Friday, August 24, 2012

Dark Knight #12

Writer: Gregg Hurwitz
Artist: David Finch

The updated origin of Scarecrow by Gregg Hurwitz and David Finch continues. Mirror Mirror explores Jonathan Crane's childhood and the disturbing events in his early life that turned him into the damaged being he is today. This part of the story is quite unsettling, and every panel is marked by disquieting and even unpleasant elements that cause a sense of uneasiness in the reader. If this was Hurwitz's goal, then he certainly succeeded with his compelling writing. Where things don't go so well is in Batman's part of the story. The murder of his parents has been used many, many, many times in the past as a plot device to get into the Dark Knight's head; and even though the final page may offer a different angle this time around, it is an episode that deserves to be put to rest for a while. Not that it will happen, though... guess what issue #0 will be about?

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