So For the better part of the year Batman (Bruce Wayne) has been absent from a lot of on-going comic runs. To put a long story short, DC gave the Dark Knight amnesia and replaced him with a middle aged Commissioner Gordon, wedged in a mecha bunny suite (basically imagine Gary Oldman as Robo-cop…you can’t make this shit up).
It all coincided with DC’s big shake up for some of its headlining characters; Superman lost most if his powers and his secret identity became a whole less secret, Green Lantern was stuck in space again, doing “ring shit” and nothing really happened to Wonder Woman because DC still has not quite figured out how to make her interesting.
Unsurprisingly the robot bunny suite was met with harsh criticism, surprisingly however, the era of robot bunny Barman (there’s your action figure name right there, no need to thank me), actually proved to be one of the most creative and endearing Batman stories since Zero Day. Penned by Scott Snyder and drawn by Greg Capullo, the story arch titled ‘Superheavy’ follows Gordon, who has become the new cooperate, by the books, government sanctioned Batman. The new villain is Mr Bloom; a great and down right fucking creepy addition to Batman’s rouges. Meanwhile in all of this, Bruce Wayne is trying to live a normal life (but is plagued by sexy thoughts of Bats and Spandex). I won’t go into to much detail, but I highlyy recommended reading it (hell I may even do a review of it at some point). Snyder and Capullo manage have a lot of fun creating this new perspective on the Batman mythos and what it means to punch people out in alleyways.
But now it’s over and Bruce Wayne has made his triumphant return as the Dark Knight (how does someone suffering from permanent amnesia get there memories back you ask?shhhhhh, don’t ruin this). So now that Bruce is back, Jim is out, returning to his role as commissioner once more. As for the new costume (above), it definitely takes influence from Bat Gordon’s costume (which he wore under the mech, see below), sprinkled with some Frank Miller esque touches. For example, the yellow outlines, especially around the logo match that of Gordon’s. I quite like Gord-Bat’s practical and no nonsense costume. The more prominent gloves, boots and nose on the cowl are borrowed straight from Millers Batman (see Batman v Superman for an example). All in all Capullo has done a fantastic job in creating a new modern and practical Bat-suite; one that looks like it can take a lot more damage.