The Dark Knight #1
Thank heavens for this book. The atrociousness that is Batman Inc. is sullying Batman’s image, with Morrison writing some of the most foolish dialogue I’ve ever read in a Batman comic (“How’s about we take them to school! Lord Dead Man!” ...really?). This title brings us back to what makes Batman the gritty, no-holds-barred Dark Knight of Gotham city. How DC can let Grant Morrison have such control over a character this amazing is beyond me. But I digress.
While I lament the fact that David Finch has become a DC exclusive artist (no more gorgeous Marvel covers!), I feel elated in knowing that this is an ongoing title and David Finch is in control. He gets Batman. The opening sequence of this issue is perfect, bringing the reader back to the foundation where Bruce Wayne ceased to exist and the Batman began: his childhood.
The gist of the storyline is: one of Bruce’s childhood friends is murdered, supernaturally, and it will undoubtedly have deep repercussions on his life. While the series is supposedly going to focus on the more supernatural aspects in the Dark Knight pantheon, one thing I noticed right off the bat (pun intended I guess, haha) is how Finch is really focusing on the Dectective aspect. The noir-ish encounter with Killer Croc, and Bruce ruminating over how poorly the impending fight could turn out: brilliant! I love when a writer can incorporate classic villains into new arcs, without using them as a cop-out method. Finch definitely has this down to a science in just one issue, so I’m hoping he can keep it up.
The Dark Knight #1 is an absolute must-buy for any Batfan. It’s dark, gritty and showcases both Batman’s detective skills and Bruce Wayne’s vulnerable side. David Finch’s art is tailor-made for the sharp but bleak universe of Batman. I am on board for this title, 100%.