Written by PAUL JENKINS
Art and cover by DAVID FINCH and RICHARD FRIEND
Inked by RICHARD FRIEND
Lettered by SAL CIPRIANO
Colored by JEROMY COX
Variant cover by DAVID FINCH and RICHARD FRIEND
Edited by RICKEY PURDIN, MIKE MARTS
Batman Created By Bob Kane
Out of all the Bat titles, I think the Dark Knight is the only one to have showcased all of Batsy’s marque villains within five issues. (With exception of the Joker of course.) The Scarecrow has been given the center stage for issue #5 with his fear inducing toxin! There’s a twist however. Instead of making Batman face his worst fears, he takes the fear out of him with a special formula that causes him to get all big and beefy just like the inmates who tried to escape Arkham.
To make matters worse, juiced up Batman does the muscle-bound tango to the Man of Steel, and all Hell breaks loose. But the question is, has Batman truly lost control of himself, and will Superman be able to hold back enough without killing Batman? If Batman’s ability to come back from the dead is telling enough for you, then I don’t know how to help you figure this question out.
One thing that’s true about the Batman legacy, he has the most interesting arsenal of villains in superhero history. The Scarecrow has a fierceness and terrifying stature that makes him absolutely perfect for this title. (Face it, the Dark Knight is the darkest of all the Bat books thus far.) I’ve never had an issue with the Scarecrow making an appearance in any of the DC books. I did wonder how well he was integrated into this particular storyline however. Maybe I’m being to picky about the purpose behind the Dark Knight, but I felt that the Scarecrow’s part in this story was faulty and could have been handled better.
I’m trying very hard to not jump ahead with what’s going on with DC and their books, attempting to keep the joy of not knowing what’s going to happen alive and kicking inside my creative aura. However, the predictability of this title (so far) has been almost unbearable. I’m still enjoying it, but holy crap can I see the twists coming from a mile away!
Obviously Bane is going to reveal himself as the mastermind behind the prison riots and carnage. The man who broke the Bat HAS to come back, otherwise nothing that’s happened will make much sense with the Scarecrow leading the charge.
Now was it just me or was Superman’s involvement in the story a bit over done? I understand the purpose behind it…show Batman’s new mutated strength against Supe’s natural strength and all other arguments have been laid to rest right? On the other hand, who doesn’t enjoy seeing Supes and Bats go at it tooth and nail? If only someone would actually write a legitimate fight sequence against the two, then finally we could know once and for all who is the strongest!
Where literary substance is lacking, it’s made up for it in gorgeous artwork by David Finch. Of course, I’d recommend picking up the Finch cover on #5 with color and not the black and white rendition. It’s hard as can be to make out what’s going on in the artistic world of David Finch when only in white and shades of grey.
The Dark Knight is a fun title despite its total lack of literary substance. If you’re a fan of Batman, The Dark Knight is definitely one to have in your collection.
7 Out Of 10 Stars