By: David Finch
Publisher: DC Comics
Pub Date: October 9, 2012
Batman is back in this new volume of consisting of the issues 1-9: Knight Terrors, A Rush of Blood, Catch Me If You Can, Welcome to the Jungle, Handful of Dust, Run Rabbit Run, The Final Curtain, The Madness, and I Can No Longer Be Broken.
A mysterious woman dressed as a white rabbit enters into the Arkham injects the inmates with a special venom. An explosion causes chaos inside Arkham. Batman rushes inside, afraid that his old enemy Two-Face has escaped, but to his surprise, Two-Face is very much alive. The venom injected into him has caused him to take on a hulk like appearance and he now refers to himself as One-Face.
Through out the new series, Batman faces off with Clayface, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Deathstroke, Mad Hater, and Bane. He also allies with other superheroes like Robin, Batwoman, Batgirl, Nightwing, Black Canary, Katana, Starling, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Red Robin and Superman.
The new Dark Knight series is less kid friendly and more graphic, especially in the illustrations of the villains. This works effectively as it makes the characters less cartoon-like and more realistic. It was nice seeing the many cameos from the DC comic book world. I would still like to know more about the White Rabbit. Maybe future issues will involve her more. Overall, I like the new art and story direction for Batman: The Dark Knight!
*I would like to thank DC Comics and edelweiss for providing me with a review copy.