Of all the characters in the DC Universe none have made more of an impact in comics than Batman. When the Batman: The Dark Knight was revamped for the New 52 it was one of the few that took a darker tone with the first story arc. IN the latest collection Batman: The Dark Knight Volume 2: Cycle of Violence the creative team of David Finch and Gregg Hurwitz continue to the darker world of the Dark Knight, but does it pack the same punch of the first nine issues?
In Batman: The Dark Knight Volume 2: Cycle of Violence the Scarecrow is back and has refined his fear toxin to greater effectiveness with deadlier consequences. As you get a deeper look at the origin of the Scarecrow, Batman must not only beat this madman, but also conquer his own worst fears. Much like the first story arc, this storyline maintains the extremely dark tone and delves into the darkness of not just Scarecrow, but also Batman that adds another dimension to the story. We have all seen Batman’s origin, but the in depth twist in the story as well as the issue 0 tale adds more to the mythology as the character continues its journey through the New 52 Universe. David Finch’s dark style adds to the tone of this series making each page creep further into darkness of the world of these characters. While the Scarecrow has always been one of those creepy villains, he has always been dismissed fairly easily, but this variation is easily the scariest. They have taken this character so deep into pure evil that he is easily one of the darkest of the entire Bat-Universe. Most comic stories maintain the unrealistic approach and that is here as well, but the addition to the torture and kidnapping as well as the personal torture of every character makes this one feel a bit more grounded in reality and in turn that much more effective.
This series continues to be the darkest of them all and stands out to really take you into the world of the Dark Knight like every fan truly wants. This beautiful hardcover collection not only features issues 10-15, but also issue 0 of this great series, as well as some beautiful looks at some of the penciled pages by Finch. Be sure to grab your copy of this great graphic novel along with Batman: The Dark Knight Volume 1: Knight Terrors.
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