In Batman: The Dark Knight
#15, Batman is not in a strong state physically and must save Gotham City from the Scarecrow’s supertoxin. The only antibodies that can develop an antidote are in Bruce’s bloodstream. Bruce tells Damian to contact Commissioner Gordon and have the girl who the Scarecrow kidnapped to look at locations on a map so Gordon can find the Scarecrow.
In order to prevent Gotham City from further chaos, the antidote needs to be formed but will not be able to be produced quickly. Bruce tells Alfred to transfuse his blood directly into the aerosol diffuser putting him in an even weaker condition than he is already in.
Bruce’s decision to risk his life to the extent that he does to save the city is what defines the Dark Knight and makes Batman such a heroic character. The look on the faces of Alfred and Damian in the panels captures the essence of the risk Bruce is taking to save the city.
Alfred is able to save Bruce and Batman and Commissioner Gordon along with the Gotham City Police Department capture the Scarecrow who is sent back to Arkham Asylum. Bruce makes it to Natalya’s piano recital and rekindles his relationship with her.
David Finch’s artwork once again is excellent and compliments Gregg Hurwitz’s writing very well. Batman: The Dark Knight continues to improve under the team of Hurwitz and Finch.
- Matt Grazel