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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (30 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401240747
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401240745
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 1.4 x 26.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Finch's quality of art lives up to the hype with his detailed panels and sharp lines - all designed to explode off of the page"--"Tampa Bay Examiner"

"Finch's detailed, moody style works well on Gotham City and its Dark Knight"--"Newsarama"

About the Author

Gregg Hurwitz is the New York Times bestselling author of 12 thrillers, most recently, The Survivor. His novels have been shortlisted for numerous literary awards, graced top ten lists, and have been translated into 22 languages. He has also written BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT and PENGUIN: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE for DC Comics as well as Wolverine and Punisher for Marvel. He has also produce

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER on 8 Nov 2014
Format: Hardcover
The first volume of The Dark Knight didn’t do much to separate itself from the other Bat-titles but, judging by that first entry, you’d think this was a dumping ground for all of David Finch’s bad ideas - that lingerie-wearing bunny character sticks out as one of the most horrendous additions to the Batman universe in quite some time!

But with Gregg Hurwitz jumping on board to write, the title seems to have some focus as a series that looks at Batman’s rogues gallery, specifically the lesser characters. I’d already read The Dark Knight Volume 3 before this one (it doesn’t matter, each volume is self-contained and can be read in order or not) and that one was a Mad Hatter story that, believe it or not, was really good.

Hurwitz seems to be DC’s go-to guy for writing Batman villain books. Besides the Mad Hatter, he wrote an excellent miniseries called Penguin: Pain and Prejudice, both of which I recommend. So, The Dark Knight Volume 2: Cycle of Violence is Jonathan Crane aka Scarecrow’s turn - and unfortunately it’s not as good as the other villains’ books.

The story is that Scarecrow is abducting young kids and messing with their heads; Batman has to stop him. I should emphasise the “dark” part of the title because this is an excessively bleak and grisly book even by Batman standards. Scarecrow’s sewn his lips together just enough so he can talk for no other reason than it’s disgusting and it makes him look more like a scarecrow. And then there’s the kid element where you have to watch as Crane plays sick head games with the poor little buggers. It’s a very unpleasant read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 29 Dec 2013
Format: Hardcover
The story running through issue #10-15 of the New 52's Batman The Dark Knight is collected, along with issue #0, as Batman The Dark Knight Volume 2: Cycle of Violence HC (The New 52). This is a sort of secret origin of the Scarecrow story, as we get to see into his childhood as he starts experimenting with a new fear toxin, harvested from children, and tested on Batman and Commissioner Gordon. It is an excellently written and illustrated story, delving into the early life of both the Scarecrow and Bruce Wayne, and revealing new aspects, even of the young Bruce Wayne. Although there is some conflict in each episode, it can best be described as psychological horror, until we reach the climax involving a fear-toxin attack by the Scarecrow on the Gotham Christmas parade, from an airship, when we move into widescreen action, again

Issue #0 is a straightforward tale of the very young Bruce Wayne setting out on his path of vengeance, starting with the hunt for Joe Chill, and is excellently written and illustrated.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christy2002 on 2 Aug 2013
Format: Hardcover
With the launch of the New 52, there are a number of Batman titles including Batman, Detective Comics, Batman Incorporated, Batman & Robin and this title Batman The Dark Knight. We now reached volume 2 on most of these titles and in most cases, the second volume has not been as good as the first - Cycle of Violence is the exception to this trend. First off, there is a complete coherent storyline as Batman goes up against the Scarecrow and as a result, this book stands up as a graphic novel in its own right as opposed to just being a collection of individual issues. The storyline explores the back story for both Bruce Wayne / Batman and Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow and manages to do so in an interesting way despite the Batman origin being extremely well trodden ground. One small quibble is that Batman also faced the Scarecrow in Batman The Dark Knight Volume 1, although the treatment here is superior to that in the earlier volume. There is also plenty to admire here on the art side with some stunning action sequences.

Finally, we get a zero issue as an extra in this collection and learn the story of Bruce Wayne and Joe Chill. I am glad that this issue was included as it is a nice way to round off this collection, although it is one of the weaker Batman zero issues.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I rock on 30 Aug 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I've been a huge batman fan for a few years now and Scarecrow is probably my most liked villain, however, there has always seemed to be a lack of comics with him as the main antagonist. Cycle of violence really lives up to what i would expect from a comic about scarecrow, it shows his cruelty, determination and in some ways you feel sorry for him as it lives through the past of Jonathan Crane.
This Comic also shows the difficulties that Bruce Wayne has separating his secret life as batman from the people he cares about. The comic itself is beautifully illustrated and layed out. This is a must read for any batman or scarecrow fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Cam on 15 Aug 2014
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Definitely not as adventurous as the vol. 1 but a good way to carry on with scarecrow being the main villain as you do not see that much of him or bane in vol.1 and that's were you start to reflect on it. The story was decent and so was the plot but there was not enough action. When there was it was brutal and kept you on the edge but you did feel like they were really pushing it to the limit on stuff they haven't done or roughly before.

Still nothing wrong with it but not as exciting as the last
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