Within the past 5 years DC Comics has released a multitude of books under their “Rebirth” and later their “DC Universe” line of books. Their latest is the “Infinite Frontier” series that has had a multitude of books launched and relaunched from them. One of these latest books is “I Am Batman”. It was written by John Ridley (best known for the TV show American Crime). Additionally, it was drawn by Travel Foreman (best known for Animal Man). The cover of the issue is drawn by Foreman. It contains an image of our newest Batman staring into a glass case containing the Batman costume.
As always, the review will be judging the comic based solely on the contents within the issue itself, disregarding any previous issues, and instead judging it on its own merit. Luckily, this issue lives up to any expectation one could put on it.
Within just a single issue, Ridley is able to create a complete story that makes this writer excited for the future of this series. Rarely are writers able to tell such complete stories in the pages given to them, especially with how prevalent decompression has become in the comic world. Ridley’s experience in other mediums has allowed him to get around the problems mainstream comics have had for years.
The art in this story is certainly some of the better art I have seen come out of comic books within the last few years, but a combination of the generic “superhero art” and the overuse of generic action has made the art in this issue less appealing. It certainly is leagues better than 99% of drawings by people on this planet, but for a mainstream superhero title that costs a hefty sum, it definitely has things that could be improved. I do appreciate the light amount of inking on the line art, as it gives things a softer edge that makes it much more appealing to me.
Now, for what is always the trickiest subject to cover in reviews: the price. Very rarely is it worth 5 dollars for just so few pages, so it is very hard to recommend someone to buy this at full price. If you see it at a good deal (maybe 40-50% off) I would recommend it, but at the price it is, I would not. It does depend on what you are looking for in a superhero comic though. This is an exciting new take on the Batman mythos, so if you are looking to the future of DC, I suggest buying this at full price anyhow to show them this is the future you want for these characters.
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