Review – Batman: The Knight #2

Review – Batman: The Knight #2

Review – Batman: The Knight #2

Writer: Chip Zdarsky

Artist: Carmine Di Giandomenico

Colours: Ivan Plascencia

Lettering: Pat Brosseau

Publisher: DC Comics

Release Date:  16rg Feb 2022

Alternative Cover: Riccardo Federici

2. Summer Knights in Paris

Bruce Wayne’s journey toward becoming the Dark Knight has begun, and he has many hard lessons to learn before his education is complete. His adventure begins in the City of Lights, Paris, where he’ll train with a world-renowned cat burglar and come into contact with a horrifying serial killer stalking the city’s wealthy elite…

Writer: Chip Zdarsky

In Paris, an American family are slaughtered by a serial killer who takes teeth as souvenirs. Bruce Wayne is bored, after learning and beating the world fencing champion in less than two weeks, that night he decides to roam the rooftops until he sops a cat burglar. Thinking he can stop her she easily evades him and the next day boldly shows up to proclaim she will teach him her ways. As Bruce drops down the rabbit hole and focuses on learning skills he will need to achieve his mission to catch criminals before they make victims her struggles with the lines that need to be blurred for the greater good.

As with issue #1, Zdarsky creates a raw and unfinished Batman that’s all fury and limited skills. His best moment is when captured by an officer he chooses to escape with a jewellery box rather than stop, it leads to him being shot in the leg. Bruce later recounts that all he could focus on was 100% on saving the box and is worried about what this bodes for his future. It’s a really interesting use showing Batman almost recognising the impact vigilantes cause.

Artist: Carmine Di Giandomenico

Di Giandomenico’s style of artwork hones Zdasky’s script perfectly from the scowling and petulant Bruce constantly frustrated by the confident Lucie, the Grey Shadow cat burglar. She shines brightly on every page grinning broadly as Bruce makes mistakes and she takes him under her wing. You can see why Bruce has a thing for cat burglars moving forward.

Overall Thoughts

This stranger in s strange land take on the Dark Knight evolution is an interesting tale but cramming in the serial killer seems a bit of an overkill. The story was already strong enough with confident Lucie and petulant Bruce adding an array of skills to him and providing a blueprint to how his other skills will be learned. Sometimes less is more but still a worthwhile read.

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