Batman One Dark Knight

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Batman One Dark Knight

Batman One Dark Knight

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You could look at this and say that Jock’s using a shortcut to start off his conclusion, but I think that drawing these panels from Batman’s perspective as he’s trying to find his way through the dark is very effective. Disclaimer: DC Comics provided Batman News with a copy of this comic for the purpose of this review. Also, Gordon tries to dissuade Vasquez from doing the operation on this particular night because the city is all hot and bothered right now - yes, that’s the actual reason he gives! Aside from that great art are some genuine emotional moments that happen along the way, including a subtle moment given to Gordon that re-establishes the WHY of his character.

When a simple GCPD escort goes sideways, Batman finds himself on the wrong end of Gotham City in the middle of a heat wave with a super-villain in tow. The book’s “classic Batman” approach might as easily be its selling point as its downfall, a book that works in the traditional Batman formula but fails to rise above it.

Its angle was the gentrification accelerated by Bruce Wayne's "urban development," and I thought it did a pretty good job while also looking stunning. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Though I’m not sure Vasquez necessarily meant for EMP to escape in a transfer from Arkham Asylum to Blackgate Prison, she does indeed use the opportunity to grab EMP’s son and try to cause EMP to kill him. I would say, however, that the book’s unrelenting, street-level violence put me very much in mind of the classic Jim Starlin/Bernie Wrightson miniseries Batman: The Cult, and a Batman logo from the Starlin era among Jock’s sketchbook cemented that impression.

Comics, after all, is a visual medium and if the art is great you create something that can be revisited for the sake of just enjoying the art.

I notice too that, despite the black-only Bat-symbol on Batman’s chest here, his costume is devoutly gray and blue, even with etched blue eyebrows.

from a temporary holding cell on one side of the city to his permanent home at Blackgate Prison on the other side. It’s like Jock was given too many pages and didn’t know how to properly utilize each one with his pre-written story, which feels especially weird for a seasoned artist as talented as Jock. I'm much more into story than art, but I will recommend this book, while it could have been better I still ended up liking it.

But I was actually surprised when I saw Gordon literally abandoning a wounded Montoya with an unarmed civilian with gangbangers closing in. Among Batman Black Label books that swiftly come to mind — Batman: Last Knight on Earth, Batman: Three Jokers, even Batman: Damned — Batman: One Dark Knight feels the least of these. This definitely belongs in the Black Label imprint because this Elseworlds / Multiverse Batman has a pretty wrecked universe.

Heck, I would have forgiven a lot but even the lettering looks like I did it and not done by a professional. Follow Batman as he traverses block by block across a pitch dark Gotham City while dragging a highly difficult E. Of course I’m not suggesting that there should be an entire fourth issue that deals with just arresting all the criminals, but it’s really just the sudden switch from the war zone to the GCPD rounding up the criminals that I find a little jarring.Ultimately One Dark Knight is a lot of Batman running away from gangsters with guns, mostly indistinguishable one to the next; the strength of the premise — how Batman might change his Batman-ing in the absence of electricity — wasn’t examined enough for my liking. This is definitely one of the better Black Label things for me, I’ve always enjoyed Jock’s work and this one not exception. Rita Vasquez, the head of the Prison Bureau of Gotham City, is in charge of transporting villain EMP From Arkham to Blackgate. A gritty night that consists of just one simple prison transfer ends up giving us one of the coolest one off batman stories I have yet read.



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