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Preview: Batman: One Dark Knight #2

Batman: One Dark Knight #2

Written by: Jock
Art by: Jock

With the power out across Gotham, Batman must haul the not-particularly-cooperative villain responsible, E.M.P., across miles of chaotic city streets, filled with terrified people and opportunistic criminals! Blackgate Prison can nullify E.M.P.’s destructive electrical powers, if Batman can survive long enough to get them there-but what happens if there are two people loose in Gotham with those powers? What then? The mega-talented Jock (Batman: The Black Mirror, The Batman Who Laughs) writes and draws the blockbuster story of Batman’s worst night!

Batman: One Dark Knight #2

Preview: Batman: One Dark Knight #1

Batman: One Dark Knight #1

Written by: Jock
Art by: Jock
Variant cover by: Cliff Chiang, Lee Garbett

When a simple GCPD escort goes sideways, Batman finds himself on the wrong end of Gotham City in the middle of a heat wave with a super-villain in tow. Follow Batman as he traverses block by block across a pitch dark Gotham City while dragging a highly difficult E.M.P. to his permanent home at Blackgate Prison. The dark corners of Gotham City contain many surprises…and E.M.P. plans to deliver many more shocks before the night is through!

Batman: One Dark Knight #1

Review: Batman: One Dark Knight #1

Batman: One Dark Knight #1

Batman: One Dark Knight #1 is a story we’ve seen many times before. A prisoner transport is attacked and then the prisoner and a guard must make their way through hostile territory. That aspect is nothing new but the presentation is so damn good it makes this debut stand out. E.M.P. is being moved from Arkham to Blackgate during a day when tension in Gotham feels like it’s growing and the gangs are restless. Batman is forced to escort the villain to his permanent facility after an attack on the original convoy. But, to add to the difficulty, E.M.P.’s powers have gone off plunging Gotham into darkness and frying electronics.

Jock handles the art and story for Batman: One Dark Knight #1, and the series as a whole, and delivers a debut that’s full of tension. And that’s a lot of what makes this familiar formula stand out. We know what’s going to happen but the way the story unfolds is done at a pacing and in such a style that it builds to that big moment.

But, there’s tension elsewhere that Jock builds that not just adds to the overall feel of the comic but also depth to the characters. While E.M.P. is on the move, a clash between the head of Gotham’s correctional facilities and Jim Gordon play out. There’s a disagreement in how Gotham’s more eccentric villains should be handled and where they should be held. It’s a small detail that adds so much to the story. It creates a debate for the reader to have as far as how these villains should be handled. It makes the comic far more than action and explosions.

The art by Jock is fantastic as expected. Clem Robins handles the lettering adding a lot to the story and tension as electronics fizzle out. But, it’s Jock’s art that helps complete the story. I keep using the word “tension” and it’s hard to describe what the art brings in any other way. It perfectly nails down the mood with art that’s not flashy but so nice to look at. This isn’t about splash pages, it’s about carefully focused panels and pages that slowly build to that moment when everything explodes.

Batman: One Dark Knight #1 is a solid start. The story is familiar but it executes it in such a way that it still stands out. It’s quality at every level.

Story: Jock Art: Jock Letterer: Clem Robins
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

A King's Vengeance #1

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

A King’s Vengeance #1 (Scout Comics) – A warrior is brought back to life to avenge himself on the demons responsible for his death. That cover just looks so damn cool.

Avengers Forever #1 (Marvel) – Marvel is going all in with its multiverse as Avengers from across it are gathered to take on a massive threat.

Batman: One Dark Knight #1 (DC Comics) – Batman must escort a prisoner from Arkham to Blackgate as gangs descend on him during a blackout. The concept has been done before but this is a pretty solid and entertaining execution.

Black Panther #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was fantastic delivering espionage and intrigue, some politics, and action all grounding the series and character a bit.

Chicken Devil #3 (AfterShock) – The series feels like a throwback to 80s action flicks and we’re enjoying the over-the-top violence and humor.

Deserter: Junji Ito Story Collection (VIZ Media) – Junji Ito. Nuff said.

Fist of the North Star Vol. 3 (VIZ Media) – Collecting the classic series in beautiful hardback. If you’ve never read it, here’s your chance!

The Harbinger #3 (Valiant) – Peter Stanchek is back in the Valiant Universe and this series is paving way for the future of psiots.

