Here’s my review for Batman: The Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 2 by Tom King, David Finch, and Mikel Janin! Tom King’s run is off and running in this second tome, with lots of action in store for Batman and lots of suspense for us readers!
The Book Itself
This fine oversized hardcover book comes with a dust jacket with unique art, different from the cover and back cover of the book itself. It has a strong and flexible sewn binding, meaning the book can sit open quite nicely without closing on itself.
The book collects Batman #16-32 and Annual #1 and features a nice big cover art gallery in the back as a bonus.
This book is in the Rebirth Deluxe Edition line by DC Comics that is top of the line in terms of formats to collect your comics. High quality books and paper, with a nice design to the covers and spines so they look nice on your bookshelf. This is my favorite way to collect comics.
The art in this book is gorgeous from the first page to the last. You can hardly imagine a more blockbuster team to do the pencils than David Finch and Mikel Janin.
David Finch‘s style is perfectly suited to drawing Batman. He gives the character a rugged and heroism and manliness that is perfect for the Dark Knight. There’s a darkness to his work and his compositions that match the mood of Gotham City. David Finch is hands down one of the best pencillers for Batman, and he’s at the top of his game in this Book.
This series is how I discovered Mikel Janin and he continues to produce the work of his lifetime. Although his style is quite different from Finch’s but it’s just too gorgeous to take your eyes off. Whereas Finch’s art is dark and gritty, Janin’s art is clean and bright. There’s a realism to his shadows and proportions, yet an almost plastic or toy-like quality to the look of the characters he draws. Every page and panel is captivating. This book is some of my favorite art I’ve seen in comics in years.
Tom King‘s story in this book is essentially split into three parts.
The first arc is called “I am Bane.” After Batman gave Bane a pretty brutal beating back in his home base in Batman Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 1, Bane naturally wants revenge. Bane comes to Gotham City and starts to terrorize. Batman has to put a stop to this. Therefore, we end up getting treated to one of the most brutally epic brawls in Batman’s history between the Bat and Bane!
Next, we also get half of the story “The Button”, a crossover story with The Flash, which marks really a larger crossover between the DC Universe and the world of Watchmen. You have to have The Flash Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 2 to get the whole story. The story is awesome and involves revisiting some elements of the world of Flashpoint!
Finally, we get the epic War of Jokes and Riddles. This is a really fun story about a rivalry and showdown between the Joker and the Riddler. All the villains of Gotham City end up getting sucked into this rivalry and being forced to join one side or the other. Who will win the war between the Joker and the Riddler….Batman of course! Hehe.
Batman: The Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 2 is an awesome book, even better than its predecessor, and it shows Tom King really getting into his stride of writing Batman. Whereas Book 1 did have a slow start and some weaknesses, Book 2 suffers no such weaknesses. Therefore, this book receives my absolute highest recommendation.
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Writers : Tom King, Joshua Williamson, Scott Snyder, Ray Fawkes, Paul Dini, Steve Orlando, Scott Bryan Wilson
Artists: David Finch, Mikel Janin, Clay Mann, Jason Fabok, Mitch Gerads, Danny Miki, Seth Mann, Trevor Scott, Sandra Hope, John Livesay, Hugo Petrus, Declan Shalvey, Neal Adams, Riley Rossmo, Bilquis Evely
Colorists: Jordie Bellaire, June Chung, Brad Anderson, Gabe Eltaeb, Mitch Gerads, Neal Adams, Ivan Plascencia, Mat Lopes
Letterers: Deron Bennett, Clayton Cowles, John Workman
Collection Cover Artists: David Finch, Danny Miki, Jordie Bellaire