Batman: The Dark Knight #28

Batman: The Dark Knight #28

Writer: Gregg Hurwitz Artist: Ethan Van Sciver Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 26, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 5
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Part one of a two-part story detailing the complex history of Dr. Kirk Langstrom, a.k.a. Man-Bat! How does Man-Bat's past connect to Batman's future?

  • 7.9
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Feb 27, 2014

    I haven't been a huge fan of The Dark Knight and I hate the Man-Bat.  Guess what?  This is one of my favorite issues of this series.  Gregg Hurwitz gives the reader an interesting take on the Man-Bat, it's just a shame it felt a bit rushed.  Ethan Van Sciver's art is as good as expected and makes the book feel more vibrant than usual.  I am actually looking forward to next issue for the first time in a long time. Too little too late is appropriate here, but it's better than too nothing never happened (?!?!?) Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Feb 27, 2014

    Alfred confesses to Batman that of all of his foes, Man-Bat terrifies Alfred the most. In that one conversation, Hurwitz delivers insight to the reader without hesitation or unnecessary filter. That bit of dialog, combined with the more ferocious and bloodthirsty nature of this new Man-Bat makes it quite clear the writer has plans to make this a memorable conflict between the two characters influenced by Chiroptera. As he has done all along, Hurwitz continues to deliver wonderfully succinct stories that don't meander, choosing instead to deliver bang for the buck while treating readers to a wide array of Batman's foes. "Batman: The Dark Knight" #28 may have flown under some readers' radar, especially given that it isn't part of a sprawling epic or crossover, but readers should seek this one out. This is a concise adventure that provides readers with an enjoyable battle between Batman and Man-Bat. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Mar 3, 2014

    As far as story goes, a new Man-Bat is attacking Gotham City. We've already seen Kirk Langstrom as Man-Bat and most recently in Detective Comics backups, we've seen his wife become a “Man-Bat”, and now someone else within the Langstrom family has taken the formula to use on them self. Regrettably, the story by writer Greg Hurwitz isn't the most original. That's not to say it wasn't entertaining, but yet another Langstrom family member using the serum, well it lacks a bit of creativity. And the ending although a cliffhanger for sure, is one of the most common cliffhangers in comics. That being said, Van Sciver's art more than makes up for the lack of originality in the writing and I'll be following this story into next issue because of it. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Feb 28, 2014

    Hurwitz tries to reinvent Man-Bat by tying Kirk Langstrom's past closer to Bruce's and introducing father Abraham Langstrom, a more sinister figure and a much bigger bat-monster. Ultimately it's all rather familiar territory right down to the race for an antidote and the aerial-hand-to-hand fight over the city. You've seen most of this before, but Ethan Van Sciver's artwork makes it all worth your while. His pencils will floor you even if the story isn't all that original or meaningful. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Feb 27, 2014

    The nature of duality is layered on pretty thick as Batman looks into this all new and far more violent version of Man-Bat. Gregg Hurwitz produces a script that moves along well enough, but adds little in terms of character exploration or even wild action. Read Full Review

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