Shocking information about this week's issue of Batman: The Dark Knight.
Let me begin by saying that there's no reason anyone should be reading Batman: The Dark Knight. It's the very definition of mediocre, places too high a value on David Finch's art, and is proof that DC occasionally puts out comics just to fill up shelf space. However, issue #9 is an especially egregious waste of space for a totally different reason.
Check out the solicits for this issue:
• "NIGHT OF THE OWLS" continues here!• Guest-writer JUDD WINICK joins artist DAVID FINCH for the return of RED ROBIN!• Red Robin is back in Gotham City just in time to face off against TALON and THE COURT OF OWLS!
Judging from the text, it appears that Red Robin's going to be featured prominently in the book, the first Batbook to prominently feature the former Robin since the New 52 debuted last fall. In fact, the solicits mention Red Robin twice, just to ensure that people know that this is his book.
Only it's not. It's just a ploy to get Tim Drake fans to pick up the issue.
In fact, Red Robin is mentioned more times in the solicitations than he does in the entire issue. Instead of a Red Robin centric issue, we get yet another origin of a Talon, who had, at some point in time in the past, fought Batman AS A TALON! That's right, Batman: The Dark Knight #9 retcons the entire Snyder story by mentioning that this isn't Batman's first dance with one of the Court of the Owl's unddead assassins.
As a bonus slap to the face to readers, Red Robin doesn't appear until the very last page of the book, with a caption telling readers to read next month's issue of Batman. That's right, in the "Red Robin" issue of Night of the Owls, Red Robin appears in one panel.
Like many of the New 52, this issue is a farce, an outrage, and an insult to paying comic book fans everywhere. AVOID THIS ISSUE AT ALL COSTS.
Written or Contributed by: ThanosCopter