5 Badass Moments in Batman #51

Sad to say that the epic run of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s has finally drawn to a close. The fifty-one issues by the two creators is the most prolific run in Batman since Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams. It’s included the addition of legendary caliber new villain in the Court of Owls, and some of the best Joker stories of all time. While the finale of this epic adventure is more of an epilogue than a finale, it’s a poetic and bittersweet send-off that is just as sad as it well-done. Here are the five best things about the Batman Snyder/Capullo finale.

It’s not goodbye, just… see you in a while

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Thankfully, it seems that Greg Capullo is departing DC on amicable terms. One can only work for the machine for so long before the call for creator-owned work beckons. While Scott Snyder is now under an exclusive contract with DC, Greg is treading the independent waters with a collaboration with Mark Millar. There’s still a chance the two will link up again, and Scott has been given a place among other DC legends where he will presumably be writing Batman stories for years to come, starting with All-Star Batman this summer.

Old dogs can learn new tricks

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Just because this era of Batman is ending doesn’t mean Bruce doesn’t have any new tricks up his sleeve. At the end of this run, Batman is revitalized by his brand new lease on life – physically as well as mentally. The new costume is just the start of this new-attitude Dark Knight. And no Bat-book would be complete without a new tech upgrade. Batman can now camouflage the Batmobile to take the shape of any other vehicle. Screw that, though! If you got a Batmobile, show em the Batmobile.

The cycle continues

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The best way to end sagas like this is to show that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Even after all that Bruce Wayne and Gotham have been through since issue #1, we’re back to square one. It’s a losing battle if you’ve ever seen one, but the new-found hope and resilience that Batman has found gives the next volume a lot of momentum; Bruce has so much to prove, and with Gotham finally safe – for the moment – he must reunite the Bat-family that has largely had to move on without him (as Batman), and decide what to do with Duke…

Sh*t’s about to get real

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This is as quality of a lead-in as you could ask for what is to come. Instead of ending on an impromptu showdown with a villain of the week, Scott and Greg take us on a tour of all the potential big name villains and reveal that all of them are planning something big, but nothing about the plans-to-be are revealed. It’s all a giant lead-in to what James Tynion IV could write going forward. Or, honestly, it could be nothing of the sort. Either way, it’s a great way to show that things are business as usual in Gotham.

Batman does make a difference

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One of the most depressing views of Batman’s philosophy is that he doesn’t make a difference, that his presence is a catalyst for the monstrosities that make up his Rogues Gallery. The debate of whether or not Batman’s efforts are futile or not has always been on a somewhat grand scale, but this issue sheds light that Batman’s influence can spread hope just as much as fear – and it’s done so gracefully, putting the pieces of the story together by using an anonymous storyteller.

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