art by: Jonathan Sibal & Gary Frank
cover by: Gary Frank
written by: Geoff Johns
published by: DC-Comics (2015)
It’s here – the sequel to the #1 New York Times bestseller and critically acclaimed BATMAN: EARTH ONE by the superstar creative team of writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank! While Gotham City is plunged into terror by an enigmatic anarchist and killer calling himself The Riddler, the Dark Knight must reconcile the increasingly conflicting ideologies of Detective Jim Gordon and Bruce Wayne’s head of security, Alfred Pennyworth. But there are many more mysteries lurking within Gotham City, including the secret agenda of Harvey Dent and the bizarre creature prowling the sewers – Killer Croc!
This comic was a big surprise. Seriously, i finished it during a lunch break and desperately wanted to tell someone about my enthusiasm (i did not, nobody who would understand was there).
Bruce Wayne is more confident in his nightly activities in this volume, but the whole book is still about the journey of the Dark Knight and his rouges gallery. And while this might sound like a boring concept, i feel like this is the Batman we should have gotten wenn DC-Comics relaunched their line with the new52.
What excited the most was how Killer Croc is handled in this version. And it asks the question that most Batman readers ask these days: Wouldn’t it be better if Bruce Wayne used his name and money to help people instead of punching them dressed up as a bat? The whole thematic is much more complex, but in one scene we wittness one of Batmans most gruesome villians embracing his humanity.
Yes, it is a very straightforward and almost predictable read otherwise, but there are enough small suprises that makes it feel like a fresh approach and addition the the mythos of the Dark Knight.
You can get Batman-Earth One vol.2 at The Book Depository.
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