From time to time, an artist, regardless of medium or genre, comes along and sets the bar so high that he/she changes the way that things are done, or, at the very least, provides an example of how things should be done. Scott Snyder is one of these artists; he is a writer that has not only redefined Batman but in the process of doing so, he has also re-established what it means to write a ‘great’ comic book. All Star Batman #9 is one of these great comic books, and it serves as a testament to his writing prowess.
“’Ends of the Earth’ finale! It all comes down to this. After months of searching, Batman has found the mastermind behind the blight sweeping the planet, and must face off against one of his most dangerous villains in a battle of wills for the fate of the Earth.”
Scott Snyder’s writing in this issue is some of his best; you’ll be hooked from the very first page, and throughout the book, you’ll shake your head in disbelief as well as nod along in agreement. At times, All Star Batman #9 stuns, and at one moment, in particular, my heart skipped a beat.
Blurring the lines between fact and fiction, not only is All Star Batman #9 an amazing closing chapter, but it is also a fulfilling story as it stands on its own. This issue is an absolute must-read.