Batman: The Knight is something I always wanted to see brought to life. After reading the first book, I knew this 10 issue series by Chip Zdarsky and Carmine Di Giandomenico would be something special. Of course, we all know the story of Batman by now: We know his parents were killed in an alley. We know he’s dedicated his life to fighting for people who can’t fight back themselves. But do we know how exactly Bruce Wayne became Batman? This series fills in that void for me and every other comic reader that has wanted a storyline that explains the lengths, sacrifices, and sheer determination Bruce Wayne goes to to become the world’s greatest detective, and Batman: The Knight #2 continues to explore what that journey looked like.
Issue #2 picks up four weeks after the events of the first, where Bruce Wayne is already bored after only two weeks of training with the world’s greatest fencer. Not knowing what to do next, a chance encounter brings him face to face with a thief called The Gray Shadow. Here, he learns that if he wants to stop criminals, he must become one himself. It’s a fantastic second issue that shows the depths that Bruce Wayne will go to keep his vow to his parents, to stop all criminals. Ultimately, it felt like watching Kingsman and Ocean’s Eleven mixed with a few twists and turns along the way.
The artwork provided by Carmine Di Giandomenico is well detailed, with significant use of shadows and sharp panel angles. The illustrations are complemented by terrific color choices by Ivan Plascencia that bring the characters to life on the page. Letterer Pat Brosseau does an impeccable job differentiating between Bruce Wayne’s monologue captions and the overall dialogue of the book.
Batman: The Knight #2 tells a great story worthy of the Batman legacy, and I can’t wait to see what happens next. If you’re not reading this series, fear not, as this is only the second entry, so you still have time to catch up. Support your local comics retailer and get your copy of Batman: The Knight #2 today.
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