New 52 – Batman: The Dark Knight #0 review

These reviews will be short and sweet this week since I’m still in LA and don’t have a whole lot of time on my hands. Basically there were four books that came out yesterday, I read them all last night, and now that it’s 24 hours later I can say that this is how I would rank them according to how memorable they all were.

1. Talon

2. Teen Titans

3. Batman: The Dark Knight

4. Batman Inc.

None of these comics were particularly bad, but none of them satisfied quite as some of the earlier zero issues I’ve read this month. Talon and Teen Titans stand out the most. Talon is something you should give a chance to because it’s new and has an ambitious creative team behind it and the retconning of Tim Drake’s past in Teen Titans should be read because it will give you and your friends plenty to discuss.

This comic right here, Batman: The Dark Knight #0, would be fine for new readers who didn’t know Bruce’s parents were killed by a guy named Joe Chill…but new readers like that don’t really exist, do they? The comic doesn’t really cover anything we didn’t see handled a whole lot better in Batman Begins.

Again, it’s not a bad read, but you won’t find yourself flipping through it again anytime soon because it all feels too familiar. There were a few things that aggravated me and I’ll put them in spoilers.

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As for the art, it looked great (except for some shading that looks like it was done with a Sharpie) but the work is split between two artists that look very, very different. I don’t know why DC couldn’t find one person capable of doing an entire issue nor do I know why they would hire two artists with vastly different art styles, but that’s what happened. Both halves of the book look nice, but they do not make for a cohesive reading experience. They don’t complement each other. That said, I’d be happy to see more from either Mico or Juan in the future.

I think Batman: The Dark Knight #0 is an okay comic, but totally skippable.

SCORE: 6.5/10

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