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Batman: The Dark Knight, Vol. 1: Golden Dawn (Batman: The Dark Knight 0)

3.42  ·  Rating Details  ·  792 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
Delving into the more supernatural and esoteric areas of Gotham City, the 6-part storyline explores the horrific murder of one of Bruce Wayne's childhood friends... and the terrible ramifications the brutal crime has on Batman's life.

Collecting: Batman: The Dark Knight 1-5, plus a story from Superman/Batman 75 & Batman: The Return
Hardcover, Deluxe edition, 160 pages
Published January 10th 2012 by DC Comics (first published January 1st 2012)
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Sam Quixote
Sep 19, 2012 Sam Quixote rated it it was ok

A girl from Bruce’s childhood – Dawn Golden – has grown up to become a socialite who is now missing, presumed dead. Bruce turns away from Batman Inc. to focus on finding Dawn but becomes embroiled in a supernatural battle between demons involving Lady Blaze and Etrigan (who has temporarily lost his powers).

First off, I’m a big fan of David Finch’s art – he’s done amazing work for X-Men, Moon Knight (one of the demons in the book – Ragman - looks like a green Moon Knight), Batman, Superm
Feb 28, 2013 Sesana rated it it was ok
Shelves: superhumans, comics
This was kind of a hot mess. I'm not a big fan of stuffing Batman into mystical stories. He's not a mystical character, almost anti-mystical at times, so it's usually a poor fit. But it can be done, carefully. Finch wasn't careful. Instead, he seemed to get enamored with the idea of an evil cult. So we have that, plus a friend from Bruce's childhood we'd never heard of before, and an oddly obsessed Batman, and a smarmy new cop, and political intrigues... And it never comes together as a cohesive ...more
3.5 stars

I'm not usually a fan of Batman and the supernatural, but this story was entertaining. For some reason Batman/Etrigan team-ups don't bother me.
It's not a great story, and Bruce's obsession with his childhood friend seemed just a teeny bit melodramatic.
There were other problems with the story, but overall it was ok. Brain candy with nice art.

There are three shorts at the end of this volume, but I didn't like any of them very much. They were all pretty dorky.
William Thomas
Jun 04, 2012 William Thomas rated it really liked it
Batman has always been my favorite hero. (Well, second favorite but I can't really say Aquaman and be taken seriously). He is the embodiment of the aristotelian ideal, perfection of both body and mind. When the Nu 52 was announced, I wondered what sorts of catastrophes we could expect in the fallout. Other than this weird obsession with globalzing his efforts, I've been pleasantly surprised. Note: this book is pre-New 52 and I was getting things a bit mixed up, but my original ratng still stands ...more
John Yelverton
Jan 02, 2012 John Yelverton rated it liked it
Typical Batman story that really just goes through the motions.
Jun 28, 2012 Viktoria rated it it was ok
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Dustin Thomas
Jan 28, 2012 Dustin Thomas rated it really liked it
The Dark Knight (Golden Dawn) is well timed to an audience which has been experiencing a darker, grittier version of Gotham and Batman himself through movies and video games. The story tells more of the trauma and daily pain that is life in Gotham as a citizen, a villian or a superhero. It is well told in a realistic, particularly for a superhero/supernatural setting where Batman's walking the line between good and evil definitely blurs. The book includes the beginning of another storyline as a ...more
Jun 01, 2013 Paul rated it liked it
The art is damned good, I especially liked the David Finch cover reproductions.

As far as the story is concerned... well I'm still left here wondering wether there was an actual story told. The story is so intersperced and told in chunky "chapters", that I was often going back a page or two to see if I had skipped anything... nope, no skipping involved, just big chunks of the story the reader has to sort of "make up" for himself.

Very nice art, very sloppy story. That's OK though, it just means I
May 01, 2015 Mouse rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Batman and the supernatural go together like love and marriage...sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Personally I've always thought it kind of weird...his relationship with Jason Blood, but I kinda like it. As long as Ettrigan the Demon isn't over used in Batman I'm all for it. I rather enjoy him popping up ever so often.
This story is kind of all over and a bit of a mess but I kind of enjoyed it, especially the Penguin's part in it. What's with the Penguins Tim Burton-esque razor sharp
C.J. Edmunds
Feb 28, 2012 C.J. Edmunds rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, dc, batman
The drawing from Finch is a stunning, brilliant & allows the Bat to be a winner in every panel that he is in. For the artwork alone, this deserves a 5.

