Only a four issue short unfortunately, but IMO probably the only really essential Batman since the Dark Knight."I wanted to present a new take on Batman, who is without a doubt a mythic figure in our pop-psyche. My Batman is not only totally science fiction, he's also a very physical superhero: he bleeds, he sweats, he eats. He's someone born into an overarching police state; someone with the body of David Beckham, the brain of Tesla, and the wealth of Howard Hughes... pretending to be Nosferatu."
in the early 2000's i guess there was a trend for 'widescreen' comics in the west; panels layouts that were just three rows and all that. the cinematic analogy is quite common with that kind of thing.Its generally much more influenced by film with use of pacing to increase tension and drama and far more more cinematic in terms of plot delivery. Show dont tell, narration, but almost never thought balloons. Japan was about 20/30 years ahead of the West in that regard, apart from the Europeans and a few iconoclasts like Miller, who borrowed heavily from manga.