Since my PC broke I’ve been reading more than I usually do and I thought it would be a good idea to introduce books to my blog. Here’s my first book review and what better character to do one on than Batman!
I love Geoff Johns. I think he’s a great writer. I loved his work with Green Lantern, I’m currently enjoying his take on Aquaman, and I really like the direction he took with Batman. I think this might be my least favorite book I’ve read from him, but that’s not a knock against this book. I still really enjoyed it. I liked how different this origin story is compared to other Batman books that I’ve read. For starters, Alfred is a total badass here. Yes, he’s still Batman’s butler, but he’s more rough looking and grumpy than I’ve ever seen him in portrayed. He’s not afraid to kill people and he taught Bruce everything he knows about fighting, but since Bruce is so young here he obviously makes a of mistakes.
Batman gets his ass handed to him in just about every fight. I’m not used to seeing Batman get his ass whooped. I mean… I know he has gotten his ass whooped plenty of times in the past, but it was just odd for me to see how inexperienced he was in this story. Most people that I know thought Bruce was a big douche in this book. I look at it as him being hurt by the death of his parents and he’s clouded by vengeance. There is a nice heartfelt moment near the end of the book between him and Alfred and I thought he was very relatable here. I expected a young Bruce Wayne to be somewhat immature and reckless and he was here. I really enjoyed getting to know him and I loved him here. I loved Alfred, and I even though I thought Penguin could have been fleshed out more as a character and a villain I really enjoyed him too. And I REALLY enjoyed how it ended because I never expected it to the end the way it did. That came out of nowhere and my jaw dropped.
Gary Frank did the pencils here and I’ll admit that I’m not very familiar with his work, but man he did a great job here. I know he’s done some work with Marvel’s Hulk. And he did Bird’s of Prey and Supergirl, but I’ve never read a single of those book and it’s been forever since I was into Hulk. This book has made me want to go back and read some of the stuff I missed out on. Right now I’m focused on whatever is free on Comixology’s unlimited plan. I’m basically playing catch up with the New 52 and Rebirth series. I’m mostly focused on Aqua Man, but once I started reading this story to my son I was hooked. I had to know what happened next and I finished it in an hour. I immediately jotted down some quick thoughts in my notebook and started writing about it today.
If I had to choose a favorite character it would be Alfred. He was initially hired to run security by Thomas Wayne for his mayoral campaign, but he never got the chance because we all know what happens to Bruce’s parents by now. And if you don’t well… they die. Alfred was shocked by their deaths and blindsided by the fact that he was written in their will to raise their son. He didn’t want to raise Bruce. He didn’t know how to raise Bruce, but he did it anyway. I LOVE this version of Alfred and I loved the tough love approach he had with Bruce. He insulted him, kicked his ass, and is always there for him when he needs him. That’s a good butler right there!
This is my very first time critiquing a book here so I don't want it to be really long like my game reviews are. I really enjoyed Batman: Earth One Vol 1 and I can't wait to read Vol 2. I have to buy that one and I have no problem with that. I read this on my Fire 10 in one sitting. Once I started I couldn't stop. I was completely absorbed in this book until I finished it and after I was done instead of moving on to something else I just kept thinking about certain scenes that took place in this story. I kept thinking about what would happen next and that's when I knew I had to buy the second book and continue reading this story. So... maybe this isn't Geoff Johns best work, but, honestly, it's up there with them in my opinion.