)Writer Tom Taylor
Artist Otto Schmidt
Letters A Larger World’s Troy Peteri
Cover Bryan Hitch & Alex Sinclair
Asst. Editor Dave Wielgosz
Group Editor Jamie S. Rich
Oh, the year’s end, it brings so many different little packages of joy, doesn’t it? Seeing folks you care about, eggnog, gift packs of pretty much anything you can think of. Better yet, annual comic issues. This year’s Batman Annual issue is definitely something I had to sink my teeth into. With everything going on in Bruce’s world right now it this seems like a good opportunity to cleanse our palettes of the impending epicness that is to come with Detective Comics #1000 right around the corner, and Bane resurfacing in the main Batman title.
Batman Annual Father’s Day takes a different approach to what we normally see in an issue of Batman. With the issue being written from the perspective of Alfred, we know we are in for some filler. Being from the one person closer to Bruce than anyone on this planet can be, I’m immediately grabbed by the struggle and hardships Alfred puts himself through for the sake of Bruce. I’m not one bit exaggerating when I say Alfred is and forever will be, Batman’s father. Without him, I’m not too sure what Bruce would become.
The artwork and this placement of the text in tandem play a pivotal role in how the comic is read. Feels almost like reading the mind of the butler from a book within his very head. Another thing I loved about this annual is that I can’t stop myself from hearing his proper English accent through the very text that I am reading. Almost like the voice actor from the old Batman and Friends cartoon was narrating the issue into my ear. I highly recommend any and all Batman fans to check out a copy of this year’s Batman Annual..