Let's take a moment and applaud this series -- from the New 52 -- for making it to 52 issues. Not much more needs to be said, this series is quite possible the most critically acclaimed, well-rounded, most consistent pieces of work of the 21st Century.
Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo and DC Comics stuck to this series and put out some important Bruce Wayne and Batman tales.
This, of course, marks the end of this run as Batman: Rebirth #1 is set for a June release. In issue #52, we go on an emotion, coming-of-age tale with Bruce, Alfred and Gotham, itself.
It's about growth, just as issue #51 was about Gotham's growth, #52 was about Bruce's growth following the death of his parents and his 10 years off the grid.
It's a beautifully told story with some striking visuals. This is a must-own for Batman fans. It's one of those rare, non-clichéd, feel good comic book stories. We see Bruce/Bats grow through the years, and while he has come far from those days of mindlessly starring, he has still accomplished a great deal as a person, and not just as Batman.
James Tynion IV wrote this issue while Riley Rossmo took over on art for this standalone Batsy issue. Check out some of these freaking beautiful panels from Rossmo. His lively art is just exactly that; alive.
His ability to play with brightness and contrast matches perfectly with the theme of this issue, which is "how to move on." It fits well, it's been the one thing Batman hasn't been able to fully accomplish -- in moving on -- but this issue is a reminder that he will never stop trying to accomplish a challenge.
Here's an important panel from a young Bruce trying to find his way:
Tom King's debut on Batman: Rebirth #1 drops June 1.
Rating: 8/10 We close the door on the New 52's greatest success with a non-clichéd, feel good comic book story. It's about growth, just as issue #51 was about Gotham's growth, #52 was about Bruce's growth following the death of his parents and his 10 years off the grid. No, it's nothing in terms of story, but it closes this chapter the way it deserved to be closed.
Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #5 of 6:
This book has really sputtered into the finish line, which leaves me cautiously optimistic for its finale next month. The story is worth knowing heading into Rebirth, but it's not the most entertaining Lantern tale.
Maybe it's the absence of Ethan Van Sciver that bored me a little with this one, but there was just something off and it was mildly distracting.
Tom Taylor does a fine job of leading into the finale and telling the story that needs to be told, but it just feels like there is something missing from a story in which the entire universe's existence is on the line.
Taylor's strength lie in his ability to show off the inner-working -- good or bad -- of the Lanterns. When these guys are in the same room together, this book is a good time. When we get away from that and more into the single-character-centric stuff, it sputters a little bit.
Green Lanterns: Rebirth #1 drops June 1. Green Lanterns #1 drops June 15. ALSO, GEOFF JOHNS IS BACK ON GREEN LANTERN STORIES.
Rating: 6/10 Man, when you took Ethan Van Sciver out of a book ... it is really noticeable. That's not meant as a dig, but it's distracting. I'm excited for Rebirth and what it does for DC, but us every week readers are feeling the effects of scrambled creative teams and arc finales.