July 6, 2012

Review: Batman The Dark Knight Issue 10

Gotham is about to experience the psychological terror of the Scarecrow again. He strikes first against Batman's comrades and other victims, in writer Gregg Hurtwitz's debut.

Batman is no stranger to the Scarecrow, especially in the movies and now in the New 52 universe. The Scarecrow along with Bane, fought against the Dark Knight and his Justice League allies in the latter issues of his first story arc, written by Paul Jenkins and artist David Finch. New writer Gregg Hurwitz brings the villain back for another round of psychological warfare against Gotham's greatest hero and those close to him. Hurwitz debut issue portrays Batman somewhat oblivious to the world around him and somewhat distracted. As if he has one hand in every cookie jar while not being able to completely grasp a single cookie at all. His personal relationships with those close to him, seem to be falling apart because he's entirely focused on bringing the criminal element. Then again, it's never been easy for Bruce anyway, considering that being Gotham's unofficial protector has always been a tough job. Hurwitz captures that here and it's interesting what these early ramifications will lead job.

Commissioner Gordon is Scarecrow's high profile victim here after subduing him so easily in Gordon's own home. In fact, is there someone on the police force, who sold Gordon out with his personal address? Hurwitz alludes to the classic Alan Moore story, "The Killing Joke", with Gordon's psychological breakdown. I wonder who Scarecrow's next victim will be but given the capture of Gordon, does the Scarecrow need anymore personal victims than him? 

Hurwitz has delivered a stunning prelude to the Scarecrow's upcoming battle with the Dark Knight. Leaving no stones unturned, Scarecrow goes straight to the jugular with his capture of Gordon. The Scarecrow has brought war right on Batman's doorstep.

Final Verdict: A

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