Scott Snyder has been writing some of the best Batman comics in decades. The Owl story arc was epic and creepy. But Death Of The Family was downright a horror story that made me gasp once or twice out loud, and even mumble audibly, "holyjesuschrist". If you're not reading Snyder/Capullo Batman comics, you're missing out.
(Posted on 1/31/14)
When DC rebooted with their "New 52", I dropped all the Batman titles I'd been reading because they'd reshuffled the creative teams and I wasn't much interested anymore. Then I kept hearing about how good Snyder's Batman was, so I picked up an issue to see for myself, and it's true. Snyder's Batman is a quality horrorshow. The "Court of the Owls" storyarc was an interesting tale of a possible Wayne brother, reanimated corpses, a secret society and a villain finally worthy of the Batman. Then, "Death of the Family" follows that. The Joker returns with his decomposing, fly-riddled face, previously removed by another villain, now tied to his head and a new determination to utterly decimate the Bat family. Snyder's Joker clearly conveys all the gravitas that's been given to that character over the years. His is the dismembered face of pure anarchistic horror. (Posted on 2/13/13)