The GeeksverseBatman: The Dark Knight #1

Batman: The Dark Knight #1
Published on Thursday, December 30, 2010 by

Published by: DC Comics
Written, Penciled and Cover by: David Finch
Inked by: Scott Williams
Colored by: Alex Sinclair
Lettered by: Dave Sharpe
Associate Editor: Janelle Siegel
Editor: Mike Marts
Covers: A- David Finch; B- Andy Clarke

I really wasn’t sure what to expect from this. I knew the art would look good. It is David Finch afterall and I’ve always been a fan of his from his Cyberforce days to present. But I can’t remember him writing before (I don’t think he wrote Ascension, his creator owned Image story, I think he had a co-writer) so wasn’t sure how it would end up being. It would look good, but would it read good?

I’m glad to say that it does.

This was a good Batman tale. All the pieces are there. But surprisingly Finch hits all the emotional pieces and has a pen for detail.

There’s the emotional connection between Bruce and the missing girl, that causes an already obsessive personality to obsess even more. And Finch’s writing carries all the right notes. It’s the little things that he seems to excel at. The narration during the fight is exceptionally well done. Simple but effective. Not overdone but just the right amount of words to go along with the action.

I also like how Finch drops us into the story. We don’t see her kidnapping, we just see the results as Bruce and the Police start looking for her. We’re giving just enough from Killer Croc that we know that something is seriously wrong. What well respecting socialite ends up with Croc? Finch lets the interrogation of Croc provide the clues and set the scene.

I don’t know if the package would work as good if there was another artist. I think it works because Finch can write to his strengths and he knows exactly what he wants to convey. He’s always been a good penciler, but this is some of his finest work. It’s hard to show emotion on a face like Killer Crocs but he manages to do it.

Batman: The Dark Knight receives
5 out of 5

Pleasantly surprised at how good this was.

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