Friday, May 1, 2015

Batman: Arkham Knight #11 Review

Written by: Peter J. Tomasi
Art by: Viktor Bogdanovic
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: May 1, 2015

Planet Drool

I have really enjoyed Batman: Arkham Knight so it was a sad day when I had to give last week's issue a fairly low score.  It wasn't because it was a bad issue, per se, it was because not much happened.  Boy, this week made up for that in spades!  This week's issue is an action packed thrill ride and to make it even better, Viktor Bogdanovic is back on art.  Does all this equal a great issue?  Let's find out...

It was great to see the issue begin with crazy ole' Harley Quinn.  We haven't seen her in a bit and I love how Bogdanovic draws her.  I also just plain love her.  She is so angry that after stealing a Wayne Enterprise's laptop (and Lucius Fox's finger), she can't hack the system.  However, Oswald has taken what little information they've gleaned and is going to run with it.

This opening scene might not be full of mind bending moments, but it really felt like the book was back on track and leading to something really important after a couple issues of treading water.  It was partly from the major players being back on the scene, but Bogdanovic's art is also a big part as well.

We then go street level for what ended up being my favorite scene of the issue.  Again, it's not mind bending, but man, it was so much fun.  Batman is fighting Kid Shark and it made me laugh the whole time.  First because of who his daddy is...King Shark!  I love King Shark and seeing his crazy son was so good.  Second is because Kid Shark looked like Bat Boy from the Weekly World News.  If you know what I'm talking about, I'm sure you are smiling right now.

After last week's cliffhanger, it was obvious that the Penguin needed some new muscle.  He gets it this week, but they are more crazy then muscle.  I'm talking about the Tweedle Brothers and again, I had a big smile on my face.  Dee and Dum are great in their enthusiasm and they (kind of unknowingly) go after the shipment of the new Batmobile with zeal and a secret weapon.  The issue ends with Batman showing up to grab his stuff and go home, but the Tweedle Brothers' secret weapon makes it's presence felt.  I liked the look, but I loved the name.  Awesome.

I have been griping about the lack of any true Arkham Knight action, but I didn't notice in an issue so jam packed with cool (and funny) moments.  Tomasi is on the top of his game and I can't wait for next week's issue.

Viktor Bogdanovic's art is so good and I'm glad he is back this issue.  I don't mean any ill towards the other artists on this book, but Viktor's art is what comes to mind when I think of this book.  It's that good and this issue will prove it to anyone jumping in late.

Bits and Pieces:

Batman: Arkham Knight #11 is a quick return to form.  The story is full of action, laughs and great characters.  Viktor Bogdanovic's art is stellar and it's glad to see him return.  Overall, this is a really good issue that reminded me of why I loved this comic in the first place.


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