Sunday, October 16, 2011

Review the DCnU: Batman: The Dark Knight #1

Batman is one of those characters that can handle multiple titles a month and you know everyone of them is going to sell. So it was again no surprised to see the announcement of Batman: The Dark Knight.   Every one of the books so far has presented a different side to the character then what we have seen in the others.

Batman and characters
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by Paul Jenkins and David Finch

Batman and characters
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Batman and characters
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The first issue of Batman: The Dark Knight is heavy on the action but light on plot. Jenkins and Finch give the readers a fast paced book that is almost quickly forgettable.  The artwork being the strongest sell for this one.

Finch goes all out establishing Gotham as the gritty Gothic city you would expect. While I understand that Bruce plays up his character there were parts of the earlier part of the issue that seemed out of place with how some of these woman were just practically throwing themselves at Bruce and coming out of the woodwork.
Batman and characters
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Batman and characters
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The book really seems to fly by while you are reading it though, and not in the I'm so into the book this is intense sort of way either. You read the book and you are left sitting there with no real substance of the book that sticks with  you.  The plot is essentially Bruce is at a party, woman throw themselves at him, a cop get mad, the convicts are escaping Arkham and the occasional scantily dressed woman is thrown in here and there for seemingly no real purpose at all.

Most of the faults of the book lie in Jenkins lap here. Jenkins really doesn't do much to really make the character care about what's going on. Something that is no easy task for a book dealing about Batman. While I've got no doubt that this book is going to continue to sell well simply because its another Batbook its a real shame that I can see this succeeding and Batwing pretty much going to get the short end of the stick as the months go on.


Batman and characters
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GRADE OF NEW TITLE: This book had its moments, but not many to garner it a high rating.  The art was pretty stellar but the plot was just really average at best.  The book gets a C+ from me mainly because of the artwork saving it.  This is by far the worst of the Batbooks to come out this month.

Batman and characters
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WILL IT SUCCEED: The book has Batman's name on the cover so there is little doubt its going to do well.  That being said Jenkins really should step up his game as he has presented by far the worst of the title characters book to come out and something I am sure of down the road will be reflected in sales numbers.

SHOULD IT SUCCEED: Rarely would I ever say that I don't think a Batbook maybe shouldn't go on.  I am tempted to say that here, but I really think that maybe if this creative team were to focus less on the random half dressed scantily clad woman and worked on building up the plot and dialogue a little bit more this book could be redeemed.  As it stands right now this is really nothing more then just an average superhero comic book.

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