I'm a huge fan of Scott Snyder's run on Batman, Huge. So it's taking a little getting used to someone else writing this book. Tom King is a solid writer and I think he's off to a good start. We're setting up a new dynamic here, with Duke Thomas now firmly ensconced in the Batcave. I like Duke and I like the slow and steady use of him. I like that Batman has gotten him a costume, but he's not been in it yet. Slow and steady wins the race. Always. As a counterpoint to Duke, we have Gotham and Gotham Girl. Two super-powered heroes who suddenly show up on the scene. And they're all over Gotham. They came on strong and burned out even stronger. It's too bad, because I would have liked to have seen them show up here and there before getting to their story. (Remember subplots and foreshadowing? I mean REAL subplots and foreshadowing, not what we're given these days. The fact that the next storyline is broadcast in each issue of this trade doesn't mean it counts as either of those things.) They might have felt like more than throw away characters.
All in all this was a solid first volume of the Rebirth run of Batman. I'm anxious to read more.
Batman Vol. 1: I Am Gotham
Writer: Tom King, Scott Snyder
Artist: David Finch, Mikel Janin, Ivan Reis, matt Banning, Danny Miki, Sandra Hope, Scott Hanna, Joe Prado, Oclair Albert