For months now, fans have wondered, speculated, argued and pondered what DC Comics had up their sleeves as the next big BATMAN event following the acclaimed “Death of the Family” would be. Well today, the wait is over. Next up….Batman: Zero Year.
ABOVE: Artist Greg Capullo’s cover for Batman #21 – Image courtesy of DC Entertainment
BATMAN: ZERO YEAR is an epic and grand 11-issue arc that chronicles the untold details of the Dark Knight’s origin story within DC COMICS-THE NEW 52. Snyder, who has been working on the Caped Crusader since the 2011 relaunch says that some key elements will remain, thus leaving the door open to changes throughout the well known origin of one of comics most iconic characters.
Scott Snyder explains, “It’s not ‘let’s redo the origin.’ It’s time for a new story showing how Batman became who he is in the New 52.We tried to preserve as much of Batman’s history as we could and keep what we could of this history intact. It’s ‘The Zero Year,’ the one that no one has told the story of before. We see how Bruce became the Batman, built the cave, faced off with his first super villain … It’s time for a new story showing how Batman became who he is in The New 52. It builds up the mythology.”
“We’re not going to take apart ‘Year One,’” Snyder said, referring to the Frank Miller-David Mazzucchelli four-issue arc that recounted how Wayne began to fight crime after years away.
Instead Snyder, an Eagle Award-winning writer whose other efforts for DC include a brilliant run on “Swamp Thing” as well as his own series, “American Vampire,” said the “Zero Year” story will give readers new glimpses into the Bob Kane-created character who made his first appearance in the pages of “Detective Comics” No. 27 in May 1939.
Like most fans, I’m all in when Snyder is involved and we won’t have to wait too long to get this show on the road. The new series begins this June and will be illustrated by another favorite of faithful followers of Batman, artist Greg Capullo! (The more I read & write this the BETTER it sounds!) Things kick off in June’s issue of Batman #21.
I don’t know about you but I’m amped! Snyder’s writing is becoming legendary and Capullo’s work compliments his words extremely well. Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.