Written by Paul Jenkins, Co-Plotted by Paul Jenkins and David Finch, Art by David Finch and Richard Friend, Cover by David Finch
Solicitation Info (from Previews): The Dark Knight struggles against a deadly – yet strangely familiar – foe in this phenomenal debut issue from superstar writer/artist David Finch (BRIGHTEST DAY, ACTION COMICS)! As a mysterious figure slinks through the halls of Arkham Asylum, Batman must fight his way through a gauntlet of psychos, and Bruce Wayne faces the unexpected legal ramifications of Batman Incorporated!
Bias: I don’t know what to make of this. My original thought was that I would hate Detective Comics and Batman: The Dark Knight (written by artists? Pass.) and love Batman. I thought Detective Comics was brilliant and Batman was okay. So where does that leave Batman: The Dark Knight? I’m really not sure, and I’m interested in finding out.
What I liked: Interestingly, it turns out this wasn’t written by David Finch – he only co-plotted the issue. It was written by Paul Jenkins, a writer who has proved himself on more than one occasion, and no less here. The artwork was beautiful and the story was interesting. It was a good, solid book.
What I disliked: More than anything, I think the failure of this book was in the editing. There were several key elements to the story that were strikingly similar to that of Batman #1 (which came out last week). To avoid spoilers, I’ll comment on those in the extended. Thankfully, it looks like where the story goes from here will definitely diverge, but these first issues were a problem.
Verdict: For the Batman books, I would rank this one third (behind Detective Comics at #1 and Batman at #2, but above Batman and Robin at #4). I’ll give it one more issue to distinguish itself.
As always, SPOILERS in comments, including my favorite scene, thoughts on what happened, and questions about what’s to come.