Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Dark Knight Solves a Simple Case in Batman #44

Scott Snyder takes a break from Batcop to bring us an old-fashioned Batman mystery that almost feels ripped from the pages of the super hero's comics from the 1940s or 1970s. Issue #44 of the monthly title has the Dark Knight not only serving up hard justice for the bad boys of Gotham City, but solving a crime to show he's still worthy to hold the title of detective. Artist Jock brings his unique talents to the table to give the book even more grim elegance.

It’s the origin of new villain Mr. Bloom in Batman #44! In a tale from Bruce Wayne’s past, Batman must investigate a vicious crime in the shadowy area of Gotham City known as the Narrows.

Batman #44 is rated T for Teen. It contains violence, gore, profanity, and frightening and intense scenes. Panels of bloodshed can be found that might be too graphic for younger readers. The subject matter and tone of the tale matches that of what we see on “Gotham” if that helps illustrate my point.

Sometimes we get so caught up with the butt-kicking Caped Crusader that we forget he's got investigative skills as well. It's always nice to be reminded of the character as Bob Kane created him in 1939. He was a terrifying figure shrouded in darkness that both possessed brawn and strength as well as a cunning intellect and razor sharp agility.

Batman #44 is available now in print and Kindle editions.