Batman #15


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Batman #15


  • Words: Scott Snyder
  • Art: Greg Capullo
  • Inks: Jonathan Glapion
  • Colors: FCO Plascencia
  • Story Title: Death of the Family: But Here's the Kicker
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Price: $3.99
  • Release Date: Dec 13, 2012

Driven beyond ordinary madness, the all-new Joker lays out his plan to trap the Batman.

A teeth-tangled Batman, having been threatened by the Joker that this “Masked” Prince of Crime knows his true identity, attempts to stop his arch-rival, but the villain is two steps ahead of the Dark Knight and makes an escape to continue plotting the Bat-Family’s demise. Back at the Batcave, Nightwing, Red Robin, Red Hood, Robin, and Batgirl, who demand the truth behind what the Joker had said, confront Bruce. Shortly after, Batman resolves to take down the Joker before he can take down his family, and he quickly finds himself marching into a hauntingly familiar house to challenge an enemy who’s grown far too unfamiliar for any of us to imagine what might happen next.

Batman #15 marks a milestone in not only the Dark Knight’s long-standing career as one of the greatest superheroes of all time, but in writer Scott Snyder’s run on Batman as well. The first page of “But Here’s the Kicker” starts off with a terrifying image of the Joker by the inimitable Greg Capullo, shadowed ever so slightly to keep the fear factor at a maximum, and evocative narration by Snyder, which draws our attention to the Joker’s pinhole eyes, delving into the six eye movements that reveal motive: “[The Joker’s] pupils stay fixed, tiny points of blackness…a bullet coming at you. Eyes that say he’s more than a man, eyes that say he knows you.” In context, this is absolutely beautiful writing made more so once Snyder concludes this issue with the most harrowing deduction ever, compressed into a simple word no one would ever associate with an embodiment of evil like the Joker. But it’s a word so off-color that if all the other amazing aspects of Snyder and Capullo’s Bat-run don’t keep us coming back for more excitement next month, this most certainly will.

There’s a second story, “Red Light, Green Light,” written by Scott Snyder & James Tynion IV and drawn by Jock, which once more adds to the overall story of “Death of the Family,” this time co-starring the Riddler and digging deeper into the Joker’s master plan without giving too much away.

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  • Reedbeebe

    Reedbeebe Dec 17, 2012 at 11:08am

    A good review of the latest issue!
    I really love Snyder's BATMAN - don't you?

  • Trigonis

    Trigonis Dec 17, 2012 at 11:31pm

    Thanks so much for reading my review. And yes, there's nothing quite like Snyder's run on Batman! Makes me look very forward to what he'll be able to accomplish with Supes.

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