Sunday, June 8, 2014

[New 52] Batman by Scott Snyder issue #0

I read this before I started reading Zero Year which started on issue #21. Surprisingly enough, this was the set-up to that particular arc where Bruce Wayne has yet to discover the symbol for his vigilante crusade, and the Red Hood gang has been running amok in Gotham City for quite some time. I think this should be read as a supplemental issue right after you finish Death of the Family arc (issues #13-17).

However, what caught my attention was the short story at the end, co-written by no other than James Tynion IV (whom I have been familiar with here in Synder's run, and Detective Comics issue #19). I have mentioned before that I have enjoyed his pieces so far (Ghost Lights, People in the Dark, etc.) and this one entitled Tomorrow is yet another delightful flash fiction. It's sort of a meta commentary on the Batman mythos where Jim Gordon is standing on the rooftop with the bat signal on, and his daughter Barbara was asking him why night after night he religiously turns that on.

Meanwhile, we see Tim Drake (soon-to-be second Robin and now Red Robin of Teen Titans) exposing his principal's corruption using his savvy computer skills; Jason Todd (soon-to-be third Robin and now Red Hood) robbing a store with a friend who killed someone and so he had to reprimand him; and Dick Grayson (soon-to-be first Robin and now Nightwing) promoting his family circus act, The Flying Graysons. While they're doing their own respective things, the bat signal lights up in the sky and they all look up from where they are (all equally mesmerized), not knowing yet that one day they will each cross paths with Batman and with each other.

Back at the rooftop, Jim Gordon explains to his daughter that, "anyone who actually stands for what's right in this wicked town...they need all the belief they can get" which is another reason why he keeps that light on every night, not just as a way to communicate with Batman but more of an indication to Gothamites that their secret fantasy for a better tomorrow isn't just that. It's alive and thriving.

Jim walks out and ask his daughter to come down with him but Barbara chose to linger for a while, looking at the symbol of hope across the dark sky--also not knowing then that one day she will become Batgirl herself and fight for a city her father desperately believes in.

It was a sublime and very touching short piece. I just like any story that focuses on the dynamics of the members of the Bat-family and what being a crime fighter personally means to them.


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