Batman: The Dark Knight #21

Batman: The Dark Knight #21

Writer: Gregg Hurwitz Artist: Ethan Van Sciver Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 26, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 1
5.3Critic Rating
6.0User Rating

The grand finale to the origin of The Mad Hatter is here as Batman's quest for vengeance reaches its conclusion.

  • 8.4
    Analog Addiction - Jideobi Odunze Jun 27, 2013

    It was a great issue for the action, though that was really about it when you step back and reflect on what you read. It would have been great to really know what was going through his mind at the time, but it seemed like they focus was more on putting a knife in his side and twisting it to see how far Batman would go for justice. Not bad but it leaves you wanting more from it than you got. The artwork on the other hand was solid and gave you a good image of how brutal Batman can be when crossed. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Jun 26, 2013

    It's an unsatisfying and predictable conclusion to a story arc that author Gregg Hurwitz should've ended about three months ago but returning artist Ethan Van Sciver blew me away with one of the best looking issues of Batman: The Dark Knight yet so I'm conflicted with my recommendation on this one. It's a book that I like to have because I appreciate the artwork so much, but I won't be reading the speech bubbles ever again. This series could be great but it needs to drop the Penny-One/Bat-One nonsense, pick up the pace so it can tell a story in under 6 issues, and find a way to set itself apart from the other bat-titles beyond the gore. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Jun 26, 2013

    I think this issue/arc just sort of forgot it's place in the grand scheme of things. I'm not trying to insult the book or anything, but for this book to suggest some of the things it did... yeah, it's not the flagship title, by any means. Ultimately, I think those elements just tarnished what this book does well, which is tell stories with classic characters, that may have been lost in all the hype of the new in the New 52. That said, the final fight was entertaining, and again, it had great art. Hopefully going forward, this title shortens things up a little bit, and sort of just levels itself out. Read Full Review

  • 3.0

    Overall though, I think there's a good story within these pages, but they should have either filled only 3 issues, or something else should have been added. As it stands this story wasted time and some interesting ideas and became yet another comic solved by punching. Read Full Review

  • 2.5
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Jun 26, 2013

    Ethan Van Sciver returns to art on this issue, and delivers some good Batman pages. Unfortunately, those good pages are also mixed with confusing action, direction, and scenery. It makes for a bizarre read, a jumbled tale that could have been " and should have been " better. Even those really good pages are wasted on a story that carries no weight, heft, or emotion. At least it's over and we can all move on. Read Full Review

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