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Why Scott Snyder is the Prettiest Girl in the Bar

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I read a lot of comics. I read a lot from the DC Universe, and more specifically, Batman titles. Readers get a wide range of quality on comics on a monthly basis, but today I want to talk about something that I feel we may not talk about enough. It’s something that we lose sight of from time to time and I think it is time I addressed this subject head on. Scott Snyder is the best looking girl in the bar


To paraphrase Keith Olbermann (one of my favorite sports personalities), “Don’t take it completely literally, we don’t mean it completely serious, we are just calling Scott Snyder the prettiest girl in the bar”.


To those of us that read comics and have been in a bar, we are aware of the concept of the prettiest girl (or guy depending on what you are looking for) in the bar. It’s the person that grabs your eye the most, the person you want to buy a drink for, and the person you want to dance with. It’s the person that just does it for you. If the world of comics were a bar, then Snyder would be that one.


Snyder’s run on Batman in the New 52 is the single best run in the characters history from a single creator. I loved “The Court of Owls”, “Death of the Family”, and “Zero Year”. In fact, the biggest crisitisim of these stories that you see online are the seemingly forced tie-ins, not the actual main story. There’s no doubt that some of the crossover tie-ins didn’t live up to the core title. However, this fact can be seen as a good thing. Instead of putting on his orange power ring and yelling, “MINE! MINE!” while not allowing anyone else to play with his toys, Snyder opens his arm and welcomes other creators to jump on board and be a part of the experience of his story arcs. The results may not always be amazing, but it’s hard to fault someone for wanting to be inclusive, and you certainly cannot fault the main story arc for outlying elements.


It’s not just his work on Batman. American Vampire, The Wake, and Superman Unchained have all been amazing stories, as well. I await the day when one of his original stories gets turned into a movie or TV show. If literature is your thing, then you really should take the time to read his collection of short stories called Voodoo Heart, an amazing collection and one that any fan of his comic works would love.


To be clear, I don’t berate or think less of someone who does not think that Scott Snyder is the best writer in comics. Everyone has their own tastes and favorites. Scott Snyder may be the prettiest girl in the bar, but I see Kyle Higgins and James Tynion IV down there strutting their stuff, also. It’s also hard to ignore Jeff Lemire and Geoff Johns posting up as the resident cougars. There is lot’s of great talent in the comics world, and I thank every one of them for giving us great stories.


As a side note, I would love to buy Scott Snyder a drink and would only dance with him if he told me what was going to happen in “Endgame”. I could pay for the drink with the savings he got for me when he went to bat (pun intended) for all comic fans when he got the price lowered back to $3.99 when DC tried to raise prices to $4.99.


Just for the record, I know I don’t get to take Snyder home…Greg Capullo gets to do that.

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  • Donovan Grant

    “Snyder’s run on Batman in the New 52 is the single best run in the characters history from a single creator.”

    Woooah nelly. I wouldn’t exactly agree with that. I think Snyder’s era is still too fresh to call something like that only three years in.

    That said he’s easily the most consistently entertaining writer for a character in the new 52. I’ve not LOVED every story he’s told, but he’s never ticked me off, and there’s a genuine effort to make really good stories always present in the material. Plus, the guy himself is so cool, he’s definitely earned a ton of goodwill. Maybe when everything’s said and done, he’ll have earned a spot in the top ten Batman creators of all time, but for now I wouldn’t say he’s the best of the best.

  • Eric

    Haha, was wondering who was going to sound off about that “best single run” line. It definitely made me raise my eyebrows, and with Dons reply it has got me thinking…

    Who else has an unbroken multi year run with Batman that is generally considered good (or better)? O’neil? Dini?

    For me its Morrison.

  • Ed

    Its all subjective of course. Snyder does not have to be your favorite. He’s mine though. I mean if you think of it there is no hard and fast rule for the best writer it’s simply the one you enjoy the most.

    You could even stretch his run back further if you include The Black Mirror.

  • Jack

    Ed his run so far has been fantastic along with Waid’s Daredevil The Two Best Comics being published right now superhero wise and I got to meet Waid in May of this year and honestly could not be a nicer guy. I think what Waid and Snyder have in common is they give and show the characters heart and show what really makes them tick. I think when all is said and done he will have his name next to Finger and O Neil as the trinity of Batman writers and No Miller does not deserve to sit next Finger and O Neil his last two Batman works Uggghhhhhh.

  • Donovan Grant

    ^I wouldn’t separate Miller from O’Neil and Finger just because he’s had horrible works. So’ve they, and they’re all equally influential.

  • Ed

    I completely understand the idea of a trinity of writers… And I do love O’Neil and Finger and as much as they have helped shape Batman in the Gold/Silver age… Snyder is doing the same thing in the New 52. You may or may not like the New 52 but it is here to stay and without Snyder imagine where we would be. Tony Daniel was writing Detective… Finch was writing Dark Knight… only Tomasi stands out from that crop.