Comic Review: Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo bid adieu to Gotham in Batman #51

Having the same team stick around for as long as Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have with Batman truly is special in today's day and age. 

While Batman #51 is a nice, feel-good close of the door to this chapter, it's the only fitting exit for Snyder and Capullo. They show us, the reader, what Batman really means to Gotham and what the public believes he thinks of them. 

By doing this in such a delicate manner, this duo has shown the world how much they mean to this character. A lot of people don't even realize that these two came onto the series in the New 52. 

That's awesome, and it shows how important consistency and continuity can mean to a character, his counterpoint, where he lives, but most importantly, the fans. They worked on this iconic character together for close to five years. 

For Batman fans, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo feel like home. 

In issue 51, we see Batman take on a quiet night in Gotham. The city goes dark, and as Batsy says, this sort of thing is never "natural" in Gotham. 

But, you know what? It was just a power outage. This city has grown, it has evolved and it has become better because Batman believed in them and risked his life each and every day based on this belief. 

Not only do we get the public's perception of what Batman means to them but we get it straight from the horse's mouth: 

It's this type of anxiety-induced paranoia that makes this version of Batman so unique and special. 

It's this type of anxiety-induced paranoia that makes this version of Batman so unique and special. 

Some of these panels grabbed me right by the groin, squeezed 

Some of these panels grabbed me right by the groin, squeezed 

It's an emotional issue for a couple of reasons. 

  • An amazing creative team is moving on
  • Even when the city is quiet, Batman will never stop watching 
  • People -- even the people of Gotham -- can evolve for the better 
  • We see Batman encounter a former adversary, who is now a college student and writer at the local paper  

This book is the perfect goodbye to a hell of a Batman run.

Rating: 9.5/10 Snyder and Capullo hit us right in the feels with good, old-fashioned story-telling to end their near five-year run on the series.