Batman: The Dark Knight #8

Writer: Paul Jenkins Artist: Ed Benes Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 25, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 2
4.9Critic Rating
4.5User Rating

A series of disturbing events captivates Gotham City as citizens turn on each other all across town. But when toxicology reports turn up negative, it's left to Batman to determine the source of the problem, bringing him into an encounter with Tweedledum and Tweedledee at an entrance to the mysterious "Wonderland." With Jim Gordon occupied on a tragic, high-profile case, and madness beginning to take root across the city, can Batman find the source of it all before it's too late?

  • 7.0
    Heretical Jargon - Heretic Apr 30, 2012

    It's a good issue with only a few minor faults. It's still the “muscle” book as opposed to the “brain” book, but it's as purposeful as should be. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Apr 25, 2012

    It's a passable book, but I wish that Harris had not gone for such a big spectacle with this one-shot. The same thing happened in “Detective Comics” earlier this month. If your story is going to be self-contained in under 32 pages, it's probably best to keep the story small. The best parts of the whole comic are the quiet moments with Gordon at his therapist's office. Why not use these one-and-done episodes to develop character rather than waste one of the A-list Batman rogues (I'm sure some may debate his A-list status, but I think he's a pretty memorable and formidable foe) on a half-baked plot to destroy all of Gotham? Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Apr 25, 2012

    Eeeeh, this was the definition of a filler issue. I mean, it literally is. Paul Jenkins had plans, then got dropped, no reason to start a new arc, Owls are coming up next issue, and Hurwitz then takes over. So they obviously needed a little one and done. I mean... it was average. Nothing good, nothing terrible, just eh. Predictable is probably the best thing I can say, haha. Bene's guest art was good, but it felt like he was mimicking Finch's pencils, which very well may be the case, given the situation. Honestly, unless you're a die hard fan of Mad Hatter for some reason, you're not missing much. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Fanboy Buzz - TommyZimmer Apr 27, 2012

    David Finch did not draw this issue, and his dynamic art which has defined this series is noticeably absent. Ed Benes does an ok of trying to stay within Finch's style but also bring some of his own style to the series. That is where the conflict arises; he should have completed it using his own style. Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Apr 25, 2012

    With so many other Batman books on the stand, it's hard to justify picking up this book. It's not good… at all. Can't Finch just draw variant covers for other series? That'd be a better use of ink and paper. Read Full Review

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