Originally appearing in the pages of Legends of the Dark Knight issues #32 to #34, Batman: Blades is a three-part tale about a mysterious new vigilante in Gotham City. Calling himself the Cavalier, at first this sword-carrying hero appears to be the city’s new saviour, but it soon becomes clear he is not all he claims to be.
Written by James Robinson and illustrated by Tim Sale, Blades was first published by DC Comics in 1992. Subsequent reprints as well as a digital release have ensured this superb adventure story continues to shine.
What happens in Batman: Blades?
A new vigilante, calling himself the Cavalier, is operating in Gotham City. By night he is a swashbuckling hero, but by day he is secretly movie stuntman, Hudson Pyle.
The Gotham City Police Department seem pleased with the Cavalier’s efforts to fight crime and even Batman – who is busy on a case – is content to give him a pass, but this new hero has an ulterior motive. Pyle is trying to build up a good reputation in Gotham, so he can become a Hollywood star.
While Batman continues to obsess over his case, a new thief strikes in the city. Believing the Cavalier more than capable of handling the situation, Batman leaves him to it.
But the thief and the Cavalier are one and the same – a revelation that comes to light during a bungled job. And once the Cavalier’s actions are exposed, Batman can turn a blind eye no more.
The Cavalier has turned to crime as a way to help a woman he has fallen in love with, and it is that love that has also driven him to kill. He murders two men – one of whom was blackmailing his lover.
After confessing his crime to Batman, the two engage in a duel, with the Cavalier outmatching the Dark Knight. But ready to pay for his crimes the Cavalier gives up his life.
Why is Batman: Blades a great story?
Batman: Blades is a superbly written, beautifully illustrated piece, which introduces an exciting, yet conflicted character in the Cavalier. Taking inspiration from Errol Flynn and Zorro, the Cavalier is a dashing and dynamic figure born from the classic age of cinema.
As a character, he is truly captivating – becoming the driving force of Blades. So much so, that Blades is barely about Batman – this is the Cavalier’s story.
And what a story it is. Blades is gorgeous to look at, with beautiful artwork and fantastic character work. Artist Tim Sale has illustrated a number of great books for DC Comics, including The Long Halloween and Catwoman: When in Rome, and Blades is yet another example of just how strong his visual work is.
Has Batman: Blades been adapted for film?
To date, Blades has not been adapted for film. Personally, I think the Cavalier would make a great Batman movie hero/villain, so I hope that one day he gets his time in the spotlight.
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