A girl is found dead in a Gotham landfill, and Batman delves
into the case, he reflects on the dark city he has sworn to
defend. He knows - or thinks he knows - who the killer is,
but when the devastating truth is revealed, the Dark Knight
might not even know himself anymore...
is a bit of an odd creature. It tries to show the Dark Knight
in a new light but doesn't quite succeed the way I'd hoped.
have to be honest and admit that I found my mind wandering
whilst reading this collection - I really did feel that my
time could be better spent on other things. It's not that
this is dire, just that I wasn't particularly struck by the
Batman that Azzarello created. This wasn't really Batman,
but a violent crime lord protecting his turf - making sure
no one messed up his patch.
felt like this Batman would do anything to get the job done
- even kill his enemy. And that, to me anyway, is not what
Batman is about. He should have restrained himself more than
he did and not have lost control. While I appreciate that
Batman must grow with the times, and that to scare Gotham's
underworld he must appear cold and calculating, but this went
a little too far. Maybe, in the future, this is how Batman
will be transformed. But at this present time, it just doesn't
Risso's art is great, just a shame that it accompanies such
a poor story.
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