There's no introduction needed for this comic. It's Batman #1 by Scott Snyder. It's bound to be good!
What Happened: Thanks to some assistance from Dick Grayson(who was masquerading as the Joker), Batman(Bruce Wayne) manages to quell a riot in Arkham Asylum. From there he throws a party at Wayne Manor showing his vision for Gotham City's future(hint: it's big and shiny). While mingling with Gotham's fatcats, Bruce overhears Commissioner Gordon on his phone learning of some gruesome murder. Bruce excuses himself from the party and heads to the scene of the crime as Batman, meeting Harvey Bullock there. Bullock(who sadly didn't get the same makeover Amanda Waller and Commissioner Gordon got with the reboot) shows Bats the corpse, some poor John Doe who was tortured for several days with several throwing knives sticking out of non-fatal spots in his body. Bats notices some skin under the dead man's fingernails and runs it in the Bat-computer while he discovers a hidden message on a painting in the dead man's apartment, a message claiming that Bruce Wayne would die the following day. As for the skin under the dead man's fingernails? It's a perfect match to Dick Grayson(!).
The Good: The cliffhanger was exceptionally strong and has me quite interested in getting my hands on the next issue. Unlike in Detective Comics #1, Batman was working closely with the GCPD, as you'd expect. The story itself was good, as was the art. No complaints on that front. If you look really close during the riot at Arkham scene, you see a quick glimpse of a disinterested James Gordon Jr, meaning there's a great chance Scott Snyder will bring him back sometime soon.
The Bad: We all know Dick isn't behind the murder! He has his own series! It would have made more sense for Damian or even Alfred's skin to have been found under the victim's skin, since either one of them would be a more likely suspect since they don't actually have a series of their own. The Bat-writers/editors need to get together and figure out whether Batman is hated by the GCPD or not... Bruce Wayne was more Tony Stark(a futurist) than classic aloof playboy Bruce Wayne here, but I guess that's because we're sticking with the Batman Inc version of Bruce... I guess... It kind of bugged me that Alfred had a higher trust value to Bruce than Dick, who's been working with him forever.
The Verdict: Great stuff here, as expected from Scott Snyder. I really liked the cliffhanger, but like I said, we all know it can't be Dick behind the murder. On the plus side that most likely means the villain behind all of this knows Batman is Bruce Wayne(why else use Dick?), and that's always fun. But yeah, this is another winner from DC. I have been having GREAT luck with the comics I've been reading lately!
Score: 8 1/2 out of 10.The new Dynamic Duo?