Wednesday, June 27, 2012
SPOILERS: Batman - The Dark Knight #10
Sewing his lips together, a dark and mysterious figure (I wonder who it is!?) walks down a flight of steps, where a young girl is sobbing, pleading to be let go. The figure introduces himself as the Bogeyman, telling the girl he is going to teach her about fear, as he begins to spray her with an orange colored gas.
Elsewhere, in Wayne Manor, it seems Bruce has a new girlfriend, a pianist named Natalya. They sit at the piano, exchanging words, and innuendos, until Alfred comes in. Already all too familiar with what's going to happen, Natalya says to herself everything Alfre and Bruce are saying, before they say it, fully expecting Bruce to leave abruptly. Sure enough, Alfred tells Bruce the police have found another child, and off he goes.
With the police stakeout, Gordon and some other police watch as the girl we met earlier is dropped off, dazed and unaware of anything around her. The car dropping her off begins to try and make an escape, putting the lives of civilians in danger. Before the car crashes into a maternity clinic, Batman swoops in, kicks the guy out of his car, takes the wheel, and spins into the breaks before any damage is done... like a boss.
Demanding to know who hired him to drop off the girl, the only thing Bruce gets out of the thug is "The Hollow Man"
On the roof of the GCPD, Gordon meets with Bruce, as he expresses his frustration with how long this case is taking. Bruce notices something's bugging Gordon, who let's Bruce know that something about the driver reminded him of James Jr, and how tired the city has made him. Surprisingly enough, this time it's Gordon who pulls a vanishing act on Bruce.
At child protective services, Bruce sneaks into the room where the girl, Clair, is being held. He quietly asks her if she can remember anything about the whole ordeal. All she can do is look up at him, and begin to cry, so with out asking anymore question, Bruce sits down with her, and holds her hand.
In the Batcave, while Bruce sits at his computer, Damian comes up to him telling him he's thought about all their talks recently about his violence problem. He tells his father that he thought it would be good to let him know that he's at least been listening. Bruce turns around asking "huh?" With the fact that his father isn't listening to him, Damian takes the opportunity to storm out the room.
Gordon gets home, and does his usual routine of giving the hobo near his house some change, going in, and getting ready to take a shower. But as he turns on the water, fear toxin comes out, causing him to trip fucking balls, and hallucinate. He sees what he considers his two greatest failures, his daughter, with a blown out spine, bleeding from the abdomen, and his son, in a straight jacket, both asking him why he failed them.
Elsewhere in Gotham, Bruce shows up at Natalya's apartment, as she sits in a sweatshirt, having trouble at the piano. Natalya asks if Bruce can skip the charity event, and just sit there in support, giving her confidence, but Bruce points out how it's a benefit for children, blah blah. Natalya calls him out, saying he cares for everyone he doesn't know, but finds every day things trivial, pointing out to him that the every day things are what life is made up of. With that, Bruce gets shown the door.
Back at Gordon's house, his assailant walks in, finding Gordon on his knees, still feeling the effects of the fear toxin. One Mr. Jonathan Crane, aka the Scarecrow, "comforts" Gordon, letting him know it's just the beginning.
Great first start for Gregg Hurwitz on the title. If there is one thing that you really get here, that you didn't in the first arc, is a sense of clear direction. This is a story about Scarecrow, that's the core. Direction, above all else, is what this title really needed. One thing I didn't like about the first issue in Hurwitz's run, is the fact that it felt a little bit disjointed. There was a lot of scenes jumping everywhere, and never really seemed to have any smooth transition between them. At most though, it's a minor complaint.
Finch's art was pretty damn good as well. His scarecrow stuff from the first arc was a big highlight, so I'm glad to see him revisiting it now, and his redesigned Scarecrow is even more fucked up looking than before. If there was one artistic drawback, it would have to be the colors, here and there. Now, don't get me wrong, Sonia Oback is a greatly talented colorist, no denying that. It's just that at some points, her colors didn't seem as dark as they should be. A lot of the night time scenes, I never really got a night feeling, and the bat cave looked pretty damn well lit. Also, on page 10, it really looks as if some of the colors bleed over the lines so to speak. But, like I said... she is a great colorist, but relatively new to Gotham, so I'll give her some slack.