THE DARK KNIGHT #6

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[ BACK BREAKING BARGAINS
The time for games is now over. Batman is ready to cook his Pavlova. Bane doesn't like the sound of this - which is why he has let out a hiss - which he blames on his musky odour. True but sad story - as developed by the creative team of David Finch, Paul Jenkins, and Richard Friend; with Publisher: DC Comics in March 2012.

So what’s the STORY morning glory?
In this issue of the Dark Knight, entitled 'Run, Rabbit, Run', we are presented with a gambit, a segway, an irritation, and one hell of a big problem.

THE GAMBIT: Once Batman recovers from last issues battle with Superman, he has one more strenuous task for the Man of Steel to do next - catch up to the Flash, and make sure that he burns out the Venom within his system before he stops moving.

THE SEGWAY: Jim Gordon is a nervous wreck at the moment. He and the G.C.P.D. have just finished rounding up most of the Arkham detainees, and now he has Lieutenant Forbes on his case, telling him to 'lawyer up'.

THE IRRITATION: White Rabbit leads Batman right up to the Scarecrow's doorstep, bating him all along the way. Still, Batman does slap Scarecrow into touch, before...

ONE HELL OF A PROBLEM: ... the powerhouse known as Bane punches the Dark Knight into submission. Moreover, this Bane does not succumb to the ill effects of Venom, it enhances him instead.

To be continued...

What is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
I liked it when Batman said to Scarecrow 'How many times are we going to do this Scarecrow?', because he kind of summed up what I felt about this issue all in all.

What was the BEST thing about this issue?
Errr? That's a difficult one to answer I am afraid to say. Not because it was a good read, but because it was a bad one. Though I did like the art, because the entire cast really did look very good on the page. Also, the cameo's are staring to make more sense within the arc of this story, more palatable even. 

What was the WORST thing about this issue?
For me, the story was no story. It was just a selection of scenes cobbled together, all of which had a sort of a 'play it by numbers' feel about them.

For example, Superman goes and save the Flash, whilst Batman chases White Rabbit, and confronts the Scarecrow and Bane. Yawwwwwn.

New writer please!

What was the most CREATIVE thing about this issue?
STORY: Now my mum has always said to me that if I don't have anything good to say, then I should not say anything at all. So... errr... nice weather we are having, huh? Nice night to not read the Dark Knight.

OOOPS! Damn it.

Well, I just wished that this series had a bit more personality is all, just something more than a step by step adventure story with nice pictures and no character. Shame, because it does show some promise of becoming a good title in the right hands. Plus this issue did pay some acknowledgement to the Knighfall saga - which is a good thing.

ART: Now whatever I say about the story, I have to admit that David Finch really does draw a good tale. His panels are dynamic, his character work is detailed, and his overall presentation is just top class, and too good for this title at the moment.

If you had to CAST TWO CHARACTERS in this comic book, who would they be and why?
WHITE RABBIT: OK, what other woman do I know who runs around in a bra and panties, and teases people all of the time? Well, there was my Maths teacher, Miss Butler, but I think that Dita Von Teese would be a good comparison for this sultry sort.

BANE: I would like to see this bulking powerhouse with something more behind him than a grandstanding drug addict with big pecks. What about Liev Schreiber? He looks like someone who would inject himself a lot.

If this issue had a MOVIE TAG LINE, what would it be?
Take Nighty-Night - An All In One Sleeping Remedy. If Not, Read This Issue Of The Dark Knight Instead.

If this issue were a MOVIE, an OBJECT, or a piece of MUSIC, what would that be and why? 
Because their is the word rabbit in the title, as well as this issue being rather irritating to read, I thought that the Chas & Dave cockney anthem 'Rabbit', be a good match of sorts. Agreed?




FINAL thoughts...
OK, I would now like to end this review on a more positive note. So far this series has been either a big hit or a big miss to fans everywhere, and this sentiment has been mirrored quite a lot on the DC Comics message boards and other places in cyberspace as well. However, DC are going to rectify this, by hiring a new writer, Gregg Hurwitz, in the very near future. So just stay in their pal - can you imagine what this book would be like if the stories were good? It would be fantastic!!

MARKS out of 10? 7