Batman Vol. 1: I Am Gotham
THE RISE OF GOTHAM Part of the most critically acclaimed, best-selling, all-new line of volume one graphic novels, DC Universe Rebirth! He is Gotham City�s hero, its Dark Knight, its greatest protector. He is Batman. And he is not alone. There are two new heroes in town�a pair of masked metahumans with the powers of Superman and a devotion to preserving all that is good about this twisted city. Calling themselves Gotham and Gotham Girl, they�ve saved Batman�s life, fought by his side and learned from his example. But what happens if Gotham�s new guardians go bad? What if they blame the Dark Knight for the darkness that threatens to drown their city? When sinister forces are unleashed that can warp the minds of men and make heroes into monsters, the time will come for Batman and his allies to decide once and for all: Is Gotham a force for good�or an engine of evil? From the blockbuster DC Universe Rebirth event comes BATMAN VOL. 1: I AM GOTHAM�the beginning of an all-new saga in the life of the Dark Knight from superstars Tom King (GRAYSON) and David Finch (WONDER WOMAN), featuring an all-star cast of creators such as Scott Snyder (BATMAN: THE COURT OF OWLS), Ivan Reis (JUSTICE LEAGUE) and Mikel Jan�n (JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK)! This great starting-point graphic novel collects BATMAN: REBIRTH #1 and BATMAN #1-6.
DC's current Rebirth project aims to relaunch the publisher's well-loved core characters in their most iconic forms. King's (The Omega Men) new Batman is accessible to new readers (or fans of the films) while checking off every item on a longtime fan's wish list. There's a properly brooding but heroic Batman; a looming Gotham City with enough atmosphere to function, as the subtitle hints and the dialogue hammers on repeatedly, as a character itself; crisp, detailed artwork by Finch (Brightest Day); and a mix of classic characters (hey, the Calendar Man!) and newcomers like Gotham and Gotham Girl, two mysterious heroes with Superman-level powers. If anything, the book suffers from being too much by the numbers. Batman's adventures are thrillingly drawn but light on emotional heft, despite some stirring moments. Strong themes run through the first volume, but they're delivered unsubtly, with characters forever opining darkly on the symbolism of it all. It's a good, solidly entertaining Batman comic nothing less, not a touch more.