- Writer: Scott Snyder
- Art: John Romita Jr.
- Colors: Dean White
- Letters: Steve Wands
- Publisher: DC Comics
- Publication Date: October 12, 2016
In the previous two issues of All Star Batman, we follow the dark knight as he is trying desperately to transport Harvey Dent, AKA Two-Face, to a secret location where he can cure him. However Two-Face has put a hit out on Batman, and now every low level criminal is after the two of them. Back in Gotham, the Penguin, Black Mask and Great White team up to hire another assassin, adding to the long list of killers already after Batman. Between the three of them they have enough money to hire the assassin, who is none other than the KGBeast. (For our review of issue one, click here)
Brief Story Synopsis of All Star Batman #3
KGBeast has cornered Batman and Two-Face, and with little hope to escape the dark knight must act. He delivers some fatal blows to the Russian mercenary but they don’t effectively take him down. Luckily, Duke arrives and takes Batman and Two-Face to a safe location where they can get medical treatment. At this location Batman explains to Duke his urgency to complete his mission, when he was young, Bruce knew Harvey and due to their long lasting friendship he can’t give up, even if it risks his life. Back on their journey they are quickly attacked by others looking to collect on the bounty. Two-Face explains to Batman that the “cure” he was looking for doesn’t exist and that everything he’s done has been pointless.
The Creative Team
Scott Snyder is a fantastic writer and knows this world better than the back of his hand, he effortlessly comes up with new storylines for the character that haven’t seen before. The road trip aspect of the story still delivers but the addition of a multitude of villains and it not feeling overstuffed is something Snyder does so well. It’s great to have Snyder back on a Batman title, it’s where he belongs and hopefully he can continue with great storytelling like this.
In this series John Romita Jr’s art style has been perfectly used in this kind of story as well as the characters he gets to draw. He has grittier style that suits this world so well, due to the darker nature of Batman. In the first issue we never fully see the face of Harvey Dent, but the face is in full effect here as we see the exposed muscles in his face and his blood red eye, these small details add to the disturbing presentation of the character.
This dream creative team of Snyder and Romita Jr., continue to turn out excellent stories and art. Snyder brings the brilliant story that puts the character in new situations and Romita Jr, with help from the rest of the art team, deliver gorgeous artwork that doesn’t compare.
Overall, All Star Batman #3 gives us more of a reason to be invested in Batman’s mission in turning Harvey back to normal. Snyder and Romita Jr continue to show us why they are the best in the business, this series proves that they are a match made in heaven.
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