"Amazing character-driven story with creep-tastic villains galore!"
Reviewed by Miranda Owen
Posted May 15, 2017
ALL-STAR BATMAN VOL. 1: MY OWN WORST ENEMY (REBIRTH) by
Scott Snyder has a cast of thousands and non-stop action,
but it's also a deeply personal character-driven story. I
highly recommend having a book like DC COMICS
ENCYCLOPEDIA ALL-NEW EDITION on hand while reading this
story. Even for the hard-core comic book junkie there are
so many classic, yet perhaps underrated, villains with
complicated histories in ALL-STAR BATMAN VOL. 1: MY OWN
WORST ENEMY (REBIRTH). I completely fell down the rabbit
hole, as I'd take a break from the story to look up
character bios and find how some of the villains have
somewhat surprising past connections -- like Great White
ALL-STAR BATMAN VOL. 1: MY OWN WORST ENEMY (REBIRTH) is
told in a mashup of flashbacks, flashforwards, and scenes
set in the present - creating a beautiful syncopated
rhythm. I think this style of storytelling fits with Two-
Face's fractured psyche. Due to some machinations by
Harvey Dent's psychotic alter-ego Two-Face, Batman is
dragging Two-Face on a road trip from hell in order to
try and save him. Batman's protégé Duke makes a staunch
ally for Batman in a sea of people out to get him. I love
how it's revealed that Bruce Wayne and Harvey Dent had a
friendship as children, lending another layer to an
already amazing story. The psychological and
philosophical issues in ALL-STAR BATMAN VOL. 1: MY OWN
WORST ENEMY (REBIRTH) are a great counterpoint to the
thrilling chase and fight scenes.
I love the team-ups in ALL-STAR BATMAN VOL. 1: MY OWN
WORST ENEMY (REBIRTH). It's fun seeing Firefly and Killer
Moth as an assassin tag team, as well as Killer Croc
working with fellow monster King Shark. I've never really
been a Penguin fan, but his alliance with Great White and
Black Mask make an interesting criminal triad and I'd
like to see that villainous threesome in future stories.
KGBeast is, for me, a little reminiscent of Bane with his
sadistic obsession with Batman. John Romita Jr.'s
stunning illustrations complement the high-octane story.
ALL-STAR BATMAN VOL. 1: MY OWN WORST ENEMY (REBIRTH) is a
treat for Batman fans and a book that's hard to put down.
The secondary story at the end of ALL-STAR BATMAN VOL. 1:
MY OWN WORST ENEMY (REBIRTH) involves Duke and the always
creep-tastic villain Mr. Zsasz. Some incarnations of
Bruce Wayne as Batman leave me cold, but this version as
written by Scott Snyder has me cheering Batman on like I
did when reading about his comeback in the classic
A part of DC Universe: Rebirth!
The #1 New York Times best-selling author of BATMAN
returns to the Dark Knight in ALL-STAR BATMAN VOL. 1! But
he's not alone. Critically acclaimed, legendary
illustrator John Romita Jr. joins him on this epic new
In this new graphic novel, Batman finds himself trying to
help old friend Harvey Dent...now known as the villainous
Two-Face! The Dark Knight accompanies his foe on a cross-
country trip to fix his scarred face and hopefully end
the Two-Face identity forever. But when the former Gotham
City D.A. sets his plan into motion to free himself, what
deadly secrets from the past will bubble to the surface?
One of the biggest creative pairings in DC Comics history
share their take on one of the greatest heroes ever in
ALL STAR BATMAN VOL. 1! Collects issues #1-5.
Rebirth honors the richest history in comics, while
continuing to look towards the future. These are the most
innovative and modern stories featuring the world's
greatest superheroes, told by some of the finest
storytellers in the business.
Honoring the past, protecting our present, and looking
towards the future. This is the next chapter in the
ongoing saga of the DC Universe. The legacy continues.
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