Review: Batman Lost #1

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[Editor’s Note: This review may contain some spoilers]

Writers: Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV and Joshua Williamson

Artists: Doug Mahnke, Yanick Paquette and Jorge Jimenez

 

Summary

What seemingly begins in the future with an aged Bruce Wayne telling his granddaughter tales of the Batman, quickly becomes a labyrinth through the Dark Multiverse as it taps into Batman’s greatest fears.

Batman realizes he is trapped in the Dark Multiverse and tries to maintain focus as he fights his way through different time periods. Each place has things there to distract him, but each one leaves clues that only the world’s greatest detective can decipher. Hopefully, he can determine what is real and what isn’t while discovering the secret of Barbatos.

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Positives

Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV and Joshua Williamson work well together to weave this mind-boggling story of Batman making his way through the Dark Universe. You can tell immediately something is off in this world and the further down the rabbit hole Batman goes, the more intriguing the issue gets.

Each new point Batman reaches in the story is graced by a different art style from the multiple artists that worked on this book. The different styles of Doug Mahnke, Yanick Paquette and Jorge Jimenez really adds to the concept of the book by changing to match each new backdrop, letting the reader feel as unsure as Batman is in the book.

Given that we have now seen the results of the arrival of the Nightmare Batmen, it was good to also see what was happening to Batman himself as he is trying to escape the dark Multiverse.

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Negatives

It’s difficult to find anything wrong with this issue per se. I say per se because I’m not typically a fan of the issues or episodes of television that are mind-boggling dream-state stories. But the delivery was excellent for anyone that enjoys those stories because even the bizarre elements are meant to be bizarre in order to add a dreamlike non-linear approach to the storytelling.

 

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Verdict

Another well-written tie-in to the Dark Nights: Metal event. This issue gets particularly weird with its dreamlike sequences but it does so for the benefit of the story. As we dig deeper into Batman’s psyche we get to see some of the most vulnerable aspects of Batman. Dream-state stories don’t typically appeal to me, but this was well executed and anyone that enjoys those types of stories will definitely enjoy this one.

 

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Cameron Tevis

Hi, I'm Cameron Tevis and I've been a comic book, anime and film fan my entire life. While I like Marvel and anime my true love is DC Comics. My father, who was a fan himself, introduced me at a very young age to the amazing characters in DC (especially Hal Jordan Green Lantern). I think it's a fantastic time to be a comic book fan and I'm happy I get to write about the company that I love so much. Besides being a DC fan, I am a designer and I recently started a comic book series of my own called Event Cycle 6 published through Aporian Comics. I recently wrote and directed a short film "The Misadventures of Harley Quinn". And most importantly I am now a father to my beautiful daughter Arya Jade!