Batman: Earth One Vol. 2
The Dark Knight Must Answer the Greatest Riddle of All: Who is Batman? Change is coming to Gotham City. Between the death of Mayor Oswald Copplepot and the emergence of "the Batman," a new dawn has begun to shed its light onto the notoriously dark and corrupt city. But even as new Mayor Jessica Dent and her twin brother District Attorney Harvey Dent join in the Dark Knight and Detective Jim Gordon's crusade against Gotham's criminal element, a new threat rises-one that enjoys playing a simple game of riddles. Answer wrong: you die. Answer correctly, and... The second installment in the #1 NEW YORK TIMES best-selling series BATMAN: EARTH ONE reteams writer Geoff Johns with artist Gary Frank and introduces readers to a bevy of Batman's most infamous foes-but with unexpected twists and turns that build an all-new, incredible mythology for one of the fictional world's most popular characters.
For someone known for using intertwining continuity on books such as Green Lantern, Superman and the Justice League, writer Johns feels right in his element creating a new Batman and Gotham City from scratch. This graphic novel finds a lot of success in turning old stories into something that plays well in the modern day. The updates from Bruce Wayne's lack of detective skills to the transformation of Alfred into a former soldier make perfect sense and serve the story well. The adaption of classic Batman villain The Riddler into a cunning serial killer is particularly well played, grounding a character who tends to veer on the comedic side. Gotham under the pen of Johns is ugly, and artist Frank draws ugly beautifully, making even the white knight characters feel like they have shades of gray. The only significant flaw lies with the developments of the Dent family, which feels forced into the narrative. Together, though, Johns and Frank are able to revitalize a concept that nobody knew needed to be revitalized, breathing new life into a 75 year-old pop culture icon.