Story: Scott Snyder
Pencils, Inks, Colors, & Variant Cover: Rafael Albuquerque
Colors: Jordie Bellaire
A new story arc for All-Star Batman is here and with that new story arc comes hope. Hope that Scott Snyder has come back to the fold of telling awesome batman stories. So did he deliver? Or is it more of the same confusing storytelling that we’ve been getting all throughout All-Star Batman? Read on to find out!
***NON-SPOILERS and SUMMARY AT THE BOTTOM***
Alfie was a troubled teen
We open up with a narrative of a father talking about his son. We also get a teenager, who we are lead to believe it Bruce Wayne, in London running from the cops after defacing public property. The narrative is actually Alfred talking about Bruce and the teen running from the cops is actually Alfred. This was a nice way to frame up the events of the story.
The events of the story???
Yeah folks, the here and now. What’s going down in Batman town. And that is Batman chasing down Hush to get information on The Genesis Engine. And this is no normal engine. This thing turned Anatoli into the KGBeast, so it’s not to be trifled with. Bats and Alfie catch Hush and are able to get Hush to tell them that the engine is on it’s way to Fort Dexter with some defector named Hatch. So now Bruce has to penetrate Fort Dexter and make it out alive with the Genesis Engine.
I love it anytime you mix pirates in with something else that I love. So throwing pirates into a Batman story? Yep, I’m in. 100%. But these aren’t your normal pirates, they’re a little more upper class sea gangsters. Bruce shows up to try and infiltrate Fort Dexter but is shot at because he’s from Gotham (they can’t have Batman sneaking in so they shoot anyone from Gotham). Bruce uses the priceless painting he brought there as a shield to protect him (it has a piece of iron in the back of it). He subdues all the pirates shooting at him and finds Hatch.
But Hatch isn’t in any shape to give out information about the genisis engine. In fact, he was tortured and murdered. And that’s where our story leaves off.
Sum it up!
A new story arc for All-Star Batman is here and with that new story arc comes hope. And Snyder didn’t let me down on this one. He delivered a totally understandable and even fun story that left me excited for the next issue. This one is a great pick up for new readers as it starts down a new story arc.
Ben DuPey | NCR