Review: Batman The Dark Knight #2

Published on March 28th, 2011

It’s always sad when a really great book is rife with scheduling delays.  But, there are differing schools of thought on the matter.  Byallowing the creator/creators the time they need to craft their art, it ultimately yields a superior final product.

Written and drawn by David Finch, Batman: The Dark Knight #2 came out this week.  Batman: The Dark Knight is a new book focusing on Bruce Wayne as Batman instead of Dick Grayson.  Instead of the international tone that Batman Inc., the other book that features on Bruce, has taken, Batman: The Dark Knight focuses on Bruce in Gotham City fighting not only crime, but a coming supernatural menace that hasn’t made its presence fully known yet.

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Issue #1 focused largely on Batman trying to track down a childhood friend named Dawn Golden, who has gone missing.  His search lead him first to Killer Croc and finally to the Penguin.  Meanwhile, something strange has been preying on Gotham’s homeless.

Batman: The Dark Knight #2 has many twists and turns.  We see Batman escape the clutches of the Penguin, only to have Croc show up and knock Batman unconscious.  Meanwhile, an unidentified young woman boosts the batmobile, the homeless are still under threat and another DC Universe legend makes his debut in this series.

Finch has really surprised me with his writing ability.  To the best of my knowledge, I’ve never read any of his writing before and I had no idea how good he could be.  He is crafting a very interesting, engaging story that grabs you and leaves you not only craving more, but wondering where it’ll go next.

I’m usually not a huge fan of Finch’s artwork.  I don’t hate it, it has just never been quite my cup of tea.  But, his art style was tailor made for Batman.  It’s so dark and gritty!  His style really suits the dark, often brutal nature of the character amazingly well.  There’s one scene where Batman resorts to breaking Penguin’s bones to get information on Golden’s whereabouts.  It’s really brutal and fantastically drawn.

My one complaint is with the colors by Alex Sinclair.  They aren’t bad by any stretch of the imagination, I’m just not a big fan of the light blues used as a highlight on Batman’s cape, cowl and gloves.  I prefer a darker blue if not black.  Again, just a personal preference.

The biggest downside to Batman: The Dark Knight, as previously stated, is the delays.  The first issue was at least two or three months late and there was a two month gap between issues one and two.  The only good thing about the delays, at least in theory, is it means that DC is allowing Finch the time that he needs to craft not only the best story, but also the best art he can.

If you’re looking for a great Batman book that doesn’t require much (almost zero) previous story experience, Batman: The Dark Knight is the book for you.  It takes the character back to the dark, gritty roots that made him a legend.

Ian Candish
Ian@ComicImpact.com