Review: Batman The Knight #2
[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Artist: Carmine Di Giandomenico
Colors: Ivan Plascencia
Letters: Pat Brosseau
Reviewed by: Carl Bryan
“I’m sorry dear. We must have crossed schedules . There’s only supposed to be one burglary tonight” – Lucie/ The Gray Shadow
Chip Zdarksky picks up where Tom Taylor provided us a glimpse of Bruce’s past in Batman: The Detective as Bruce did not become Batman overnight. While Issue #1 weighed in on a troubled youth that provided Alfred some trouble, but taking Dr. Hugo Strange to the mat really quickly, this issue takes on Bruce’s night time agility.
The Gray Shadow…an elusive Cat Burgler is running amock in France and Bruce, after besting a sabre skilled teacher in only two weeks, is now on the path to take down this woman. Not so fast….
Zdarksky is on to something here as Taylor gave us a glimpse into Bruce’s detective training in his book, but Zadarksky doubles down in providing each skill in Batman’s skill set and how he was trained. I like it! It’s a history lesson we have had in pieces, but never like this before!
Carmine Di Giandomenico works with the shadows. The dialogue bubbles that Pat Brosseau provides the inner doubts that Bruce has about this campaign. He doesn’t want to let his parents down and deep down, he doesn’t want to face Alfred’s disappointment either.
How many glimpses into this do we need as educated Batman readers? How many times do we go down this road? What is different? Time will tell with this series as there are overtones of Chip Zdarsky’s work in Daredevil that we do see within these pages…a rookie Bruce probably is what we needed to remind ourselves us and Zdarsky has found a new playground for it!
This particular chapter rings of why Bruce is intrigued with Selina. Days gone by…a mentor infatuation…it’s a new lense for the Selina and Bruce dynamic.
Maybe a lot… the art, the cover art, the script is very solid. Bruce is not cocky, dark nor confident. This book is starting to carve out its place on comic shelves everywhere.