Batman: DawnBreaker #1

Posted October 6, 2017 by Aron Pohara in Comic Books

Written by: Sam Humphries

Art by: Ethan Van Sciver

Published by: DC Comics

Has anyone every asked: What if Bruce Wayne got a Lantern Power Ring at an early stage of his life?

Well Dawnbreaker does, starting with a fan-maligned crime alley scene and going from there. It certainly is not something people like to see again, as it has been shown to death throughout an assortment of Batman media from Comic books to TV to Movies.

Humphries manages to take that event and turn it on its head, choosing to explore how Bruce uses the Green Lantern for “Justice” through rage. As it turns out, something happens toward the beginning of the comic book that allows him to corrupt the ring as much as the ring corrupts him.

It is an interesting take for both Batman and the Green Lantern mythos, especially when a new ring power awakens. What is puzzling though is just how long it takes for the Green Lantern Corps to to intervene. Also puzzling is why a power ring choose a ten year old boy. These questions get answered somewhat by assumption involving Bruce and will power, but it is still a bit unclear.

The art here is done by Green Lantern staple, Ethan Van Sciver, whose style really fits in this narrative. He gets to play with a new lantern power, which is sort of a mix between a Black Ring power and Darkness. It’s interesting. The way that Sciver portrays Bruce’s anger throughout this chapter, however, is what makes it really stand out. He makes Batman into a symbol of sheer force who would stop at nothing until all of Gotham feels what he feels. That relentless willpower is shown through some really nice shading and facial expressions throughout the book.

Dawnbreaker continues the new stand-out tradition of great one shots birthed from the Metal storyline, and the fact they are Batmanizing (yes I invented a new word) entire the Justice League without making it seem cheap must have been difficult, but they have managed to make each one of these characters interesting and with their own struggles.

This book, along with the two before it, comes recommended as a solid tie-in.


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