’s New 52…and when you’re relaunching your entire line it only stands to reason that not all of the titles are going to be well received…the one title that has seemed to garner universal acclaim has been Batman with its “Court of Owls” storyline.  Resisting the need for a reboot, The Court of Owls storyline has never the less added a potential new twist to the death of Bruce Wayne’s parents and his entire motivation for becoming Batman.

Batman Annual is tangibly related to the Court of Owls/Night of the Owls storyline but is a side story featuring a far older Batman villain, Mr. Freeze.  Freeze had been targeted by The Court of Owls and it was his formula that was used to revive the Talons, the Court’s assassins.  Freeze has again escaped Arkham Asylum and is wants to recover the body of his cryogenically frozen wife and leave Gotham City once and for all.  He plans to infiltrate Wayne Manor and kill Bruce Wayne.  Freeze’s obsession with resurrecting his wife has been a running theme throughout the history of the character.  But you can forget all that…

In keeping with the theme of the New 52, Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV have created a new origin for Mr. Freeze, making him a far more tragic and mentally fragile character, but possibly even more obsessive.  I’m usually not one for wholesale changes to a character’s origin, but Snyder and Tynion come up with a believable and quite creepy origin for Freeze while maintaining the spirit of the character.  I think you’ll agree that this makes him a more interesting, and more deadly character than ever before.

If it’s possible for artwork to “feel” cold then Jason Fabok has accomplished the feat.  He, along with colorist Peter Steigerwald (and yeah…I just gave props to the colorist!) convey a sense of cold and ice that you can practically feel radiating off the pages.  The great part of Batman Annual #1 is that while it does have a tie-in to the regular series, it works well as a standalone story if you haven’t been reading Batman.


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Clownican 6/3/2012 1:10:51 AM

What are these "Annuals"? I'm confused by these and the "Ame-Comi" Wonder Woman book. I just a casual reader so I have no idea what they are.

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 6/3/2012 10:13:49 AM

They are just bigger comic versions of the series that come out once a year. Usually they are standalone but sometimes they are connected to the series at hand.

hanso 6/3/2012 12:39:15 PM

 So this won't be collected in any trade?  Should I buy it for $5 through the DC app?  If I wait will it be cheaper?  Is this a stand alone issue?  Why do I ask so many questions?

InnerSanctum 6/3/2012 1:20:04 PM

Sounds interesting.  I think I'll catch it when it is collected in the blessed trade format.  Everything is collected in trade.  Sometimes released in hardback first to cash in and then eventually finds its way to paperback...and then Amazon where the used books go for a couple of dollars.  I don't think I've graced the doors of a comic book store in years.  But, it would be interesting to hear this great "gay" debate being held live between homophobic nerds.  

Now, when are they going to have the issue where Robin accusess Batman of touching him in his special place?  



CyanideRush 6/3/2012 1:48:02 PM

I found this issue interesting and cool but I wish it tied into the Court of Owls story line more directly.

domino2008 6/17/2012 1:46:02 AM

this issue IS  tied to the " Court  of Owls ", storyline  . Mr Freeze is  stands as a key figure in the process that the Owls are regrenerating their bodies with "cold " . Question why , presont a new backstory to Mr freeze an entire issue to it when theres only 2 issues left ? Still a good story , but they should had made this special issue with more pages .



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