Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Art: Carmine Di Giandomenico, Ivan Plascencia, and Pat Brosseau
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: October 18th, 2022
Bruce Wayne’s worldwide journey has reached its conclusion. Is he ready for the brutal final exam? The acclaimed series comes to a shocking, climactic end as this young Dark Knight will face the ultimate test! Let’s dive into Batman: The Knight #10 by Chip Zdarsky to see just how this outstanding series shakes out.
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Chip Zdarsky wraps up his version of “Batman Begins” and manages to rewrite a few things along the way. While overall, Batman: The Knight was pretty rock solid, I couldn’t help but leave with a few question marks that were a bit too hard to swallow. I’ll start by focusing in on Batman: The Knight #10. The biggest concern I have actually ties into the series in general. Now, I know I may be overstepping trying to speak for the comic fans here, but the Ra’s angle was way too short. Plus, I truly don’t think anyone would mind the series continuing instead of only being 10 issues.
The interwoven history between Ra’s, Bruce, Talia, and the League seems like it’s supposed to be a huge aspect of the past that makes Batman. Yet, it’s focused just as much as Ducard… maybe even less. It turns out, most of the focus of Batman: The Knight turned into retconning Ghost-Maker into continuity plugging him in along the way, which I’m still not sold on the premise myself. For years, we’ve known Bruce to be on the journey alone. And now, it turns out someone was there the entire time with him. The idea just seems fishy to me.
Nevertheless, I needed more time spent with Ra’s. I needed a subplot where a young Bruce becomes almost seduced by Talia, Ra’s, and his vision. Yet we get an extremely quick switch-a-roo involving missiles that just doesn’t hit the mark (pun intended). Additionally, we get a weak reason for Ghost-Maker to re-enter the fold. The motif was incredibly loose and furthermore doesn’t jive with the current continuity. Ghost-Maker and Batman leave on almost fringe, nemesis terms. So, why would he come back during Joker War to regain the city after all this time AND after how they left each other in Batman: The Knight #10? Why would he take over Batman Inc. when he seems so polar opposite of Bruce? Moreover, how did Bruce secretly have enough time to plant all those bombs surrounded by the League? That just seems a bit too far-fetched for me as well. Simply put too many plot holes.
However, even with my subtle qualms about Batman: The Knight #10, I thoroughly loved the Alfred ending. I absolutely adored the line with Bruce on the way home saying, “ I can leap from building to building, fight assassins on a mountaintop but my stomach does flip-flops knowing I’ll see Alfred soon.” After all Bruce went through, the bond between Alfred and Bruce is so strong and I feel like we’ve lost that along the way. I feel like after Alfred’s death, Bruce’s feelings just got brushed over and were merely surface-level. Zdarsky showcases that connection with one simple line giving fans that Father-Son bond we all know and love.
Carmine Di Giandomenico and Ivan Plascencia continue their dark, painted style invoking some rather tempering designs. Di Giandomenico and Plascencia overdo it on the shadowing this week hiding half the faces on almost all the characters to promote this almost cavern background and feeling. However, in the process, they make many of the scenes harder to decipher. However, when given the proper coloring and texture, this team has the ability to shine. Simply jump to the explosions to see the difference in the renderings. Readers, it’s possible to have a darker feel in a comic without literally creating an overabundance of shadows and heavy inks on every page. I just wish there was a bit more saturation of brighter colors in order to better distinguish certain scenes, especially the fights with Ra’s and Ghost-Maker.
My job is to review the issue and not just the series. That said, Batman: The Knight #10 rushed through the most important aspects of a “Batman Begins” story and left out some key elements that would have better connected the feud between Ra’s and Bruce. Readers want more to that unholy matrimony. Additionally, the Ghost-Maker angle within Batman: The Knight #10 didn’t seem believable nor does it overall throughout the series. Nevertheless, I did find the entire scope and premise by Zdarsky quite inviting and perplexingly entertaining.
Overall, Batman: The Knight started well, focused on some clever background history involving Bruce’s maturation, and slyly began to weave Ghost-Maker into the makeup of Batman. Nonetheless, along the way, Zdarsky switched up the pacing and ultimately didn’t have enough time or space to fit in what we all really wanted to see. Batman: The Knight overall gets a solid 8 to 8.5, however, Batman: The Knight #10 itself comes in much lower. Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless!