New 52 Review – “Batman: The Dark Knight #1”

The fourth title to showcase DC’s Caped Crusader hits this week. As a gothic hero, he also kicks off the comic reviews over the Halloween weekend.

General Information

Title: Batman: The Dark Knight #1

Author: Paul Jenkins (writer and co-plotter) and David Finch (co-plotter)

Illustrator(s): David Finch (pencils), Richard Friend (inks) and Alex Sinclair (colours)

Cover Date: November 2011

Cover Price: $2.99

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Bruce Wayne is active at a charity event, following the pre-relaunch announcement that Bruce Wayne has been funding the Batman from the start. Before the night is out, he is called to Arkham Asylum to deal with a riot.

High Point

The opening speech about fear.

Low Point

This feels like Detective took the same core of an idea and did it better. At the very least, it did it first and to a greater extreme.

The Scores

This is an original twist on the other classic Bat-villain. Some of the rest seems to be fallout from recent events. I give it 4 out of 6.

The artwork starts with David Finch pencils. ‘Nuff said. I give it 6 out of 6.

The story is told well enough. We get a feel for the status quo as this title defines it, as well as where this title is going and the themes to be explored. I give it 5 out of 6.

The characterization is clear enough. It’s hard to judge how well a comic introduces Batman in some ways, given his iconic status. The character’s cartoon didn’t even need a title card, after all. This is definitely the “Dark Knight” incarnation of Batman that I enjoy more than the other incarnations. I give it 5 out of 6.

The emotional response is dampened mainly because it’s the fourth book in the relaunch and previous weeks handled similar things more impressively. I give it 3 out of 6.

The flow is smooth and easy to follow. I give it 6 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a solid first issue and well worth reading, but of the Batman-centric titles, I’d say it’s the third priority of the four. I give it 4 out of 6.

In total, Batman: The Dark Knight #1 receives 33 out of 42.

The New 52

Here are handy links for the reviews of all 52 new #1 issues:

  1. Action Comics
  2. All-Star Western
  3. Animal Man
  4. Aquaman
  5. Batgirl
  6. Batman
  7. Batman and Robin
  8. Batman: The Dark Knight
  9. Batwing
  10. Batwoman
  11. Birds of Prey
  12. Blackhawks
  13. Blue Beetle
  14. Captain Atom
  15. Catwoman
  16. DC Universe Presents
  17. Deathstroke
  18. Demon Knights
  19. Detective Comics
  20. The Flash
  21. Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E.
  22. The Fury of Firestorm
  23. Green Arrow
  24. Green Lantern
  25. Green Lantern Corps
  26. Green Lantern: New Guardians
  27. Grifter
  28. Hawk and Dove
  29. I, Vampire
  30. Justice League
  31. Justice League Dark
  32. Justice League International
  33. Legion Lost
  34. Legion of Super-Heroes
  35. Men of War
  36. Mister Terrific
  37. Nightwing
  38. O.M.A.C.
  39. Red Hood and the Outlaws
  40. Red Lanterns
  41. Resurrection Man
  42. The Savage Hawkman
  43. Static Shock
  44. Stormwatch
  45. Suicide Squad
  46. Superboy
  47. Supergirl
  48. Superman
  49. Swamp Thing
  50. Teen Titans
  51. Voodoo
  52. Wonder Woman