Book Two opens up presumably with a flashback sequence, with Batman encountering Joe Chill. Only a couple of pages are spent here before a segue back into the “current” timeline, aka the future. With these concurrent tales playing out in Book One and Book Two, I am already pondering if everything we are reading about the future is some sort of fever dream that Bruce is having. Only time will tell with the release of Book Three. I hope we get some satisfying answers.
Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo excel at world building. The future hellscape they have created is fascinating unto itself. Snyder is playing a bit with every toy in the DC box, whether directly showing it on the page or with a quick mention in a narration box. You want to know the details behind how things really got to the way they are in this book. That said, I’m left scratching my head as to where this book is going.
Capullo, as always, delivers on great art. I know that he may not be everyone’s cup of tea. I happen to really like his style, especially the Rebirth Batman outfit he designed. Another thing is very clear,\: we deserve to have a bearded Bruce and Clark as the default in current DC canon. In their prior run on Batman, we saw lumberjack Bruce. In this issue, we get bearded Clark. They simply look like better versions of themselves. Outside of my penchant for bearded Bats and Supes, Capullo and company do a nice job capturing some key emotional moments, which is a bit difficult to do since so much of the story has a lot of the characters either scowling or serious moods.