“Batman: The Dark Knight #1”
Written by DAVID FINCH
Art by DAVID FINCH & SCOTT WILLIAMS
Cover by DAVID FINCH; 1:25 Variant cover by ANDY CLARKE; 1:200 Sketch variant cover by DAVID FINCH
On Sale December 29, 2010
DC Comics; 32pg.; Color; $3.99 US
DC Comics launches another new Caped Crusader-focused series this month that carries the title “Batman: The Dark Knight.“ December’s issue is Part One of a six part story entitled “Golden Dawn.” Strangely, this first issue didn’t have the “Batman Incorporated” logo on it which leads me to believe that it might not follow that timeline or storyline. Maybe it’s other stories that happen in-between “Batman Incorporated”, “Detective Comics”, and the other “Batman” titles. Needless to say, it was good.
“Batman: The Dark Knight #1” revolves around “Bruce Wayne (who) has returned to a dark and gritty Gotham City, and now his past is back to haunt him. Childhood friend Dawn Golden has gone missing and is presumed dead – and she’s not the only one. Is Bruce ready to solve the mystery and deal with the terrible ramifications the brutal crime might have on Batman’s life?”
Writer David Finch creates a very sinister and gothic atmosphere for this tale of missing persons, deadly drugs, and mysterious murder. “Batman: The Dark Knight #1” features both Killer Croc and the Penguin as leads to the disappearance of Ms. Golden and her possible whereabouts. Both characters look exceptionally vile and grotesque, adding to the disturbing aura of the story. Promises of supernatural elements in the promotional material are really not delivered in this issue. That may be on it’s way in the next couple of parts.
“Batman: The Dark Knight #1” was penciled by writer David Finch, inked by Scott Williams, and colored by Alex Sinclair. The culmination of these three artists brings about darkly realistic illustrations that all take place at night and never touch on bright hues or the daytime. Basically, the only bright colors and scenes we see are in the first four pages.
If you’re a fan of The Dark Knight, I’m positive that you will be following this title as well as all the other “Batman” ones out there. This really focuses on Batman’s talent as a detective and crime-solver. “Batman: The Dark Knight #1” does a great job of pulling you in and will remind hardcore fans of the very first “Detective Comics” back in the 30s.