Originally I was very skeptic of the change DC had made when I got my hands on the first issues of the reboot. In a previous post I clearly said that only huge fans of the universe would, maybe, notice the difference from the regular old series to the “new” one. But now, to my displeasure, there was an announcement of the #0 issues. First question: is that another reboot? After clarification I was not sure what to think. Now I know I like them.
And it is not the story I have come to like. To be honest, I think it will open a lot of plot holes, making Detective Comic’s wet dream of getting a consistent continuity impossible. But when did we see the comics as an exact representation of our reality?
What I really loved is the idea of creating a new timeline. Now, from the dangerous current events Batman is knee-deep in, to the start of his vigilante career is barely six years. This included a re-thinking and the updating of the situation of Bruce’s tragic loss. Everything looks more modern and makes now more sense. Wayne is not over 70 years old by normal world standards and the city has not changed too much from the start of his career to the moment we read the comics. This is opposed to the original creation myth of the bat, which had happened in a 30s style city, creating this strange situation in which the character had not aged at all, but the city had undergone so many vast changes.
Now, plot holes are unavoidable. First off, my criticism towards the existence of Damian stands. I don’t like him, no matter how much interesting conflict it brings in the Batman-Robin relationship. I just can’t understand why Bruce has to have a son. And now with the six-year timeline… how is it even possible that the boy is ten now?
Second, and this relates to the previous points, I can’t just imagine all the things Batman has done over the last almost-century are now to be compressed in only six years. So many happenings, so many details. Now we are led to believe he lived through them in a short time period?
Finally, the story has converted Batman into a paranoid man who thinks the death of his parents was due to an enemy of his father. Somehow DC is steering now to find the real murderer of the Dark Knight, trying to uncover a deep mystery behind all that marked the millionaire’s life. How much of this will come out, though, is not quite sure. In any case, it would not shock me to see an explanation based on some conspiracy that provoked the death of the Wayne’s. How much this will benefit the mythos, I am not quite sure. But I don’t know if the motivation will change once we now why really Thomas died, since the mindless violence was what originally drew out the persona out of young Bruce.
Don’t get me wrong here. I loved these new #0 issues. If the company would have released those before the #1s, I would have not complained about the reset at all. Now that I can see, as an amateur fan, the difference, I finally can see a new direction and the changes in the way we perceive Batman. All is left to do is to hope it gets better. Just try not to get confused with the time issue created by the reboot. I have learned that many years ago.
May they smile upon your way!