Wednesday, April 27, 2016

SPOILERS: Batman #51

And so here it is, the final issue of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's run.

The Spoilers:

Bruce is healed, and ready to go back into action. Soon after hitting the town for the night, Gotham loses all its power and Bruce goes on the hunt for who or what could be the cause of a possible attack. Throughout the night, we get many homages to the creative team's past, ranging from revising the Court of Owls to recreating the Arkham breakout scene from issue #1, all set to the narration of "Gotham is..." also from issue #1.

We soon find that the narrator is a reformed member of the whisper gang, who Bruce beat up long, long ago while hunting for the owls, and he is now the lead contributor to the "Gotham is" column in the newspaper. He thanks Batman for helping him change, and Batman just sort of doesn't know what to do and tells him to stay in school.

Throughout the city, many of the worst of the worst plan their next scheme, heist, attack, whatever, but for unknown reasons, just decide that tonight isn't the night. While Bruce continues to search, he seems some of the better parts of Gotham, when it's not dying under a cloud of Villain X's toxin for the third time in a week.

When all is said and done, it turns out the power outage was just a natural occurrence, which is a relief, but Bruce decides to stay in the city and keep watch, just in case.

The Opinion:

So, while other books are wrapping up what every well could be meaningless stories in the long run, this is a wrap up that accomplishes so much, given the context. Snyder and Capullo are from what I can tell, the only consistent writer/artist team to make it from the beginning of the New 52, to the end. Love it or hate it, their run will go down next to the legends, it was truly iconic and of its time. So wrapping up their time on the title by paying homage to theirselves doesn't come off as vain or narcissistic, but beautiful and well deserved. 


  1. I remember the Whisper Gang. Batman #3, right?

    1. #2 or 3, yeah. They've appeared here and there throughout the run.