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Review: All Star Batman Vol. 3: The First Ally Scott Snyder

Mar 20, 2018

New York Times #1 best-selling writer Scott Snyder and artist Rafael Albuquerque, the Eisner Award-winning creative team of American Vampire, reunite for All Star Batman Vol. 3: The First Ally--a pulse-pounding thriller striking directly at the heart of the Bat-mythos!

Since he became Gotham City's guardian, the Batman has faced an army of the deadliest villains the world has ever known. His path has been dangerous, his losses incalculable. But with the help of his right-hand man, Alfred Pennyworth, he's emerged victorious every time.

But now the Dark Knight is facing a new enemy--the masked face of a conspiracy that spans generations. His name is Nemesis, and both Batman and the mysterious figure called "the First Ally" are on his hit list.

As old foes from the Penguin to Black Mask join the fray, Batman's quest to uncover the truth will take him from Gotham to Miami to the U.K.--and deep into his own past.

Soon Batman must face an impossible choice: he must sacrifice either the mantle of the Bat, or the man he loves most...


Wow! I love discovering Batman through the eyes of Alfred. Alfred is a bit of a mystery in his own right. He's Batman's go-to guy for just about everything. He never feels the need to sugar coat anything he needs to say to Batman. Although The First Ally is a bit of departure from the usual comic in the Batman series, it was important to showcase the life of our super hero from another vantage point. Snyder introduces and reminds us of old foes in an effortless way. A must read. Delve into the past and discover.

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Publisher: DC Comics
Pub Date: Mar. 20, 2018

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