There is more than one way to tell a story. You could write a short story or a novel. You could adapt it for television or film. You could create a web series. Or, if you have any artistic ability, or know someone who does, you could turn it into a comic book.
Comics have their own set of advantages as a medium. For starters, from a creative standpoint, a comic is often times the best method to express your artistic vision with the least amount of interference from third parties. While it's true that every book, with the exception of those being self-published, requires approval from an editor, generally the final product is the purest representation of the writer and artist's work. In addition, unlike, for example, television and film, comics allow you to create without having to worry about a budget. You don't have to think, "How much would this cost?" "Can we do this with real actors or will it require CG?" "How long will this take to shoot?" You are limited only by the breadth of your imagination. However the advantage that I consider to be the most important of all is a comic book's ability to make the reader an active participant in the story.
When reading a comic book, we have a profound effect on the story. You hold the book in your hand, following along at your own pace. Perhaps you'll speed through it, or maybe you'll take time to savor each individual panel. As readers we add inflection to the character's voices, we do the camera work, and we also flesh out the story by creating a running narrative in our minds to explain what happens between the panels and off-page. All of these things help make reading a comic a unique experience that differs from reader to reader.
I've written about Scott Snyder and his work on Batman on this site before, so needless to say his writing is still outstanding. But much like Snyder mentioned on Twitter, Capullo was single-handedly responsible for the issue's layout and visual approach. It seems that a lot of readers are surprised at how amazing his art has been, but they shouldn't be. The man has been killing it for years on books like X-Force and Spawn. Batman is just a continuation of his awesomeness. If you want to see comic book storytelling at its best, you need to pick up Batman #5. I wouldn't be surprised if it winds up being considered the best single issue of the year.
And one more thing. I don't know how many of you have made the move to digital comics, but this is an issue that works best as a paper copy. You need to hold it. To manipulate it. A few comments online mentioned that this book was a nightmare to read on their laptops or mobile devices. I don't know how true that is, but I truly believe paper is the way to go on this one. Regardless of the medium you choose, this book deserves special recognition. Snyder and Capullo are putting together the best book of the DC reboot and they are just getting warmed up.