Batman: Gotham Knights #47 Review

Reviewer: Chris Delloiacono
Story Title: Veritas Liberat – Chapter 1: King of the Mountain

Written by: Scott Beatty
Penciled by: Roger Robinson
Inked by: John Floyd
Colored by: Heroic Age
Lettered by: Clem Robins
Assistant Editor: Nachie Castro
Editor: Matt Idelson

Black & White
Story Title: Riddle Me This

Written by: Judd Winick
Penciled by: Whilce Portacio
Inked by: Sal Regla
Lettered by: John Costanza
Editor: Michael Wright

Publisher: DC Comics

Almost there!

Scott Beatty’s run on Gotham Knights has been excellent for the most part; his focus on characterization of those most important to the Bat-mythos has been some of the best in years. Gotham Knights was very good under previous writer Devin Grayson, but the book has really hit a firm stylistic direction under the hand of Beatty. Beatty begins the first issue of his final arc on the book with a flourish. A long simmering plotline looks like it will finally reach a very interesting conclusion.

Earlier this year, it looked like Bane, the man who broke Batman’s back not that long ago, was in fact the half-brother of Bruce Wayne. We later learned that was just a red herring, but the true sire of Bane may finally be stepping to the fore. I won’t give it away, but I’m rather happy to see an interesting character from the past getting involved. This won’t be a throwaway and the last page has got me excited for next month.

Beatty, as always, crafts a superb story that is enhanced by being told in a non-chronological sense. Mr. Beatty builds up the tension of Bane’s hunt, by showing us various moments of the search, as well as the Batman Family’s summit meeting to discuss their next move. The characters are spot-on, and the stage is set quickly for what should prove to be a very interesting storyline.

Roger Robinson continues to shine within the pages of this book. Robinson’s rendition of Batman is superb. Robinson has a sly way of never showing the Dark Knight completely, whether he is encompassed in shadow or a partial panel, the style wholly fits the enigmatic character. Robinson has a flair for the entire stable of characters, his Bane is perfection, and I’ll be sorry to see him leave Gotham Knights in just a couple of months time.

The Black & White backup this month features an interesting Riddler tale as told by Judd Winick, with art by Whilce Portacio and Sal Regla. It’s a nice retrospective on the Riddler with a look at various periods in the character’s battles with Batman, and the many jokes he’s told. Nothing Earth shattering, but a solid story nonetheless, and it is very nice to see Whilce Portacio’s work again.

All in all, another fine issue of the most underrated Batman title on the market. I realy excited to see what the new Gotham Knights team (especially after seeing the preview in some of the DC books this week) has in store starting with issue #50. Yet, I’m not at all anxious to see the end of the current team’s work.