Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Batman: The Dark Knight #1

I don't know that we need another Bat-title, but as long as its not penned by Grant Morrison I'm not going to complain too loudly at Batman getting another monthly comic.

David Finch does double duty here as both writer and artist and I must say this isn't a bad first issue. We get appearances by two classic Bat-villains as well as the introduction of a figure from Bruce Wayne's past. I appreciated Finch's decision to let us view Dawn Golden only through the eyes of the young Bruce before the death of his parents. Although the story centers the missing troubled young woman, who may have come to a gruesome end, the only relation we make to the character is the same one Batman does.

Finch does a good job of jumping Bruce back into the saddle of Batman but still showing some rust (such as his confrontation with Killer Croc in the dark alley). I don't know that I'm ready for the "terrible ramifications" this story is meant to have on Batman's life, but it's a strong beginning. Worth a look.

[DC $3.99]

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