Hawkeye: Kate Bishop #2 (Marvel) – With Kate in the spotlight as part of the MCU, the series shines a light on her in the comics as she heads back east to deal with a case… and family.

Impossible Jones #2 (Scout Comics) – The first issue was so much fun delivering a new entertaining superhero world that was a mix of homage, sendup, and its own thing. We’re excited to finally be able to read the second issue.

King Conan #1 (Marvel) – Conan grows weary in his old age and heads off on one last adventure.

Menopause: A Comic Treatment (Graphic Mundi) – Short stories about menopause in this graphic medicine anthology.

Nightwing #87 (DC Comics) – The series goes experimental with art that’s just one giant continuous image.

No Holds Bard #1 (Behemoth Comics) – When Queen Elizabeth I is kidnapped, only the dramatic duo of William Shakespeare and William Page in their superhero alter-egos, THE BARD and PAGE can save her! All written in iambic pentameter!?

Search for Hu #4 (AfterShock) – The series has been just solid mob action as two warring families/factions go after each other and a son attempts to figure out who attempted to kill his parents.

Serial #9 (Abstract Studio) – This series has been an amazing build with every issue and the last one left us shocked. Horror, serial killers, so much tension!

Preview: Batman: One Dark Knight #1

Batman: One Dark Knight #1

Written by: Jock
Art by: Jock
Variant cover by: Cliff Chiang, Lee Garbett

When a simple GCPD escort goes sideways, Batman finds himself on the wrong end of Gotham City in the middle of a heat wave with a super-villain in tow. Follow Batman as he traverses block by block across a pitch dark Gotham City while dragging a highly difficult E.M.P. to his permanent home at Blackgate Prison. The dark corners of Gotham City contain many surprises…and E.M.P. plans to deliver many more shocks before the night is through!

Batman: One Dark Knight #1

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Inferno #3

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Arkham City: Order of the World #3 (DC Comics) – Spinning out of “A day” this series narrows in on the former Arkham patients now running around. There’s a solid horror vibe to it all.

Batman: One Dark Knight #1 (DC Comics) – Jock both writes and draws Batman. Nuff said.

Buckhead #1 (BOOM! Studios) – What strange secrets lie in the mysterious town of Buckhead, USA? We want to find out!

Buffy the Last Vampire Slayer #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Buffy is now in her 50s and the last Slayer fighting agains the forces of darkness who prey on humanity in the daylight unimpeded.

Captain America/Iron Man #1 (Marvel) – The two heroes must team up when they find out a villain they’re pursuing is connected to them both.

Crimson Cage #1 (AWA Studios) – A new take on the classic Macbeth set in the world of wrestling!

Daisy #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – A horror story of a mother’s search for her missing son.

Dark Knights of Steel #2 (DC Comics) – A fantasy take on DC’s heroes. The first issue had just enough to twist things up and make the series more than just superheroes in a different setting.

Devil’s Reign #1 (Marvel) – Marvel’s event kicks off here as Mayor Fisk brings the hammer down on New York City’s heroes.

Inferno #3 (Marvel) – The miniseries is wrapping up Jonathan Hickman’s run on the X world and it’s definitely shaking things up with a lot of interesting maneuvering for power by the characters.

Lady Mechanika: Monster of Ministry #1 (Image Comics) – Lady Mechanika is one of those series we always come back to and enjoy. The beautiful art and the detail packed in is more than enough to make this debut worth picking up and checking out.

Mother F. Goose (AfterShock) – A twisted take on the classic fairytales.

What’s the Furthest Place From Here #2 (Image Comics) – The first issue introduced us to an intriguing apocalyptic world with a solid soundtrack to go along with it.

Batman: One Dark Knight By Jock Debuts in December

This December, three-time New York Times best-selling artist Jock brings his signature style to the blacked-out streets of Gotham City in Batman: One Dark Knight, a three-issue, prestige format mini-series from DC Black Label. Written and drawn by Jock, the series will debut in print and digitally on Tuesday, December 7, 2021.

When a simple GCPD escort goes sideways, Batman finds himself on the wrong end of Gotham City in the middle of a heat wave with a super-villain in tow. Follow Batman as he traverses block by block across a pitch dark Gotham City while dragging a highly difficult E.M.P. to his permanent home at Blackgate Prison. The dark corners of Gotham City contain many surprises… and E.M.P. plans to deliver many more shocks before the night is through!

The comic features a main cover by Jock, a variant cover by Cliff Chiang, and 1:25 “Blackout” cover by Lee Garbett.

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