Batman: The Dark Knight #3
The somewhat spaced out series, BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT, had its third installment released this week. The ever popular cover artist from BRIGHTEST DAY, David Finch, continues to stretch his creativity by writing and penciling this newer Batman run. I was hoping the lull in time wasn’t going to kill the momentum of this comic.
Issue #3 opens with a demon “who’s bigger contest”, then quickly jumps to the girl who hijacked the Batmobile in the last issue being instructed by Alfred. We then see a tired Jim Gordon and a gluttonous Harvey Bullock. Gordon is talking about the new youngster who is out for his job only to find that he is standing right behind him and doesn’t see this as quite a friendly competition. Held hostage by Killer Croc, Batman finds himself talking to Penguin in his hospital room. Penguin reveals his reason for such a dislike towards Miss Dawn Golden and lets Batman know he left him a little present. Croc high tails it out and Batman quickly gets Dawn. Later and back at the hospital, we discover the identity of Penguin’s newest partner.
Finch’s writing is impeccable. He catches the world of Batman wonderfully. Finch seems to grasp the gritty feeling of Gotham and it’s under belly extremely well. The dialogue flows nicely, and the artwork is just as on point as his covers. Throughout the issue, Finch never loses any of that dark detail I’ve come to love about this Gotham. Also, a quick kudos to inker Scott Williams who did a wonderful job with the deep and dark shadows in this issue.
This is a great series, and I highly suggest it to any Batman fan. The only issue is that it takes so painfully long for each issue to come out. It’s like the LADY MECHANIKA of DC comics. The comic actually dropped half a point because the sheer fact that the production takes so long, causing the story to somewhat lose its momentum. If it got on a more consistent month-by-month release, this would be one of my favorites DC puts out.