This issue wraps up the first issue of Batman’s new 52 title by introducing us to Harper Roy. It takes place during the first few issues of Scott Snyder’s Batman series through her perspective? Who is Harper Roy? She’s the girl who saved Batman’s live in Batman 7, and Batman responded by telling her to leave him alone. This is a great origin story and a great comic in general.
Despite not knowing much about her beforehand, you’ll be sold on her almost immediately. She lives with her younger brother in the narrows and they’re constantly bullied. Batman saves them one day, and Harper’s been trying to help Batman ever since. Batman hates that of course. It’s a great character dynamic that Snyder could easily build up on over the next year.
Rather than having a backup story like most $4 DC comics, this one integrates those extra pages into the main story itself. You can tell when it shifts, as Batman again meets Harper Roy and they interact directly for the first time. It’s a great little moment that really sells this issue.
The art in this issue is fairly good too, although not as good as this series usually is. While it’s not overly detailed, character expressions are handled very well. The art changes on the last seven pages (the first time Harper and Batman directly interact) with more details and Harper’s haircut looking very different. The art change is definitely not subtle, and that’s my only real complaint about this issue. that said, the last seven pages look better than the rest of the issue.
This is an easy recommendation. While this comic is more about a new supporting character and it’s barely about Batman, it’s a great way for Snyder to wrap up his first year. This is a one-off issue, making it easy for new readers to pick up and read. This is an easy recommendation if you’re interested in seeing how being saved by Batman can impact an ordinary citizen in Gotham City. While this isn’t my favourite comic of the week (I personally liked Gambit 1 better), it’s probably the best comic I read this week.