Batman: The Dark Knight #12

Batman: The Dark Knight #12

Writer: Gregg Hurwitz Artist: David Finch Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 22, 2012 Critic Reviews: 10
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BATMAN has been captured by THE SCARECROW, who wants THE DARK KNIGHT to be his guinea pig for the ULTIMATE fear toxin. Don’t miss revelations about THE SCARECROW’s past!

  • 9.6
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Aug 22, 2012

    And that's the real tragedy: that Batman's void can really never be filled because he will never be able to conquer his own fear and ascend to a greater cause. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Aug 22, 2012

    Sooo... yeah. Not the most original of stories, as this kind of issue is pretty much always expected when Scarecrow is involved. That's pretty much my only complaint though, just that we've seen it before, which in turn, really messes around with the pacing of this arc (especially with the #0 issue coming next month). All that being said, I really found the mirrored Scarecrow story to help make this issue feel different than other Bruce hallucinating issues. Hurwitz is managing to add depth to Scarecrow in these broad strokes, as well as little subtle actions, like interacting with one of the abducted kids. That, combined with great, flat out creepy at times art from David Finch, is what really makes the issue stand out from past Scarecrow stories. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - ReadComicBooks Aug 22, 2012

    I am sticking to my guns and encouraging Batman fans to pick up Hurwitz and Finch's The Dark Knight starting with issue #10. For some it might be lost in the see of Bat books but I believe it has risen to a level of importance that has surprised even the most hopeful of us. The sheer awesomeness of the art is worth the $3 price of admission- the entertaining and psychotic story is a wonderful bonus. I'm interested to see where this arc is going even though it isn't clear, I'll definitely be back again for the next installment of this series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopMatters - shathley Q Aug 28, 2012

    Because more than anything, that little tidbit of Rock N Roll lore will put you in exactly the right frame of mind, for the absolutely phenomenal ending to the first year of Batman: the Dark Knight. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Aug 26, 2012

    Overall, disturbing imagery and villainous dialogue prevail in issue #12 but there isn't much of a story at all. The uninitiated will find a lot to love, but we are initiated…aren't we? Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Aug 27, 2012

    Fascinating in parts, and definitely thought through, but both Hurwitz and Finch make some dubious creative choices which prevent this title from rising to a higher level. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Aug 24, 2012

    For an issue that seems solely focused on pitting Batman and his fears vs. Scarecrow and his mastery thereof, we got something relatively satisfying. Finch does most of the work in selling the big moments, but Hurwitz's subtle and dark touch is much appreciated on a book that felt out of place among its peers. As a series that is trying to find an identity for itself outside of the shadow of Snyder and Capullo's series, it has some work to do. Hurwitz has such a keen eye for making legitimate threats out of oddball villains that it would serve the book well to get away from Bruce's past and carve new territory. At least it's become a Batman book worth keeping an eye on, which is more than could be said of it a few months ago. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Aug 22, 2012

    The high point of this issue is the art. David Finch absolutely knocks it out of the park. The book looks dark and brutal, like there is horror and death dripping off of every page. He does some great tricks, too. Scarecrow casts a shadow that looks an awful lot like Bruce Wayne's murdered parents. A young Bruce looks in a mirror a sees a much darker, violent world. It's neat stuff. I'm a Finich fan, and I say with confidence that he is on top of his game here. Batman: The Dark Knight #12 might be a bit boring to read, but it is one awesome looking comic book. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Heretical Jargon - Heretic Aug 26, 2012

    For the most part, this books shines because of its visuals and not so much the story. But, you know, for us seasoned readers, this is a boring book. But for the newbies DC wanted to draw in, this might just be their cup O' tea. I'll let you decide… Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Galactica - Girish Kumar Aug 24, 2012

    In this issue, I don't know where Hurwitz is going with the story. Sadly this was a disappointing issue. The next issue is the #0 and it will be a prequel. Read Full Review

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