There’s a certain smell in the air today—a smell of hamburgers and hotdogs mixed with fireworks and Roland Emmerich films. It’s the smell of patriotism. The smell of freedom. The smell of American Independence Day.
Whether we saw it when it first aired or caught it much later on syndication or cable, for many of us, the classic Batman TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward was the first exposure we had to the famous character and his equally famous rogues gallery. For others, it’s a fun, campy snapshot of 60s-era television as filtered through the lens of a classic super hero. No matter which camp you happen to fall into, one thing we can all agree on is that the Batman TV show is a blast from the past. No one ever expected to see it return with fresh stories.
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Like Marty McFly, Kyle Reese, and Wyld Stallyns Bill S. Preston, Esq. and Ted Theodore Logan, we’re going back in time as the critically acclaimed creative team of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo takes readers to the early days of the Dark Knight with the near yearlong epic, Batman: Zero Year.
The 11-part storyline began with the June 12 release of Batman #21, and as usual with Snyder and Capullo, it already has us as hooked as the mid-90s Aquaman.
They say that a hero is only as good as his villain—which is arguably what makes Batman so dang amazing. After all, let’s face it, the Dark Knight holds, hands down, the most infamous and recognizable Rogues Gallery in the history of comic books.
From the Joker, the Riddler and Catwoman to Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy and Two-Face, to Penguin, Scarecrow and oh so many more, the ill-famed inmates of Arkham, the criminally capricious citizens of Gotham both frighten and fascinate comic fans of all ages with their complexity, depth and completely insanely bazonkers gimmicks.