Batman The Knight #5
Written by Chip Zdarsky
Art by Carmine Di Giandomenico
Colors by Ivan Plascencia
Letters by Pat Brosseau
The Rundown: Bruce meets another mentor who takes him into the dangerous world of dual identities.
Bruce and his new friend Anton have found themselves spending the last two weeks in a Russian prison being subjected to harsh interrogation. Both have refused to break or give up the reason why they are there, but Bruce’s identity paints a larger target on his back as the man in charge tells him that they will be targeting Alfred if he doesn’t talk.
After escaping from the prison, Bruce and Anton learn that their captor is the person they’ve been looking for. Someone who will teach the pair to be masters of disguise. A skill Bruce has trouble with when it comes to being a different person. An embassy party will test his skills and determine if Bruce’s personal mission will continue.
The Story: Zdarsky crafts an entertaining story in this issue. The pace was interesting and Bruce’s struggles add some engaging drama to the plot. The rivalry between Bruce and Anton is well done and I like that Bruce struggles to get into the spirit of the mission as he watches Anton find a level of comfort and fun that the young Bruce Wayne denies himself.
The Art: Giandominico delivers some fantastic imagery throughout the issue. The art style is beautifully detailed and delivers on the thrills and drama of the story.