All Star Batman #2
Comic Review by Paul Fiander
Written by Scott Snyder
Pencils by John Romita Jr. ,Declan Shalvey
Inks by Danny Miki & Declan Shalvey
Colored by Dean White & Jordie Bellaire
Cover by Danny Miki, John Romita Jr. & Dean White
Published by DC Comics on 14th September 2016
When Scott Snyder announced he was leaving Batman little did we know that he was actually going to back in double quick time but this time with a new MO. The All Star series will allow a Snyder to team up with a host artists to create shorter stories built around everyone's favourite Gothamite.
For this opening salvo we have the artistic powerhouse that is John Romita Jr on pencils, as we have come to expect from his work the action sequences are top draw. The motion is sumptuous and his character design shows a mark of genius. This is where the collaboration between artist and writer really is paying dividends as Snyder has opened up a large portion of the Bat's rogue gallery for Romita Jr to express himself with. Look out for these cameos as they are a great. Danny Miki is the inker for the issue and makes the most of the lines he has been given, the final factor in the artistic team is Dean White one of my favourite colourists and he more than keeps up his hit rate throughout the issue.
The main story revolves around the relationship between Batman and Two Face, the two have a chequered history and now Harvey is pulling out all the stops to try to win. However in the background there are other forces trying to get to wipe out the Dark Knight. So all in all Bruce is up poo creek without a paddle. When this is mixed with the jumping timeline of the story you really are getting the best of Snyder and the Batman.
The issue is rounded off by a secondary story looking at Duke. It's created by Snyder, artist Declan Shalvey and coloured by Jordie Bellaire this is a lovely way to get more info on the man now taken under the Bat's wing.