Batman: The Dark Knight #5

Writer: Paul Jenkins Artist: David Finch Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 25, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 4
5.1Critic Rating
6.4User Rating

When a madman attacks Batman with a new and powerful fear toxin, The Dark Knight visits the coldest and most distant part of his soul. And as his deepest fears resurface, he must rely on old friends to help quell the terrible effects, and to remind him of his true mission as a hero. But what Batman discovers hidden in a moment of courage may change his life forever... for a dark figure from his past has returned the one adversary The Dark Knight truly fears.

  • 7.0
    Heretical Jargon - Heretic Feb 2, 2012

    The Dark Knight is a fun title despite its total lack of literary substance. If you're a fan of Batman, The Dark Knight is definitely one to have in your collection. Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    Outer Realm Comics - Joanna Zee Feb 6, 2012

    The Dark Knight continues to frustrate me, mainly because of moments that have the potential to turn into gold but end up going nowhere. The recycled tropes need to take a hike. I'd like to see something resembling a plot, and I wish the dialogue was more natural. The art, however, is a treat. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    IGN - Poet Mase Jan 25, 2012

    There's plenty of punching to be found in this issue, but, unlike previous issues, the punching is integral to the story rather than being just a detail. Were it not for the well-realized artwork, this book would be yet another miss by the creative team. The highly improbable storyline won't win any awards, and it's hard to believe, in light of issues one through four, that next issue's story will either. Let's just hope that Finch is able to make that book as pretty as this one. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Jan 26, 2012

    It's not a terrible comic, but the consistently poor writing is dragging Finch's name down. I used to look forward to anything he was involved in but I'm beginning to associate his name with a mediocre product thanks to this series. Again, if you just want to see some sweet drawings of your favorite characters punching each other, you're going to love this book. But if you're craving something more, look elsewhere. I will say that the book has gotten better since the first "Call me One-Face!!!" issue. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Jan 25, 2012

    Still though, the fact that I was left wanting more, and actually counted the pages at the end to make sure something wasn't wrong, is the big downfall of this particular issue. Read Full Review

  • 3.8
    Entertainment Fuse - Nicole D'Andria Feb 12, 2012

    This issue was mostly disappointed because of how much (or rather, how little) ground it covered and how quickly it was covered. I could not sit back and laugh at the opening clichs " I was too busy brooding over the $3 I wasted picking up this bland and chauvinistic issue. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comic Book Resources - Chad Nevett Jan 29, 2012

    Since this story is obviously art-driven, it's disheartening to see what little Finch does with what's here. The Scarecrow is a melon-headed comedy act and Batman cowers most of the issue until he becomes a mass of muscles attacking Superman awkwardly. For Batman's hallucinations, Finch draws simple montages of villains and allies, nothing that seems particularly scary, even knowing the inner workings of Batman. Like or dislike Finch's art, it's rarely boring to look at it, and that's what it is here. It seems like someone going through the motions of both a Scarecrow story and a Superman/Batman fight. There's nothing new or exciting. Read Full Review

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