Batman The Knight #7
Written by Chip Zdarsky
Art by Carmine Di Giandomenico
Colors by Ivan Plascencia
Letters by Pat Brosseau
The Rundown: Bruce’s next lessons will come from old friends who might have something special he needs to learn.
Bruce Wayne returns to the states to continue his training in New York City. Training that can only be completed with the help of Zatarra and his daughter Zatanna. At the same time, people experiencing heartache find themselves taken by a demon. While Bruce works on illusion and escape, he can’t help but find himself in the middle of family drama. Drama that attracts the demon.
After learning the magic is real, Bruce decides that he needs to learn more. He needs to learn about something that he may not have a defense for. Zatanna decides that the best way to help him and the people being affected by the demon is to show him how real magic works. A plan that will bring Bruce face-to-face with the demon he faces and allows Zatarra to be the hero he needs to be.
The Story: Zdarsky brings Bruce back to familiar territory and the story works really well by having his established relationships bring a new facet to his personal and professional struggles. I like that the story has some great dark elements and how Zatanna and Zatarra recognize how Bruce’s pursuit of magical knowledge could change him. The story has a great personal feel to it and comes to an awesome and deeply personal conclusion.
The Art: Carmine Di Giandomenico delivers some beautifully detailed and vibrant art throughout the issue. From the character designs to the wonderfully intense action, the art brilliant complements the tone of the story as well as serve its characters.