It is Batman’s earliest days behind the cowl and the Riddler has taken over the town. Keeping the citizens of Gotham hostage, the Riddler insists that until someone can solve his riddles the city will remain locked from the outside. Batman must work with Commissioner Gordon, Alfred and others to rescue his beloved town.
Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo team up for some seriously heart wrenching stuff. Batman Vol 5: Zero Year- Dark City gathers together issues #25-27 and #29-33 in a coherent story, and boy is it emotional. Bruce Wayne has fairly regular flashbacks to the death of his parents and this often reflects on how he views others and his city. The book is illustrated graphically and features terrorism. Anyone sensitive to the constant barrage of war images we see nightly on the television may find themselves wanting to skip this volume. This is possibly the most interesting version of the Riddler I’ve read. He is smart, vicious and strangely looks a great deal like the male comic book readers I know.
Overall Batman Volume 5: Zero Year-Dark City is a solid story and worth the occasional moments of emotional trauma. This volume wraps up the Zero Year series in a powerful way.
Batman Volume 5: Zero Year-Dark City is available from DC Comics October 7, 2014.