Now, many times second issues fail to live up to the potential laid down by the first. Most times they are a disappointment (I’m looking at you Red Lanterns #2). Thankfully, Batman #2 not only was just as good as #1, it was even better in some places.
Snyder seems to have a great handle of the character of Batman. He writes him as less of the antihero he has been over the last few years and more human. Bruce Wayne seems like a real person now, not just a character that you almost never see. Plus he has softened the dynamic between Batman and the various members of the Robin Intern Program (or R.I.P.). Add in the mystery of the Court of Owls and Batman hasn’t been this much fun to read in a long time.
Then there is Capullo. My God can the man draw. Personally, I compare every Batman artist to the standard, Jim Aparo. Most fail to meet up to that lofty goal but he is coming very, very close. In some panels, you would swear you are looking at pages from The Dark Knight Returns, while in others the storytelling is just amazing. I just hope he can maintain the deadlines and we don’t end up with a bunch of inferior looking fill-in issues.
It has been quite a while since I have been this excited to read Batman. While I have enjoyed some of the Morrison material, these first two issues have been leaps and bounds better. Read it and see for yourself.