Saturday, March 14, 2015

Batman: Arkham Knight #4 Review

Written by: Peter J. Tomasi
Art by: Viktor Bagdonovic
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: March 13, 2015

Origin of Madness

Arkham Knight has already impressed me beyond any expectations.  That's not a hard thing since I really didn't expect much.  DC's track record on video game tie-ins has been mediocre at best.  For every Injustice, there is a Prototype, Infamous or worst yet, an Infinite Crisis.  This book tips the scales a bit to the "awesome" side because of an intriguing story by Peter J. Tomasi and incredible art by Viktor Bagdonovic. The first arc let readers settle in and get up to speed with ease and ended with a really cool cliffhanger.  Sure, I want more of the Arkham Knight himself, but I couldn't wait for this issue to see what was up with "The Last Will and Testament of the Joker".  Was it worth the wait? Let's find out, shall we...

This issue is all about the Joker.  Of course, when the Joker is involved, you never know what you're getting is true, half-true or an outright lie.  Isn't that the fun of it all, though?  However, what you'll take away from this issue is that the Joker is pretty damn funny, very much insane and able to screw with Batman from way beyond the grave.

It makes sense that the Joker prepared for his death by recording a personal message for Batman.  It also makes sense that the message is just sheer lunacy.  We get a warped origin story followed by a pop culture laden rise to power that just made me smile.  We get Dancing with the Stars, The Jeffersons and Outliers among other references.  We also get to see some of Gotham's coolest villains as the Joker affirms his obsession with Batman.   Nothing new there, but it leads to yet another cool cliffhanger that shows that the Joker will do anything (to anyone) to get under Batman's skin.  I can't wait until next week, especially since my favorite insane gal should be making a grand appearance.

I enjoyed this issue, but am a bit confused by it.  I want more Arkham Knight.  I know Peter Tomasi knows what he's doing and this Joker bit will lead back to the overall story, but I want it now.  This feels more like a backup than the main attraction.

The real main attraction, however, is Viktor Bagdonovic's art.  I love it.  I don't know how anyone can look at this book and not join me.  I expect big things from Bagdonovic in the future and if he needs a manager, I'm available.  I have no qualifications and will probably mess things up...on second thought, do what you're doing, Viktor and stay far away from the likes of me.

Bits and Pieces:

This is a really good Joker issue of Arkham Knight.  I would have rather had more (or some) Arkham Knight, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.  The story ended with a great twist and the art was awesome as usual.  I can't wait for next issue and recommend this book to anyone and everyone.


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