A new year for a Dark KnightWritten by Jim Beard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Batman’s had quite a year — you could say that for most of 2010 he wasn’t even himself. That brooding avenger was killed off in 2008 and replaced by the former Robin, but as is the case in most things comic book-ian, he got better. And boy, did he get better. Bruce Wayne, the original Batman, is back with a vengeance in 2011.
Ed Katschke of Monarch Cards and Comics kicks things off as we head into a new year of Dark Knight with a brand-new series titled, appropriately, “Batman: The Dark Knight.” It’s late by several weeks on the schedule but the fever pitch for the inaugural issue couldn’t be hotter. “Fan favorite artist, David Finch, begins his own take on the Caped Crusader in next week’s ‘Batman: The Dark Knight No. 1,’” reports Katschke. “Finch, best known for his Marvel work on ‘New Avengers’ and a series of stunning DC covers — including the currently running ‘Brightest Day’ miniseries — promises a Batman book focusing on the supernatural and esoteric aspects of Gotham City and the first issue features the hero exploring the horrific murder of one of Bruce Wayne’s childhood friends and the terrible ramifications this brutal crime has on his life.”
You may think that Batman and the supernatural go together like peanut butter and jelly but truth be told, it ain’t often so. In more recent times the character’s been mired in a more down-to-earth milieu, leaving the weirder tales to others of his costumed ilk. “Batman: The Dark Knight” is the first such series to focus on this theme, conjuring up visions of comic coolness for the Caped Crusader’s fans.
Batman’s other new book is only on its second issue, so it’s the perfect vehicle for interested parties to take out for a spin. “‘Batman Inc.’ is the latest stop on writer Grant Morrison’s Bat-train and it is proving to be as wildly inventive and entertaining as the rest of his much lauded run,” says Katschke. “Bruce Wayne has ‘outed’ himself as the financier behind the cowl and is now working as Batman to recruit suitable Batman-like vigilantes across the globe. His first stop is the Land of the Rising Sun and the opening two-part story is a great combination of traditional action/adventure excitement with a healthy dose of humor and pathos.”