Batman Dark Knight #9 One tie in to Avoid

Batman Dark Knight #9

Story By: Judd Winnick

Art By: David Finch


This was the first issue of the Dark Knight I decided to pick up. There were two reasons for this . First David Finch wasn’t writing this issue, those duties were given to Judd Winnick. Also Red Robin was on the cover and I was interested to see what Winnick could do with Tim Drake as a character. Sadly neither one of these two things came to reality.

The issue focuses on another Talon by the name of Alton. This is the same Talon who was assigned to murder Lincoln March. Batman stopped the Talon with March’s help. It’ and odd choice to focus on a Talon who had little impact on the overall story in the first place.

David Finch’s art this issue is more of what you would expect from him as an artist. Fights scenes look great and are drawn with great precision and detail. However I’ve never liked the way he draws facial features and this issue doesn’t do much to change my opinion. I feel like he gives his characters only one expression and find it very hard to discern what age anybody is on the page because they all look like their in the 30’s, even Tim Drake and Damian Wayne look like their in their dirty thirties.

Throughout this issue I was waiting to see if there was going to be a tie in with this character to the Drake family and Red Robin, hell I was waiting to see Red Robin appear in the book . After all Red Robin is on the cover right? Well we finally get to see Red Robin in the book ….for ONE PAGE! He doesn’t say anything he just meets up with Batman , Robin and Nightwing and is directed by Batman to find the Talon who got away. This is one of the biggest issues I have with comics lately. If you have Red Robin on the cover of your book and show him for one page the entire issue you’ve let your core fan base down with false advertising. In the end I took a chance on this book this once and I wont be returning. Stay away from this book and this series.

Review Score: 4/10

Mike DeVivo

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Matthew Sardo
Matthew Sardo
As the founder of Monkeys Fighting Robots, I'm currently training for my next job as an astronaut cowboy. Reformed hockey goon, comic book store owner, video store clerk, an extra in 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon,' 'Welcome Back Freshman,' and for one special day, I was a Ghostbuster.