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COMIC REVIEW: FTN reviews Batman: The Dark Knight #26

January 4th, 2014 by Sarah Barclay Comments

Writer: Gregg Hurwitz

Artist: Alberto Ponticelli

Published by DC Comics

In a rare ‘silent’ issue, we get a new storyline, following the struggles of an immigrant family trying to better their lives by coming to Gotham. And that always works out real well, right?

I think Hurwitz does a great job of using the strengths of his artist, if that makes sense. Ponticelli’s style is gritty and sort of dark and the plot matches that quite well. I enjoyed the focus on the family and each of its members, and their troubles within the human trafficking. And subtle Batman feelings are always a plus, in any story.

I liked Ponticelli’s work by its own merit as well. And it’s weird to put into words, but my favorite bit has to be his use of Batman’s cape in a lot of the panels. Not a lot of people can pull off solid and gorgeous cape-work, so that’s a huge kudos to him!

My only gripe is that it felt like a bit of a quick read, but overall it was an enjoyable start to a short arc. And some cameos by the Penguin is never a bad thing, in my eyes!

4 out of 5 nerds



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Self proclaimed as hilarious, Sarah is a strange mixture of weird human and sports fan. Hailing from Pittsburgh, PA (but currently studying photography in Ohio) she spends most of her time running into tables and tripping over herself while waiting for a TARDIS to show up in the courtyard. If not in a tree or receiving medical attention, she can be found on the tweeter-box (@alfredthebatcat) ranting about ice hockey, baseball or her undying love of Dick Grayson.