Think of Batman Rebirth #1 as the official handing over ceremony between Scott Snyder and Tom King. The last time (for now) that Snyder will be working on the main Bat story and its sad to see Snyder leave The New 52! behind. Having said that, I can’t wait to see what direction King takes Bruce.
Batman Rebirth #1 sets up the next run of comics nicely. In the first 3 pages, King sets up two potential stories; a mysterious visitor at Wayne Manor and the sudden reappearance of Calendar Man who, of course, has unleashed a dastardly plot to destroy Gotham in a convoluted plot that only the Dark Knight can foil.
It might sound like typical Bat-fare; the Bat in the middle of catching a well-known villain, a visitor at the house by invitation, and you’d be right. This point of this issue is to lay the groundwork for what’s to come. It feels as if the issue sacrifices itself for the bigger picture.
Of course, this will become clearer as the series starts, for now we’re left with a decent entry that is no better or worse than what’s gone before it.
That might sound harsh, but for me, that’s what Batman is. He plays the long game. Unlike the Rebirth One-Shot, The Bat doesn’t give up his cards in one go. He plots, waits, and adapts until all is revealed. Keeping the reader’s attention is what has made the Dark Knight one of the more popular characters for so long and Batman Rebirth #1 continues in that tradition.
Batman Rebirth #1 Conclusion
When DC launched the New 52!, the family of the Bat remained largely unchanged. This carries over to Batman Rebirth #1. It might be a slow burner of an issue but by the end of the comic, I was clamouring for answers. Why has the Calendar Man suddenly appeared and how is he different? Who is this mysterious new figure at Wayne manor? Synder and King certainly have hooked you in for the main event.