Every week, I’ll be bringing you a comic book cover that I feel eclipses others out there—to the point I might just have to own it!
The BadAss Comic Book Cover for this week is for The Dark Knight #12. The Scarecrow has ever been one of Batman’s deadliest foes, a villain possessed of lethal cunning. It wasn’t until Batman Begins that our collective culture—those people outside of the comic book medium—took an interest in Scarecrow and learned more about him. In the New 52, DC Comics has given David Finch the chance to explore the villain further than he’s ever been taken before… much to the detriment of Batman!
Why do I love this cover though? It’s mostly the perspective. Finch is a great artist but he really captures the dynamic between Scarecrow and Batman here. As of late, the artist has been really reliant on using large images of Batman for his covers. This is a departure, with Scarecrow taking up the majority of the art and yet all lines leading to Batman stoppered in his vial. The gritty line work of Scarecrow’s mask and the insane eyes give the comic book viewer a stunning look into the madness! I also love that Finch has taken many elements from Scarecrow over the years—the canvas sack, the noose, the straw, and made them work again in a new way. Pretty damn awesome.
Here is a bit more about The Dark Knight #12:
Written by: Gregg Hurwitz
Pencilled by: David Finch
Inked by: Richard Friend
Cover by: David Finch, Richard Friend
Variant Cover by: David Finch
Page Count: 32
U.S. Price: 2.99
On Sale Date: Aug 22 2012
The Story: BATMAN has been captured by THE SCARECROW, who wants THE DARK KNIGHT to be his guinea pig for the ULTIMATE fear toxin. Don’t miss revelations about THE SCARECROW’s past!
The Dark Knight #12 is in fine comic book stores now!
More next Saturday! In the meantime, go visit your local comic book store…