The Arkham Knight’s Identity Revealed In Detective Comics #1003

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Batman and Alfred scan Gotham City for Robin to no avail. Meanwhile, the Boy Wonder himself is in the clutches of the Arkham Knight and their soldiers. The Arkham Knight reveals their face to Robin and pleads with him to join their cause. Naturally, Damian flatly refuses. The Arkham Knight then lets Robin leave. Batman finds Robin shortly afterwards, and the two work towards discovering the identity of the Arkham Knight and then make their way to Arkham Asylum itself.

Detective Comics #1003 cover by Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy, and Nathan Fairbairn
Detective Comics #1003 cover by Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy, and Nathan Fairbairn

Detective Comics #1003 finally reveals the identity of the Arkham Knight while showing the reader more of how their operation works. The Arkham Knight’s army practice religious-like rituals to show their devotion to the cause and complete subservience to the Arkham Knight.

This is also a great Robin-centric issue, as Damian gets plenty of good lines and moments to show what a little snobby-yet-endearing warrior he is.

Doctor Phosphorus also makes an appearance, which is a Batman villain I didn’t expect to see again anytime soon.

There’s also a dark non sequitur where we see what Talia al Ghul did with Damian’s teachers and tutors, and that was actually pretty funny.

As for the reveal of the Arkham Knight’s identity itself, it’s not especially shocking or surprising. That said, at least there is a reason for the title in this comic, as the same couldn’t be said for the Red Hood as the Arkham Knight in the Batman: Arkham Knight videogame.

Detective Comics #1003 art by Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy, Nathan Fairbairn, and letterer Rob Leigh
Detective Comics #1003 art by Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy, Nathan Fairbairn, and letterer Rob Leigh

Brad Walker’s artwork continues to be top-notch. The armor and suits look great, the characters are made to be very expressive, and special attention is always paid towards the eyes. I still love the emphasized slits over Batman’s eyes which often reflect light in this comic. Andrew Hennessy’s inkwork is excellent, and the color art of Nathan Fairbairn is similarly great too.

Detective Comics #1003 brings another solid installment in the war between Batman and the Arkham Knight. Robin looks like he’ll be sticking around for the fight, and we learn the identity and some of the potential motivation behind the Arkham Knight’s crusade. This one gets a recommendation. Feel free to check it out.

Detective Comics #1003 comes to us from writer Peter J .Tomasi, artist Brad Walker, inker Andrew Hennessy, color artist Nathan Fairbairn, letterer Rob Leigh, cover artist Walker with Hennessy and Fairbairn, and variant cover artist Mark Brooks.

Oh, and spoiler alert. For those who clicked on this to learn the secret identity of the Arkham Knight, keep scrolling:

Her name is Astrid Arkham.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: