Batman: The Dark Knight #20

Batman: The Dark Knight #20

Writer: Gregg Hurwitz Artist: Ethan Van Sciver Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 22, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 4
3.8Critic Rating
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Its the penultimate chapter of the definitive Mad Hatter storyand not everyone makes it out alive!

  • 5.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke May 22, 2013

    This issue started off very slow and sloppy and ramped up when it divulged the Mad Hatter's backstory. With his backstory out of the way the story has resorted to another by-the-numbers Bat caper we can easily predict. I won't spoil anything here, but the concluding page makes me wonder if it's poor timing considering Batman just lost Damian. We shall see in the concluding issue next month. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers May 22, 2013

    From an art perspective, this was pretty good, but from the story side of things is just a big swing and a miss. On top of the beating and murder of Natalya, my complete lack of care for the character leaves me unable to feel anything about the conclusion of this issue, past my problems with how it got there. To feel nothing is almost worse than just straight up not liking it, and that's where I'm at... it's just unfortunate. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry May 23, 2013

    Oh well, at least there's only one more issue of this arc. It has gone on for long enough and in the past two issues has turned into a predictable snooze. A blood-soaked snooze, but still a snooze. And if anyone wants that band name “Blood-soaked Snooze” You're free to take it. Since issue #20 is only accessible to readers who have been with this arc from the beginning, those are the only folks I can recommend this to. If you're dead-set on seeing this story through to the end then fine. But if your interest has been waning, you can probably just flip through this in the comic shop. It's a very quick read. The thing about Batman: The Dark Knight #20 isn't that it makes me all that angry or disappointed, it's that I can clearly see that the events that happen are intended to elicit great emotion, but I felt nothing. Read Full Review

  • 2.3
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey May 22, 2013

    Szymon Kudranski's art takes a major nosedive here, too. The layouts are funky and awkwardly staged. The characters stand in strange, inhuman-like poses. At times it is nearly impossible to tell what exactly is happening from panel to panel. Did she just scratch his face? I guess that's what happened? Maybe? The strangest moment comes towards the end when a character is just laid on top of the existing panels. It looks like an afterthought, which is quickly becoming par for the course in this series. Read Full Review

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