Batman: The Dark Knight #1
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Batman: The Dark Knight #1

Writer: David Finch Artist: David Finch Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 29, 2010 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 3
7.3Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

Comics superstar David Finch takes full creative control (both writing and illustrating!) on this brand-new Batman monthly series! Joined by the best of the best Scott Williams on inks, this new series is sure to be on everyone's must-read pile! Delving into the more supernatural and esoteric areas of Gotham City, the 6-part storyline explores the horrific murder of one of Bruce Wayne's childhood friendsand the terrible ramifications the brutal crime has on Batman's life!

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Robert Tacopina Jan 2, 2011

    If there was any flaw to be found in this stellar premiere issue, it was the confrontation between Batman and one of his two famous foes that are present in this first chapter of Golden Dawn. My nitpick is merely the fact that when Batman is in a stranglehold by his vastly stronger adversary, he relies on bringing a marquee down on top of his opponents head which serves to knock his foe down face first to the sidewalk--thus creating a huge pool of blood. Yet, a second later, Batman has contained his enemy and is interrogating him with no signs of the just-concluded struggle. It just seemed like convenient storytelling that a sign, which wasnt particularly huge, would be capable of taking down such a behemoth of a monster. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - DS Arsenault Dec 30, 2010

    I'm more of a Grayson-Batman fan than a Wayne-Batman fan, but Finch hooked me very personally to Bruce's newest quest and I'm signing on for the whole ride. Pick it up. The art alone is worth the price of admission. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Jan 1, 2011

    I'm not a big fan of Global Batman, nor do I care for Outer Space Batman, rather I enjoy the tales that involve a lot of mystery and detective work, and this issue does deliver that up... in a way. Batman and mystical elements don't always work for me, which is why I'm surprised I enjoyed this issue so much. If I had to cut 18 books from my pull list and only keep one Batman title, The Dark Knight would be the front runner right now. The Dark Knight #1 is worth picking up and earns 4.5 out of 5 Stars. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Dec 30, 2010

    I'll be hanging around through the first story arc, but unless the quality of the story picks up, that'll be it for me. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    cxPulp - Walt Kneeland Jan 2, 2011

    As a first issue, this is fairly take-it-or-leave-it; though seems it'd be well worth picking up if you're a fan of Finch's art in particular. As far as the story, and this being only the opening's too soon to pass judgment on the whole of the story or this as a standalone, ongoing series. But based only on this issue, I can't help but feel that this is a generic Batman arc, and I'm not sure I'm interested enough in the story to stick around for another issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Thom Young Jan 2, 2011

    Overall, Batman: The Dark Knight is a satisfying addition to the franchise--at least for now. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Jan 4, 2011

    Finch's dark and gritty style certainly suits the title character and his world fairly well, and pairing him with Scott Williams, perhaps best know for bringing definition to Jim Lee's pencils, was a smart move. Of course, Williams' work doesn't hide Finch's style, so we're still presented with a number of those squat faces for which the penciller is well known. It's most apparent in the opening scene in the oddly horizontal faces of young Bruce and Dawn Golden. I must admit I do like the artist's grotesque interpretation of the Penguin; apparently, he takes some cues from Tim Burton's vision of the villain from Batman Returns, and Finch's Batman looks as cool and intimidating as he should be. He's clearly inspired by Frank Miller here, but by other artists' interpretations of the character. I was reminded of the styles of Norm Breyfogle and even Irv Novick. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comic Book Resources - Timothy Callahan Dec 29, 2010

    And maybe that's okay for a Batman story, but in a world where Batman's incorporated, hopping around the globe on adventures, this opening issue feels regressive, inert, and not particularly worth reading. Read Full Review

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