Batman Earth One Volume Two
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: Gary Frank
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: May 6, 2015
Cover Price: $22.99
"The Riddler has arrived in Gotham and he's terrorizing the city with his own twisted brand of anarchy. But why is he attacking now, and what is his endgame? The Riddler isn't Batman's only problem, as Killer Croc is on the streets and his violent crimes can't be ignored. Meanwhile, the Dark Knight has trouble reconciling the increasingly conflicting ideologies of Alfred Pennyworth and James Gordon in this gripping re-imagining of the Batman mythology."
This sequel follows on six months after Batman's face off against the corrupt Mayor Cobblepot and his serial killer for hire 'Birthday Boy'. After Cobblepots defeat Gotham is starting to gain hope and optimism again under the new leadership of Mayor Jessica Dent. Along with brother D.A Harvey Dent they are busy capturing criminals and rooting out all the corrupt officials.
Whilst this has been happening Batman hasn't been quiet. For one he has been earning himself a fearsome reputation among the criminal organizations and is starting to look like a real professional crime fighter at last. Though it is not all good news for the vigilante, rumours of a half man, half crocodile killer in the sewers are being reported, along with a killer who enjoys setting his victims a riddle before killing them.
My Thoughts and Feelings
Once again the story is made by the artwork which is detailed and very modern looking. The story itself lacks space to really help it grow. I feel if given twice the page space the tale would have been so much better. Just like the first one it's all about character progression. We see Bruce becoming a symbol of hope and gaining skills needed to survive in Gotham. Alfred slowly starts to warm up to Bruce's way and attitude of fighting crime. Bullock's battle with depression and his descent into alcoholism (saddest part of this comic). Detective Gordon going from a coward to a hero, fighting crime and corruption. And finally the Dent's and the birth of two face.
Finally like volume one the story ends with a hint to the next arc and it's safe to say it's all about Catwomen and I would brave a guess at Two Face. Now just to wait until it's released at some point this year or next. (If you know the release day please drop me a message).
Now for the score. For me the artwork really saved this comic as the story was sadly rushed and missed the mark for me, so I can only give it an average 3 bats of 5.
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