But for writing it didn't have the ending I was hoping for. It kinda left me with more questions than answers.

Still kudos to Finch on undertaking both drawing and writing duties. And hopefully his next Dark Knight outing will be the perfect combination of awesome drawing and well and depth-crafted writing.
Mar 11, 2013 Kyle rated it liked it
A grim, mystical Batman story. The artwork is wonderful; Finch gives us one of the best interpretations of The Penguin in years. The storytelling is clear and coherent with smooth dialogue and straightforward plot. Unfortunately the conflict feels small and the urgency in the storytelling is stuck in first gear. Also, Dawn Golden is irrational and annoying.... Just blurt out your whole past to a stranger in one breath, Dawn. I'm sure Batman won't mind.

I enjoy a supernatural aspect to Batman's stories once in awhile. And I thought this one was well-done - plus it's fun to see Batman to team up with The Demon Etrigan. Bonus: A couple of back-up stories, one of which is a possible future with Connor and Damian as an aging Superman and Batman talking about their forebears.
There were three stories in this book, and I wasn't really all that thrilled about any of them. Golden Dawn was pretty good, but definitely not what I would've expected from a Batman story. Are they usually that supernatural in nature? Cults, demons, magic, it just didn't seem right for Gotham City. As for the second story, Planet Gotham, it was fairly confusing (even more so than the first story). It might've been because this was my first Batman comic, but even if I had understood every single ...more
Dec 04, 2013 Annice22 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, mystery, action
Despite only having a five issue run, the story was great. Batman was trying to find out the whereabout of his old childhood friend who was abducted. This was a great run and the story was very strong. I really enjoyed this.
Feather Mista
Jul 13, 2013 Feather Mista rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pocos
Recommended to Feather by: Serie
Primer capítulo: interesante. Segundo capítulo: legible. Tercer capítulo: esto ya se está poniendo medio berreta. Cuarto capítulo: ¿Falta mucho? Quinto capítulo: ¿Ya está? Gracias, ¿me puedo ir?
Nov 05, 2014 S J rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, library
What an almost unreadable mess. This is exactly the kind of comic book writing that keeps people away from comics. Chock full of unexplained or just inexplicable motives, unless you've been reading everything leading up to this, perhaps. The art is kinetic but has no style (there is, as is typical with lazy artists, only one female body available, apparently).

And are we to believe Batman is almost insanely driven to save a girl just because he knew her when [spoiler alert] his parents were still
Apr 30, 2014 Kerry rated it it was ok
The only reason I gave it 2 stars was because I love David Finch's art. Other than that I didn't really see the purpose of this story at all.
Nicholas Boyd
Jun 04, 2012 Nicholas Boyd rated it liked it

I thought this story was interesting at first. David Finch's artwork helped. Initially. Although, personally, I don't care for Finch's art. Every character has that same frowny, fish-mouth grimace. But the detail is great.

The deeper we got into the story, the more the plot deteriorated. And something happened with the artwork. I guess artist Jason Fabok and the colorists/inkers just did not connect, because this work was not consistent with the realistic dimension that Fabok weaves in Batman A
Jun 05, 2012 Aaron rated it liked it
It's amazing how much art can add to a comic. I've read a lot of comics with great writing and mediocre art, and I'll just fly right past the panels, just getting enough info to move on. But fantastic art, like David Finch's, can hold up an otherwise bland storyline solely by making you want to take it all in and admire every tiny detail.

I guess I had this thought reading this book, because David Finch stops drawing it a little over halfway through and, even though they got a "lookalike" artist
Scott Lee
May 24, 2015 Scott Lee rated it liked it
I was enjoying this one--David Finch's pencil work on Batman is the best he's looked (Batman, not Finch) in forever. Absolutely beautiful artistically here. The story is okay. It was working pretty well for me, until they decided to end the character they'd been focusing on so thoroughly while only giving her a couple lines of text in the present tense of the storyline. Making her random beautiful bat babe number 4000 doesn't help the story any. Ah well.
Feb 21, 2012 Allie rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Batman fans
Recommended to Allie by: won in a goodreads giveaway
Shelves: batman
Golden Dawn sees Batman trying to rescue a childhood friend of his, Dawn Golden (will the cheese never end?), after she has been kidnapped by Killer Croc. Jason Blood/Etrigan soon gets involved, because he senses there are other more evil forces involved in Dawn's disappearance.

