Wednesday, October 24, 2012

SPOILERS: Batman - The Dark Knight #13

As Scarecrow continues his experiments on the abducted little girl, her cries remind him of his own past, and his father's experiments. Meanwhile, Batman mounts an escape, only to be sliced down by Scarecrow's scythe. Bruce then wakes up to find that he's still locked and chined, having just hallucinated everything prior.

Scarecrow begins to regale Bruce of a tail of a great man, who lost his life, and in his wake, his son continued his father's life journey, in the light, trying to create what he has lost. Yet, Bruce on the other hand, receded into the darkness, and shut everyone out. Despite telling himself it isn't real, Bruce breaks, and demands to know how the Scarecrow knows everything. Turns out he doesn't, Crane hasn't said a word, Bruce has been talking to himself. Broken and weak, Bruce asks Crane what happened to him.

We then see that during Crane's father's experiments, he died of a heart attack, meanwhile Crane was locked in a room of towers for god knows how long until the police found him. In the present, Crane thanks Bruce for his involvement, but feels as if it's time to end, as he goes to fetch his scythe.

Though completely out of it, Bruce summons all his strength, and uses his fears brought to life as motivation to break free. By the time Scarecrow gets back, Bruce tells him it was a bad mistake to lock him in the same room as his suit.


The Good:

I really loved this book. At first I was a little confused about the story with the other guy (albeit, I do have the world series on) but when the thematic stuff started to click, it was a big "ooooh" moment, and then when you found out Bruce is just making all this shit up, it's a even bigger "ooooh" moment. The psychological elements to this issue were really fantastic, and paired with David Finch's art, you really can't go wrong with this issue.

The Bad:

Not a whole lot. Like I mentioned, the one thing I was taken back on was due to the fact that I'm a tad bit distracted at the moment, so my own fault.

The Bottom Line:

While Hurwitz's time spent in the Bat universe has been similar from title to title, that's not a bad thing. He's turned this book's direction into a series that features villain case studies. Direction is something that this book needed greatly, and this issue is a shining example of that. Comparatively speaking, there pretty much is none between this, and the last time Scarecrow was featured in the title.


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