All-Star Batman might win me over yet

As we continue becoming a Batman news site on accident, I guess the confession is I wasn’t t all that excited for All-Star Batman. This may surprise you, but you may remember that the last time I read an All-Star Batman book he was banging Black Canary on a pier.

Yeah, I still haven't forgotten about this.
Yeah, I still haven’t forgotten about this.

Still, I gave it a shot. I didn’t hate All-Star Batman #1. I think I enjoyed it, despite some minor issues. I wasn’t sure how I felt on the second page when Batman smiles and winks at patrons of a restaurant. And while Batman brandishing a chainsaw is a cool shot, it’s a little ridiculous. But All-Star has enough weird and interesting, such as Batman and Two-Face on a nightmarish road trip adventure, to hold my interest.

(Full disclosure: I was lucky enough to get a press copy after my pieces on Tim Drake’s current depiction and Tom King’s Batman run went live.)

Cover art to 'All-Star Batman' #2
Cover art to ‘All-Star Batman’ #2

So I went into All-Star #2 trying to keep an open mind. I’ve made it no secret that I don’t want to talk about bad comics on this website (though that doesn’t mean every comic I don’t talk about is bad!). The fact that I’m even writing this tells you I don’t think it’s a bad issue. I feel it’s an improvement over the first issue, and it feels more in line with what I have come to expect from Scott Snyder. All-Star #2 builds more mystery and intrigue as Batman’s closest friends seemingly betray him, be it to save their own skin or for a quick buck. We learn more of the relationship between Batman and Two-Face. And there’s at least one surprising 90s throwback character that turns up.

It’s the small character moments I think I enjoy the most. Villains trying to hire a bigger villain. Allies having to betray one another. The brief glimpses of Batman’s endless resolve in the face of overwhelming odds. And I think that’s why I wasn’t sold on All Star #1., which was largely a 38 page action set piece. As a result, character moments were vague and mysterious to build for the eventual big reveal that’ll come in a few issues or so. But there’s more character interaction in the second issue. More discussion between Batman and Two-Face. More allusions to what is actually happening between the two. More blurred alliances. And as a result this issue just feels more fleshed out to me the first one.

JRJr variant cover for "All-Star Batman" #2
JRJr variant cover for ‘All-Star Batman’ #2

I also have to admit that between these two issues, I find myself enjoying John Romita Jr more than I usual. My comments on his Marvel work were that outside of Spider-Man, his work came across as blocky to me, like everyone built of bricks. And it still has that sense here, but much like his Spider-Man, it feels like it works here.

So, yes. I enjoyed All-Star Batman #2. I still don’t think it’s my favorite Batman title, but I feel like I’m going to enjoy this book more as it goes on. Still, it’s a great time for Batman fans. DC is still putting out high-quality books in their Batman line. If you weren’t keeping up before, this is the time to start.

About Christopher Baggett

Christopher Baggett has owned and operated The HomeWorld independently since 2009 after spinning it off from his previous concept, ‘The Anime Homeworld’. In addition to journalistic endeavors, he is an aspiring novelist. Arizona born military brat Christopher currently resides in the Georgia area.

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