I know what you're thinking. You're thinking that, for a person who claims to hate Batman...you sure do read a lot of Bat titles. And I feel the same way. However, DC builds everything around Batman and writers know what sells. Batman sells and he can help establish other Characters. Batman is the John Cena of Comic Books. That being said. This isn't a book I would usually read. Batman, Wonder Woman, some brute looking guy. However, after interviewing Liam Sharp. After all of the controversy behind this mini-series. I would be silly not to read it. So at the end of the day is it worth the buy or just a good try.
YO! I've said it before and I'll say it again. Sharp is a fucking monster. THEN, you put him in his own element and you have a Demi-God. The moment you open this book you are greeted with gorgeous imagery. Beautiful lettering. Vibrant colors. Just dope. Then turn the page and BOOM! A red eyed golem looking man is pointing right at you and you know you're in for a treat. Sharps use of negative space in this issue is masterful and complimented by Romulo Fajardo Jr.'s colors. When you get down to the story, it's written like a fable almost. The narration is done near effortlessly and flows beautifully from page to page; panel to panel. That being said, one of my best parts of this book is Batman wrong. There is also a nice humorous moment when Cernunnos comes to Diana and basically offers a threesome to Steve and her as they were in the middle of relations. Good times.
Honestly, I can't make heads or tails for this issue. The narration though done well, is confusing to me. Who's narrating? What's happening? Why is Batman in this? Ok, that last one not so much. However, I was confused...and who was that old man? O'Schull. I know this is just the first issue, however I would have liked to have understood more. Another thing that's hard for me is the font used for the creatures of Tir Na Nog. That celtic italic font was a bit much. I know that I can probably expect it for the entirety of the series, however it's over bearing in this issue.
This book is fucking a visual epic. The second to last page with Batman. Oh my gawd! It was a thing of beauty. This thing about the perceived lack of information definitely makes me want to come back. If only to find out what happened to Batman. Another artistic commendation I have to give is it almost appears as though Sharp gets better the smaller the panels get. The entire interaction between Cernunnos, Diana, and Steve. I mean Steve looks a bitty sloppy, but Diana is gorgeous, well drawn, and materfully colored. Cernonnos is detailed, well inked, and the star of the panels. There's so much unhinged art in this issue it could easily just be a picture book for the same price and it'd be just as fucking awesome.
When you get down to it this book is all about build up for what's to come. For me it was confusing and hard to discern. However, this is Sharp in his element and this is only issue 1. The art is enough to keep you coming back for more, but so is seeing Batman wrong...AGAIN! Haha. Needless to say that if you've not picked this up, you need to. You get that classic mystery vibe mixed with Fable and lore.