Title: Batman's Grave
Writer: Warren Ellis
Artist: Brian Hitch
Publisher: DC Comics
Year of Release: 2019
This is the best Batman book of the year. Maybe the last few years if I'm being honest. When this book was announced I was intrigued. I knew I liked The Authority and wanted to see what this duo could do with Batman. THEY DID NOT DISAPPOINT.
The book opens with Alfred tending the graves of Martha and Thomas Wayne. Reflecting on their lives and death and the reality that he'll have to eventually bury their son.
The book then cuts to Batman. It's a completely redesigned suit and looks incredible. Batman goes into action. He's stopping what appears to be a hate crime in progress. He's fast, precise and brutal. Takes out the criminals and he's off.
Alfred, manning the police lines, informs Batman that he's near a location that is repeatedly calling 911 but keeps getting put on hold because they are so busy. Batman goes to check it out.
He arrives on the scene and it's a murder victim. He scans the entirety of the room and calls Commissioner Gordon directly.
This is where the book does something that I've been waiting for years to see. Batman being an actual detective again. His scans are reconstructed in a virtual world and he walks through the crime for hours. He realizes that he made a mistake and goes back to the scene, in broad daylight. Crashing through the crime scene doors and lifting the floor to reveal a person laying there.
This is where the first issue leaves off. Such a strong opening for a new Batman title. I recommend any Bat-fan to pick it up. You definitely won't regret it. I've got a feeling this is going to be one of those stories that is a must-read!