It took six months. Six months between One Dark Knight #1 & #3. These release schedules are horrible. What doesn’t suck is the quality of One Dark Knight from writer, artist, cover artist Jock. This book is a constant reminder to keep the pedal on the gas. Issue #3 is abrupt, but the conclusion is well worth your hard-earned dollars.
Jock, Art and Writing
One Dark Knight has been much more than Batman trying reach his destination over the course of the DC Black Label 3 issue arc. It’s more than that. Gotham City Police Department corruption, Gotham City citizens and, like many Batman stories, not giving up in the face the total darkness. This series sees Batman take more than a few detours along his journey. Where he starts issue #3 lets us the reader know that this won’t be a calm and peaceful end to the story.
As I mentioned, a story that goes beyond point A to B is more engaging. Gotham City is the lowest level of corruption. It was an excellent inclusion in the overall story. Vasquez was included in the story, and you can see, particularly in the last issue, not only the street issues Batman has to face, but also the office buildings and political issues.
Issue #3’s finality arrives quickly, and I believe that is what matters. Batman has completed one job. There is no time to celebrate and gloat. Now it’s on to the next job and the next mission. One way I would like to see more time to finish the story but it’s okay because it makes sense to the character.
Jock can do it all. In this final issue, the art explodes from the pages. There are literal explosions, as well as human moments. Every page and every panel is stunning. Jocks art remains a tasteful and popular choice. Humans still look like vampires. The emotion is still there. In this final issue, Batman shows some rawness. The end of his rope. There are no more turns. Gotham City is his only hope of completing his mission. Tension is evident in the final issue. The pencils and colors are perfect. Jock has a way of coloring Batman in blue and grey. It’s stunning.
It was a great series. On almost every account, the ending was perfect. It was a little too fast. However, the final was packed with action and emotion. And the book art is excellent. Jock is an expert on Batman. Hardcover can’t come soon enough.
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