After taking Batman through the gauntlet that was The Court of Owls and Night of the Owls story and then through the psychological nightmare that was Death of the Family, writer Scott Snyder and artists Greg Capullo are setting their sights on Batman’s formative years for their next major storyline.
The story will be another epic, spanning 11 issues beginning with Batman #21 in June. The story will give us new and untold details of the Dark Knight’s early years and will probably tie into the zero issue that came out way back in September.
Snyder told the AP, “It’s not ‘let’s redo the origin.’ It’s time for a new story showing how Batman became who he is in the New 52. We tried to preserve as much of Batman’s history as we could and keep what we could of this history intact. It’s ‘The Zero Year,’ the one that no one has told the story of before. We see how Bruce became the Batman, built the cave, faced off with his first super villain … It’s time for a new story showing how Batman became who he is in The New 52. It builds up the mythology.”
Snyder has also said many times, on Twitter and elsewhere, that he had plans for Riddler in an upcoming story arc. Could we see an early version of Riddler in Zero Year?
This is a great move for the powerhouse team of Snyder and Capullo. Not only will they be pulling away from the other Bat titles for almost a year along with all those pesky tie-ins from the other series but it will also hopefully answer some questions about early Batman continuity that has gone unanswered since the New 52 happened.
So what do you think? Will Snyder and Capullo knock another story out of the park or are you cautious about them turning their focus to the past for almost an entire year? Let us know in the comments.