Of all the books in the New 52, Batman seemed like an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” situation. Writer Scott Snyder had been telling stories of epic proportion, redefining The Joker, Gotham City history, and recently, Bruce Wayne himself, breaking him down without sending him spinning through time. With Snyder moving over to a book less tightly bound to continuity, Tom King steps in to carry Batman through rebirth. That will be in both Batman and Batman: Rebirth, starting June 1 and coming out every two weeks at $2.99 a pop.
In it, King promises Batman will be training a new group of heroes, with a rival camp run by Batwoman. The preview piece with art by David Finch shows a redesign, with two younger heroes that look like Jan and Jayce. Finally, Batman becomes Space Ghost!
No matter what variations you put on the costume, Batman is Batman. And if you’re into Batman, you’re going to buy it. Strong writing and strong art put this one down as a winner, and at least the price break makes it slightly less onerous to be buying it twice a month.