Here’s my review for Batman Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 1 by Tom King, David Finch, and Mikel Janin!
The Book Itself
This is a beautiful oversized hardcover with a dust jacket and a sewn binding. This is the perfect comic collecting format as far as I’m concerned. You’ve got a little over a year’s worth of continuity in your hands, with oversized art, and a strong binding. And you can set it proudly on your bookshelf rather than hidden away in a cardboard box. The entire Rebirth Deluxe Edition series is really worth checking out.
This book has two of the best Batman artists I think of all time. David Finch starts the book off. His work is just awesome. Along with Jim Lee this is just definitive Batman. Hardly anyone can challenge him in achieving the perfect manly heroism of Batman.
But, before I say too much about David Finch, the man who really makes a defining mark on this run is Mikel Janin. I did not know about Mikel before I started reading this run on Batman. And thanks to this run, he’s now one of my favorite artists of all time. His is a brooding, pensive Batman. And it meshes perfectly with Tom King’s writing. Every page is gorgeous. The compositions are excellent and superbly display motion and action. Every page is draw-dropping. This is probably the best art in all of DC Universe Rebirth.
This book collects Batman Rebirth #1 and Batman #1-15.
The first story arc, “I am Gotham” gets off with an awesome start. The first issue shows Batman performing some high heroics, attempting to save Gotham from a crashing airplane. We see the depth of Batman’s self-sacrifice as he prepares to give his own life to save those aboard the plane and those in Gotham who would have died in the wreckage.
Subsequent issues of this arc are less enthralling however. The story is about the arrival in Gotham City of two new crimefighters, each with Superman-level powers. This concept could have been interesting but just doesn’t seem to go anywhere.
There is a middle story which crosses over with Detective Comics, called “Night of the Monster Men.” I didn’t like this, but it’s easy enough to skip over.
The second half of this book is where it starts to shine, and we start to see the potential Tom King has for writing Batman.
Tom King‘s run starts to get good after that when we get into the “I am Suicide” arc. Here we see a cool showdown between Batman and the notorious villain Bane. The compositions are interesting and well done, and the introspection is heavy, moody, and compelling.
Batman Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 1 is a must-own book for any big Batman fan. While Tom King’s run get’s off to an awkward start in the first story arc, it really picks up and gets much better after that. And being able to collect his entire run in these gorgeous Deluxe Editions makes it all the more enticing.
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