Batman, The Dark Knight Vol. 1: Knight Terrors
Collection: Batman, The Dark Knight #1-9 © 2011-2012
Publisher: DC Comics © 2012
Writers: Paul Jenkins, David Finch, Judd Winick, Joe Harris
Pencils: David Finch, Ed Benes
Inks: Richard Friend, Rob Hunter, Jack Purcell
Colors: Alex Sinclair, Jeromy Cox, Sonia Oback
Letters: Sal Cipriano, Steve Wands
Collection Cover: David Finch, Richard Friend, Alex Sinclair
The artwork of Batman, The Dark Knight Vol. 1: Knight Terrors by Finch and Benes is spectacular. Great detail, great angles and layouts. Plus some creative paneling that has a nice flow and arrangement to them. The real awesomeness lies in their character portrayals, which are highly-detailed and well-drawn. I particularly loved Scarecrow’s New 52 look. The costume is similar to old designs but with more updated improvements. What’s great about him is that Crane actually looks super-creepy now.
Richard Friend, Rob Hunter and Jack Purcell also did a great job accentuating and defining the pencil work with their inks. Great muscle definition mixed with heavy and sometimes overpowering shadow. Like making the suits at the black-tie event solid black, with no defining lines other than outside borders. This has the effect of allowing the character’s pose and posture to define the look instead of definition. I think it’s a fun style to play with.
The coloring work on Batman, The Dark Knight Vol. 1: Knight Terrors by Alex Sinclair, Jeromy Cox and Sonia Oback was awesome. They all show great skill in light angles and color and shading variations. The characters pop out from the background. It looks pretty cool. The skin coloring in particular was amazing. It has layers of colors like a good painting, utilizing various shades and hues that combine to make a very real flesh-look. As an artist, I was impressed. The letters, though different fonts were used by Sal Cipriano and Steve Wands, were of a good size and layout. This makes the dialogues and narratives easy to read.
The writing of Batman, The Dark Knight Vol. 1: Knight Terrors by Paul Jenkins, David Finch, Judd Winick and Joe Harris was fantastic. I loved this story. Jenkins, Finch, Winick and Harris have Batman struggling from one grueling battle to the next in a way only the Dark Knight can do. I think the writers really show Bruce’s tenacity and his inner-strength in a way that is fun and entertaining to read. My favorite encounters had to be Scarecrow and Bane. Those were well choreographed and awesome fights. Really fun to read. I like how the writers are making Scarecrow a more major villain in the Bat-verse, with a much greater seat at Gotham’s table.
Batman, The Dark Knight Vol. 1: Knight Terrors finds the inmates of Arkham Asylum unleashed on the streets of Gotham City. Even scarier than that: the inmates are super strong and acting like psychotic rabid-dogs. But they are not the architects of this chaos. He or she has yet to be revealed. Batman must fight Scarecrow, Bane, Two-Face, Mad-Hatter, the Talons of the Court of Owls and many others as he tries to catch the elusive White Rabbit and solve this maddening mystery before it’s too late. Plus, The Flash, Superman and Wonder Woman!
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