Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #1 - Review

Lindelof and Lemire deliver digital Batman

It’s been six months since Batman first appeared on the streets of Gotham. He’s got his method, his means, and apparently no weakness. But someone decides that The Dark Knight needs some humility in his life. On a routine patrol, Batman soon learns that he’s not as indestructible as he thought.

Written by Damon Lindelof and drawn by Jeff Lemire, this issue of the newly revived Legends of the Dark Knight was a very dark and interesting look at Batman’s ego. Lindelof gives us a very gritty Batman, much like the one from The Dark Knight Returns, and shows us what it would be like to have your head grow large underneath the cowl.

Lemire’s art was really fun in this issue. I’ve been a fan of his creator-owned series for a long time, and it was a delight to see him tackle a mainstream character like Batman. We even get a great shot of the rogue’s gallery, showcasing Lemire’s ability to draw all of the greatest Gotham villains.

The absolute best thing about this issue is the price tag. At only .99, you can’t afford to miss this digital first series.

With all that being said, I did have a problem with how Batman was portrayed in one scene where he’s apparently drinking with Alfred. It isn’t clear at the end of the scene whether he’s drunk or not, but Batman/Bruce Wayne doesn’t drink. At least, that’s always been my understanding. This could be a rare occasion when he does, when his ego is getting the better of him, but it seemed a little out of character to me.

Despite that one problem it’s still a really good read. And considering that it’s just under a dollar for a 23-page comic, it’s well worth your time. To be honest, it's getting its rating because of the strong art. The story was good, but the art was a bit more fun.

RATING: 7/10

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