This had the potential to be a good story, but in the end it's a rushed, flabbergasting book. There is almost no character development or motivation, the dialogue is horrid ("Batman, you have to save me. You promised!"),
Oct 10, 2011 Nathan rated it it was ok
David Finch is an amazing artist, he has great attention to detail and the action scenes he illustrates are truly magnificent however what of his storytelling?

Batman: The Dark Knight is a very "thin" tale by which I mean it lacks a lot of emotion and depth. There are characters but I fail to sympathize for any of them; I don't feel the necessity for Batman to rescue Dawn Golden in fact I don't even understand his motivations other than she was another childhood friend of Bruce's. The problem wit
Damián Vives
Sep 23, 2014 Damián Vives rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Seamos sinceros... La historia es floja con ganas! Los personajes y sus motivaciones carecen de sustento narrativo. Lo único que vale la pena de estos números es el dibujo de Finch (aunque es tán colorido que recuerda al murciélago de Batman Forever). La narración tiene un sólo momento logrado, la metáfora de la cometa perdida del último número, de hecho creo que esa imágen debe de haber sido el motor de toda la historia. Una buena idea malgastada de manera mediocre.
Anoop Menon
Mar 01, 2014 Anoop Menon rated it it was ok
Golden Dawn, is a prime example of a comic-book with exquisite artwork; mutilated by piss-poor writing. There aren't many instances of mysticism being successfully incorporated into a Batman arc. David Finch fails to do so, rather spectacularly!
Jul 12, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it
In my obsession with Batman I borrowed a bunch of Batman comics from the library including this one. I'm reading everything out of order so sometimes things get a little confusing. Thankfully this one wasn't too hard to understand.

I thought this one was more personal than other Batman comics because it gives the reader a glimpse into Bruce Wayne's childhood and his old friend, Dawn Golden. The plot was interesting, but predictable. Also there seemed to be a lot going on at the same time. Everyth
Jul 26, 2012 Rick rated it liked it
This barely grabbed a 3, and it's only because I'm generous to Finch since I like his art style (yeah, I know it's the "kewl dude" style, but whatever) so went easy on him as he was also the writer. The art, as usual, is pretty great. The story, however, is not that great. You don't get a sense that it was thought out beyond, "Ok, I want to draw this villain, so I'll have Batman interact with him/her for some reason... probably to get information or something." This leaves us with a pretty unful ...more
Feb 14, 2012 Sara rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this in a firstreads giveaway.

This is actually my first graphic novel so this one is a little bit harder to review since I don't have a wide base for comparison. I felt like the artwork was fantastic but the story was a little lacking. This book actually containted one full story, what I believe is a teaser of another story, and a short story at the end. I actually liked the short story the best. As for the main story I just felt like there was a lot that was unexplained. I wasn't sure of
Dec 23, 2012 Beckiezra rated it liked it
Shelves: comics-manga
The art was nice except for the unmasked faces which tended to seem deformed which was a shame considering how nice everything else looked. I'm a little out of the loop as far as when this is happening, I think it may be the first Batman stuff after Bruce Wayne's return. I'm sort of left scratching my head at the combination of villains (Killer Croc, Penguin) and demons (Etregan is evil? Who's Blaze and Ragman?) and girls (Dawn is apparently just there to die and make Batman feel bad and there's ...more
Paul Young
Nov 19, 2015 Paul Young rated it liked it
Enjoyed the Golden Dawn story. The extra bits tacked on felt just that - tacked on, and out-of-place to me.
Jun 25, 2014 Adrian rated it liked it
I thought this book was just ok. Wish it could've been just a bit longer though.
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Artist discovered by Topcow comics. Worked on various comics including Cyberforce, Witchblade, Tales of the Witchblade, Darkness and his creator own title Ascension. He also co-created Aphrodite 9. The artist then moved on to working for Marvel comics including the titles New Avengers, Ultimate X-men, Wolverine covers, and various others.

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