Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Tom King
Artist: Travis Moore
Colours: Tamra Bonvillain
Lettering: Clayton Cowles
Release Date: 19th December 2018
2018 has been a rough year for my comic reading. Work has stopped me indulging as much as I want, but with the year winding down, I am slowly getting caught up.
Now it may be my age, the winds of nostalgia or both, but this year’s crop of Bat-books has had a distinctly ‘90s feel to them. Tim Sale on covers, Kelley Jones on interiors, character-based storytelling and now a focus to telling smaller stories has given the books a renewed focus and a welcome break from overarching plots and themes.
This issue, a callback to an earlier issue in King’s run, is one of the more disturbing tales of recent years. “Knightmares” Part One deals with the repercussions of a child/teen serial killer, and does so in a quiet and sinister manner. Less a superhero story and more a psychological study, what this issue lacks in action it more than makes up for in tension and emotional horror.
King has crafted a memorable and grounded story that would not have been out of place in the much-missed Legends of the Dark Knight or Alan Grant’s highly underrated Shadow of The Bat.
Travis Moore on art is slightly flashy, but still very effective in his storytelling. Like a cross between Mikel Janin and Mitch Gerads, Moore’s work blends in well with King’s script and very much feels in keeping with the style of the book over the past year.
This is not a superhero story, it’s not a “Batman saves the day” tale, it’s not even a relaxing read. It’s gripping, it’s horrific and it’s the best thing you’ll read this week.
Highly recommended. A “mature” comic without the label. Buy it, then tell your friends immediately.
The writer of this piece was: Craig Gorman.
Craig Tweets from @Gorminator1979