Stretch your neck
muscles everybody, and get ready for a surreal experience. So early
in the year, and Batman #5 already looks like the best book of 2012.
"Face the Court" is so good that it just should not be allowed. The
emotional intensity, the desperation, the sheer madness of it is so
enthralling, that each page in its crazy beauty becomes a tendril
that traps readers until there is no escape from them... just like
what the Court of Owls is doing to Batman.
I don't think I have
ever felt this uncomfortable or disturbed (in a good way, if there
is such a thing) after reading a comic; I'm not even wondering
what's going to happen next; I am just trying to snap out of it and
let this issue sink in; that talks volumes of its creators. Scott
Snyder and Greg Capullo's carefulness in crafting each panel of this
issue is evident; from Siggy to Damian, and all the psychological
thrill in between, this issue was a true masterpiece.