At the start of All-Star Batman #10, it becomes apparent that Scott Snyder has elected to change direction, and yet again, in doing so, provide fans with a unique reading experience. With each successful story arc, Snyder manages to re-invent the series while simultaneously retaining the essence of what makes All-Star Batman great. Although I am unsure of what DC’s plans are for the series, I hope that it remains in print for quite some time because I find it very hard to believe that the series will stop working for fans as long as Snyder remains at the helm.

What is All-Star Batman #10 about? From DC Comics:

“‘The First Ally’ part one! When the Dark Knight is taken down by a new enemy whose attacks he cannot counter, he uncovers a plot spanning generations…whose mastermind might be one of his closest allies! But who is the First Ally?”

All-Star Batman #10 begins with some high-octane run and gun action, and even though this story is both racked with mystery and laden with emotion, the energy levels continue to soar until the last page of the book. Interestingly, we learn that this arc is going to revolve around Alfred and his (it appears) troubled past, and I for one am very excited to see what’s to come of this. Bearing witness to this mystery’s unfolding will surely be an epic treat for readers.

Speaking of treats for readers, the combination of Rafael Albuquerque’s pencils and inks, and Jordie Bellaire’s colors is stunning. All Star Batman #10’s lack of visual refinement—its rawness—highlights Snyder’s emotion-filled script. Bellaire’s technique and color palate add a certain warmth to this issue, which, is typically absent from Batman comics, and Albuquerque’s illustrations keep the eye moving. Each panel has great depth, and thus, All-Star Batman #10 ends up being an extremely entertaining first chapter.

Pick it up.

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All-Star Batman #10
The Bottom Line
At the start of All Star Batman #10, it becomes apparent that Scott Snyder has elected to change direction, and yet again, in doing so, provide fans with a unique reading experience
Yes!
Alfred Pennyworth at the heart of a mystery?
An excellent first chapter of a promising new arc