No Knight, Just Vengeance (Batman #56 Comic Review)

Writer Tom King

Pencils Tony S. Daniels

Inks Tony S. Daniels & Danny Miki

Colors Tomeu Morey

Letters Clayton Cowles

Cover Daniels & Morey

Variant Cover Francesco Mattina

Assoc Editor Brittany Holzherr

Editor James S. Rich

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Issue

While fighting a new mummy based villain and his henchmen, Batman and Nightwing are precisely where we had left them in #54. With Dick making serious efforts to cheer up his oldest friend, he proposes a contest. Jump off the building they are currently on and whoever shoots off their grapnel first, loses. Meanwhile, a mysterious one-armed man has arrived in Gotham. No time for fun though, as their contest is cut short by the bat signal. GCPD was called because someone in a diner had left a note on a napkin saying “Who fears the Joker?” Being the anniversary of the war between Joker and The Riddler it was worth looking into. Dick begins to joke about the next new villain when our one-armed man shoots him in the head, concluding the issue.

This Issue

We get what I would call one of the more literal and aggressive approaches to the “one-armed man” trope. Batman is on the hunt for his, and he is not playing around. Shaking down every criminal and assassin he knows to look for a lead as to who could’ve done this. From dropping an excessive amount of ninjas to allowing himself to be locked into an Apokolyptan death trap, there’s no length Bruce will not go to find the man responsible. The beast has been unleashed, Bruce finding a new drive in this investigation and taking out all the negativity of the wedding and Mr. Freeze case along with him. Whoever could have done this, has made a very large mistake. One that I’m not sure how Bruce is gonna handle when he faces the culprit.

 

 

 

 

 

Thoughts

As tragic as the whole thing is, I’m excited to see Batman out here being vengeance and the knight. King does a very nice job of showing us where exactly Bruce is at his best, unhinged. With the shooting of someone who may be argued as close to Bruce as Alfred, Batman has come out his shell so to speak and really pulled out all the stop in this issue. Lending credibility to what Selina said during the wedding issue. Bruce is able to take the pain of his life and forced into this mental engine that keeps Batman chugging along better than he was when things weren’t so stressful for him both outside and inside the cowl.

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Travis Tucker

Travis Tucker

Born in Florida, dragged to California because of Internet dating. Comics have always helped me have a healthy escape when I was younger. As I got older my friends used me as their comic encyclopedia for random trivia. Now, I show my daughter all the stories and characters that helped me through, and being able to share my views on that through reviews is one of my favorite privileges.
Summary
I'm excited to see how this particular conflict concludes. Bruce having almost this new drive for this particular case seems to have breathed new life into Batman doing what some would call impossible in the name of what is very blurred justice and vengeance. We'll see how Bruce handles this issue when the man who shot his first son is presented before him.
Good
  • Great Character Development
  • Compelling
  • Beautifly Written
  • Great use of Motifs
  • Fantastic Writing
  • Pays close attetion to plot
Bad
  • CLIFFHANGER!!!!!! F@?%$
9
Amazing
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Born in Florida, dragged to California because of Internet dating. Comics have always helped me have a healthy escape when I was younger. As I got older my friends used me as their comic encyclopedia for random trivia. Now, I show my daughter all the stories and characters that helped me through, and being able to share my views on that through reviews is one of my favorite privileges.

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