After an 11-year gestation, the Batman Europa #1 issue hit local comic shop shelves last week and proceeded to blow minds as one of the most gripping and innovative stories to infuse the dark knight in quite some time.
The grit of Batman Europa #1 spills onto the streets of Berlin.
And there is blood as well.
For readers looking for cookie cutter grab, bash, and slam Batman stories that are all brawn, and very little to no brain, this is not the tale for you.
There are certainly some epic battles being fought within these pages, and [**SPOILER ALERT STARTS**] Killer Croc proves more formidable than our masked Bruce Wayne deems possible, as beatings ensue [**SPOILER ALERT ENDS**].
But if you enjoy the noir, detective yarns of the ingenious bat, look no further.
Batman Europa #1 blends a cunning new twist and an age-old villain for an extraordinary story and the premiere issue’s art is simply stunning.
Jim Lee traveled across Europe over ten years ago and dreamed up Batman following in his footsteps, and Mr. Lee delivers awe-inspiring visuals of Gotham, of course, and Germany.
In the wake of the hotly anticipated Dark Knight III: The Master Race, which comes out this week, from master storyteller Frank Miller, the Batman Europa team have worked hard to rival some of the best written bat tales.
The writers Brian Azzarello and Matteo Casali have drawn up a superb series, and their Batman finds himself infected with a virus working actively to kill him within a week.
A lead brings Batman to Berlin and one of his oldest nemeses greets him unpleasantly from a pool of blood. They are curiously enough, [**SPOILER ALERT STARTS**] also infected and seeking a cure [**SPOILER ALERT ENDS**].
Jim Lee’s art follows the layout direction of Giuseppe Camuncoli for dark, macabre settings and stark views.
To give varying degrees of European art, Lee will let other artists take over the last three books in the series, which are sure to continue to raise the mystery and thrilling adventure spun across the Atlantic in an ancient continent where Gotham’s dark knight is only a tourist.
POWKABAM REVIEW GRADE: A+
"Breaking News: Batman Europa #1 Blows Minds" was Written By R.J. Huneke
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