As The Dark Knight, So The White Knight (Detective Comics #1004 Review)

Story & Words Peter J. Tomasi

Penciller Brad Walker

Inker Andrew Hennessy

Colorist Nathan Fairborn

Letterer Rob Leigh

Cover Walker/Hennessy/Fairborn

Variant Cover Mark Brooks

Last Issue

Damian has been captured by the Arkham Knight. What’s strange about this one is, he’s undetectable to Batman. After tracking down his last known location, both Bruce and Alfred become rather concerned. When we find Damian, he’s surrounded by some of Arkham Asylum’s finest guests, shouting for the death of the bat’s favorite bird. The Arkham Knight realizes this isn’t conducive to recruiting Robin to their cause. In a moment of clarity, she lets him leave. Robin regroups with his father and they run to find the lair he just escaped, only to find one person left – someone who knows the name of the Arkham Knight: Astrid Arkham.

This Issue

Bruce and Damian have stumbled upon Astrid’s father, who is more than cooperative in telling them about his daughter. Needless to say, it’s rather extraordinary. Her parents were both psychiatrists at Arkham. Ingrid was great with the patients. She was loving, yet firm, and created relationships with the inmates as people and as well patients. Not long after they wed, the couple was expecting. Since they worked in an asylum, Dad worried greatly about his wife. And then his nightmares were finally realized…

Thoughts

This is a wonderful origin story for this new villain. I’m very much impressed with how Tomasi is able to turn this Jason Todd spinoff and make her into her own very genuine and significant character – someone I would call Batman’s true negative, and a proper new nemesis. Brad Walker’s artwork in all of this is fantastic as well. Something about the way he’s been drawing this new villain steers me in a manner that wants this to be the standard model for her. Sharp, clean and formidable.

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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
This is setting up to be a very exciting showdown. Astrid feels like the villain that not only Bruce but we the readers need. If done right, this could have some clout in the future. I can't wait to see what happens next.
Good
  • Fantastic Attention To Detail
  • Great Use Of Motif
  • Great Character Development
  • Overloading Excitement
Bad
  • I Don't Have Enough
10
Perfect
Direction - 10
Cohesion - 10
Flow - 10
Ambiton - 10
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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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