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    Yes, yes, this is yet another sort of "origin" story for Batman but, while there's nothing particularly original about such premise, the execution is ultimately what makes any story succeed and fortunately writer Chip Zdarsky knows how to deliver in that regard.

    The plot is rather simple, a young and angry Bruce can't be controlled and needs to be lead to his inevitable role as the Dark Knight, everything around though, is what makes this more complex. Let's just say that Zdarsky knows to WRITE, he creates a pretty engaging and believable dynamic between the protagonist and the rest of the cast. The conversations between Alfred and Bruce are perfectly in character and interesting, especially considering the time where this story is suited, so are the interactions between Bruce and one of his first girlfriends and even his treatment with Hugo Strange that reveals more of his character. All of this is certainly helped by Zdarsky's natural and enjoyable dialogue that makes the read much more pleasent.

    Even more compelling for me though, is the more complex take concerning wealth and vigilantism, especially how Alfred confronts Bruce about his parents' fortune and how to use it properly or how his friend tells him about how to use his rage to be more than simply another angry cop. It presents a much more realistic social commentary that I've seen recently, Lord knows that if someone like James Tynion IV and especially Tom Taylor handled the topic it would be something like "Rich people and cops suck! Huehuehue!".

    The plot itself is more of a set-up. Hell, technically the whole miniseries is more of a set-up because we all know what's going to happen so the character-centric approach is much more understandable and fitting, in that sense I consider it a pretty satisfying work.

    Carmine Di Giandomenico handles the art and his work is pretty solid. I was pretty surprised here since his style is less rough than during his early years and delivers a much more polished finish that follows the script in a very clear manner. Is great stuff.

    Solid beginning, can't wait for the next one.

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    I thought it was fun.

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    Thought the first issue was pretty quality!

    Super excited for what comes next!

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    Yea this book is resonating from what we have seen from Imposter so far. I like it. Also isnt this the same artist who drew Magneto Testament?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vishop View Post
    Yea this book is resonating from what we have seen from Imposter so far. I like it. Also isnt this the same artist who drew Magneto Testament?
    Yes it is.

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    Although certainly well written and with great art...another origin just didn't do anything for me. Unless I hear it does something pretty spectacularly original in future issues I don't think I'll be picking up more.
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    Me: Okay, I'll flip through this in my LCS and trade wait.

    Zdarsky on page 2: Hugo Strange as Bruce's therapist.

    Me: Aight, you son of a bitch. You got my money for 10 issues and the trade.
    Theorising that it could travel within its own timeline, DC stepped into the Crisis accelerator and vanished. DC awoke to find itself trapped in the past, facing mirror images that were not its own, and driven by editorial to change history *for the better* *to be more cohesive* *Silver Age nostalgia* *for the sake of it*. And so DC finds itself leaping from Crisis to Crisis, striving to put right what once went wrong, and hoping each time that the next leap will be to a perfect DC Universe…

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    Alfred ripping Bruce a new one and calling him a spoiled brat for “playing” at being a tough guy by participating in street fights was great. Dug the importance of reading for Bruce’s development and liked how he saw through Strange’s manipulations.
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    This series must be HOT because my store was completely sold out.
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    I'm starting to think they're trying to make it canon that Gotham is the only city where men and women are put together in holding cells...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 9th. View Post
    This series must be HOT because my store was completely sold out.
    Zdarsky is really proving to be a draw as a fan favourite. He is showing the potential to be a really big name if he can keep up the quality.
    Theorising that it could travel within its own timeline, DC stepped into the Crisis accelerator and vanished. DC awoke to find itself trapped in the past, facing mirror images that were not its own, and driven by editorial to change history *for the better* *to be more cohesive* *Silver Age nostalgia* *for the sake of it*. And so DC finds itself leaping from Crisis to Crisis, striving to put right what once went wrong, and hoping each time that the next leap will be to a perfect DC Universe…

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    Quote Originally Posted by exile001 View Post
    Zdarsky is really proving to be a draw as a fan favourite. He is showing the potential to be a really big name if he can keep up the quality.
    In bleeding cool bestseller list of the week The Knight was more or less at the middle of the list -
    https://bleedingcool.com/comics/amaz...stseller-list/

    Notably, the list is not based on lots of stores, but online it doesn't seem to sell that great as well - https://www.comixology.com/comics-best-sellersd

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lal View Post
    In bleeding cool bestseller list of the week The Knight was more or less at the middle of the list -
    https://bleedingcool.com/comics/amaz...stseller-list/

    Notably, the list is not based on lots of stores, but online it doesn't seem to sell that great as well - https://www.comixology.com/comics-best-sellersd
    Dude's just starting his writing career (generally speaking, he's only been at it a few years), and is writing a miniseries about pre-Batman days that isn't even Black Label. The guy has buzz and that will hopefully translate over time into a solid following. Give him a chance before chucking him in the bin.
    Theorising that it could travel within its own timeline, DC stepped into the Crisis accelerator and vanished. DC awoke to find itself trapped in the past, facing mirror images that were not its own, and driven by editorial to change history *for the better* *to be more cohesive* *Silver Age nostalgia* *for the sake of it*. And so DC finds itself leaping from Crisis to Crisis, striving to put right what once went wrong, and hoping each time that the next leap will be to a perfect DC Universe…

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