[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: Christos Gage
Artist: Raffaele Ienco
Colors: Guy Major
DC Comics has launched a new comic book based on the hit video game, Batman The Telltale Series. Released in 2016, and announced at San Diego Comic Con, the chapter-based story puts you in total control. Your decision making throughout the game changes the course of events for the Dark Knight. Now, the story comes to life in Batman: Sins of the Father.
This new digital-first comic tells the story of events between the first and second seasons. Someone is killing people associated with Arkham Asylum during the time Thomas Wayne was forcibly committing people there. Suspicion falls on the families suing Bruce Wayne to pay for the harm caused by his father. Batman has other ideas, but his investigation leads to him becoming the target of a deadly assassin.
Batman: Sins of the Father gets straight into the action, taking us into the biggest fight Bruce Wayne has faced, the legacy his father has left. Not what you would expect, but a legacy of sin, horror, and punishment. The indiscretions of Thomas Wayne are at the centre of Book #1 and Bruce Wayne is faced with an almighty battle to correct the past and the only way he can do that is to stand strong and do what he believes is right.
The past indiscretions of Thomas Wayne are well articulated through flashback scenes that piece together the current day events. It clearly shows the pressure that Bruce Wayne is under in his current position within Wayne Enterprises, the financial position of the business, and even his own alter ego as the Batman.
As the Batman, we are thrust into the action with the Dark Knight doing what we does best. The opening sequence presents the wraith of the Dark Knight and just when you think he is in trouble, he has the situation sorted with another clever grand plan thanks to his trust technology!
The artwork, colour, tone, and imagery bring the story to life and present well, however there are some captions that present Bruce Wayne in a manner that wasn’t my favourite in comparison to other stories.
Don’t let this deter you though, the action, story and end of the book leave you gasping for more, and if you haven’t played the telltale series, then this book will entice you get in front of the console and have a go as the Dark Knight himself.