Asamiya's artwork and Natsume's have their strengths and weaknesses. Asamiya has a much surer hand when it comes to shading. His Batman was much more evocative and of course gifted with the long ears that the Bat-Gods intended. However, Asamiya also had a nose fetish; all his characters, male or female, have big noses. Read Full Review
The one thing I was really hoping for, and something that Natsume still stands a chance of accomplishing, is providing a glimpse of Bruce Wayne's training period in Japan. Even after Batman Begins, the comics have done a surprisingly lackluster job of exploring the pre-Batman years of his life. Unfortunately, this issue withholds any such flashback material, perhaps hoping to entice readers to follow the series completely. I'm rather doubtful that's going to work with me. I simply don't think I can stand anymore "earth-shattering" revelations about the nature of Batman. Read Full Review
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