Written by Scott Snyder
Art by Greg Capullo
Colors by FCO Plascencia
Inks by Danny Miki
Epilogue art by Yanick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairn
Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s run on Batman will be looked back on as a great achievement. The long run was mostly great, it did waiver a few times, but it’s a miracle it could survive (and remain great) during this mess of DC editorial interference and changes. Batman #50 perfectly ends this arc and successfully places a stamp on this amazing Snyder/Capullo run.
Bruce Wayne is the Batman again. Capullo and FCO give us his amazing return by having him smash down upon a bad guy’s head while being illuminated by the bat signal. The whole issue is filled with cinematic moments like this that gives this issue a grand feel. Bloom is destroying the city while Gordon is trying to stop him (and he’s not doing so good) so Batman joins the fight. We learn two things in this fight: Bloom is getting stronger because of the hate of the city’s people (sending that power to Bloom through his seeds). And two, Gordon is willing to die for this city. This point alone makes Gordon a qualified Batman and proves his time fighting crime as the Bat was not a mistake. I think Snyder has done a great job at showing us that even though Bruce needs to be the Batman, this city has other people that love it and can protect it as well.
The story ends in an epilogue where Gordon is reminded of when he first came to Gotham. The city felt like it said to him, “ I was here before you. I’ll be here after you.” Later he meets up with Batman and he shares he felt the same way. Gordon has come to grips with the city by realizing he’s not here to change the city. He can do his best to protect and care for it so that hopefully at the end of his life, he can just let the city know he was there. And that’s what Snyder has done here. He knew going into Batman it was scary and a grand project to join. It was here before him and it will exist after he’s done with it. He can’t change anything really, he just did the best he could so that he could let everyone know, “I was here”.
Marvin’s rating – 10/10