Batman: The Dark Knight #0

Batman: The Dark Knight #0

Writer: Gregg Hurwitz Artist: David Finch Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 26, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 11
6.4Critic Rating
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Batman takes on the most important case of his career as a detective who murdered his parents? Meet Joe Chill and explore the epic conspiracy to wipe out the Wayne family!

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Jimmy Oct 2, 2012

    Batman: The Dark Knight #0 had a lot to overcome with the frightening solicits, but the story it ultimately told hit on everything I wanted Batman's origins to be. If it weren't for the weirdness of the bum still having Thomas Wayne's watch years later, and the head-bursting pool cue, this would be a five out of five star book for me. As it is, it still earns a great 4.5 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend picking up this issue for the new defining moment of Batman's backstory. DC Comics and Gregg Hurwitz made the right choice with the direction they took here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Sep 26, 2012

    The Batman zero issues have been on a roll. Even though we've had an idea what has transpired during the years Bruce Wayne prepared himself for his mission in life, seeing how they played out along with tiny bits of new revelations has been a blast. It's not possible for us to believe that Bruce would easily accept defeat and give up on trying to get answers about the death of his parents. Seeing the lengths he goes to made for a compelling story. There were some moments where we're forced to stretch our sense of disbelief but that's all part of comic books. This issue shows that there are still fascinating stories that can be told about Bruce Wayne before he became Batman. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Oct 1, 2012

    Hurwitz comes at one of the oldest stories in comics from a unique angle and mostly succeeds, though he only manages to add a mere ounce of fresh air to the Batman mythos. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Sep 26, 2012

    I enjoyed this issue. It was well illustrated (although I'd prefer one artist, but already said that) and well told. Like mentioned above, I enjoy stories that are told in this period, you can't tell a whole lot of them, but this seemed to fit perfectly within the themes of the Zero Month. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    X-Man's Comic Blog - Jason Todd Oct 1, 2012

    This was an interesting issue. It started off slow, but I loved the idea that a young vengeful Bruce was taken advantage of, and he turned around as an adult and went back to that same man, getting his father's watch back and the answers he wanted. It showed how dedicated Bruce is. I also loved that Chill killing his parents was just wrong place, wrong time. There was no plan, no enemies acting on them, just pure, dumb coincidence. That's why Batman works as a vigilante, because he's stopping that from happening to anyone else. If there was someone behind Chill, he'd just go after them and be done, instead of stopping all the crimes he can. And that came across well here. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Oct 1, 2012

    The pencils from both Mico Suayan and Juan Jose Ryp are very inconsistent. Some of the work is gorgeous, lush scenery and dense backgrounds really give the impression of Gotham closing in around Bruce. Some of the characters are well done, particularly young Bruce Wayne. Other characters look too much like Mad Magazine cartoons. At times the detail work is really excellent and at others really overbearing. None of the art in Batman: The Dark Knight #0 is bad, it’s just so inconsistent it takes you out of the story. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Sep 27, 2012

    I think Batman: The Dark Knight #0 is an okay comic, but totally skippable. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Sep 26, 2012

    For reasons unknown, DC also decided to split this issue between two very different artists. It kills the flow of the issue. Mico Suayan and Juan Jose Ryp are both great artists, but their styles look absolutely nothing alike and do not mesh. When Juan Jose Ryp suddenly takes over, it feels like you are reading a different comic book. Sure, it's another nicely written and good looking comic book, but it still feels different. One of these guys should have done the whole issue. Splitting the issue up between to two of them makes about as much sense as retelling the story of Crime Alley. So, in a weird way, I guess it makes perfect sense that DC did this. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Sep 27, 2012

    With all the recent revelations about Batman and the Wayne family history brought up in the "Night of the Owls" storyline, it's not a bad thing to see a more straightforward, back-to-basics take on the story of Joe Chill. The only real problem is that we've already seen this so many times, that even something that is a good idea overall ends up being a bit of a poison pill. I applaud Hurwitz for taking on this story, but given the amount of times we've seen it already, I'm not sure there's much more he could have done with it in the first place. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Read Comic Books - Cody Mudge Sep 27, 2012

    Ill quickly explain the marks you see below. The story is actually well-written, the art is good too. But the overall value of the book, seeing as how it contributes nothing of real substance to the series, is quite low. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Galactica - Girish Kumar Sep 27, 2012

    While reading, I realized that there was a change in the art style; it was almost like reading another comic. I was wondering how this happened and then I turned to the cover and realized that there are two different writers for this! They have completely different styles and they do not mesh together! Both of them are great artists but only one should have done the artwork. So, I didn't like this issue much. It was a real low for the Batman series. Read Full Review

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