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Classic Batman in action against the Scarecrow
on 2 August 2013
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.