The first thing you notice on the cover page is that is one chapter story. Before I even had the chance to read the first panel this story was already on my good side. And it continued to be on my good side after I had read the story. This is an extremely untraditional story this is narrated and told from the perspective of the Batcave itself. We get to follow the story of the Batcave from the first time Bruce falls into in until deep into his days as Batman. A concept like this can come across as very silly if not well executed, but no worries it is well done here. The story is full of so many small triumphs that I found myself smiling as I followed the story. Also the narration of the Batcave is very well wrote it feels like a real character by the end of the story. It is very rare when I find a story that really ads something new to one of the true classic Batman stories. In this case we get a scene that adds something to Year One. The Batcave itself was who sent that bat through the window in the now infamous scene from Year One.
I actually find that I want to see more of this story even if it just had been another page or two. The Batcave’s perspective on everything else that we see here is so entertaining that I really would have liked to see what it thought when Bruce brought in the extended Bat-Family of Robins, Batgirls, ETC. But I think that is something that you always get from a good story, you feel like you would like to see a little bit more.
The art in this story is solid and it works well with the subject matter that we are working with here. The panels with the hundreds of red bat eyes in the background work very well and are my favorite ones in this chapter. Overall this story is defiantly an original. It is a rare thing to read something in a Batman story and say to yourself that it feels like nothing you have ever read before. Do yourself a favor and read this.
Legends of the Dark Knight Chapter #69:
Reviewed by Ed Grause