Comic Review: Batman Universe #1 (DC Comics)

Batman Universe, collecting two Walmart sized chapters from their previously published 100 page Giants, is available in comic shops this week! Issue #1, with parts 1 and 2 of the […]

Batman Universe, collecting two Walmart sized chapters from their previously published 100 page Giants, is available in comic shops this week!

Issue #1, with parts 1 and 2 of the story, is written by Brian Michael Bendis, with Nick Derington on artwork and Dave Stewart on colour.

It’s Batman against the Riddler. The Riddler has conducted a heist, employing lots and lots of lookalike Riddlers, with the hopes of creating mass confusion. Which it has. But that’s not all that’s going on here; there are links to other DC characters too. Batman has to hit the road, looking to solve the mystery of a missing object.

It’s a delightful adventure, frankly. Batman is seen in daylight from time to time and is not in a brain fog, trapped in a dream. So we can all breathe a sigh of relief: “hey, something new”! The script is clever, the situations amusing and challenging. It’s a throwback, perhaps to another era, or at least another style of Batman story. The artwork is clear, well crafted and obeys all the yield, no passing and speed limit signs. The reader can navigate without their internal GPS, just by proceeding from panel to panel. Yes!!

It’s all good, and it’s great to see this book now available to us international comic readers who did not have access to the US Walmart Giant issues.

DC, Batman Universe #1, $4.99 for 25 pages of content. Rated Teen

Alan Spinney

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After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!