Review n ° 1048 of “Detective Comics” • AIPT
We continue the story started last week with another issue of Police comics and the screenplay for “Shadows of the Bat”, written by Mariko Tamaki with illustrations by Ivan Reis, and a backup by Matthew Rosenberg with illustrations by Fernando Blanco. This is another step in a bigger story, so let’s waste no time and talk about what we got this week.
Like the previous issue, this week’s entry aims to further the plot, and not as much is spent on characters, for the Bat family anyway. Instead of continuing directly after the hard-hitting end of the last issue, we start by rewinding not just some time before, but everything year Return to the childhood of Dr. Wear. The withdrawal is actually a pretty smart move in my opinion, pulling us in with a cliffhanger before spending time in the past and building up to the present, receiving little details that help paint a bigger picture of the narrative. . It’s a good way to hang in there and make you want to know more, while also giving the story the space it needs to breathe.
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Like I said, things about the characters take a step back once again, but everyone is still pretty well done here. Tobias Wear’s new glimpse in the flashback is interesting, showing a complicated upbringing by an institutionalized mother that left him bitter and resentful, casting much doubt on his claims that he wanted to help the mentally ill in the present. The underlying instability in Arkham is pretty good as well, with the eerily low-key “I’m fine” of former super criminals selling the idea that something far more sinister is happening below the surface.
The save as a whole was solid as well, just like the last time around. It’s always fun to live in the world of the past for a bit – I never enjoyed the vibe of the stories that take place during Batman’s early years. The modern era of Batman is also starving for Bruce and Alfred who have been interacting since the latter’s death during Tom King’s run a few years ago, so that being set in the past is a great chance to bring that dynamic back one little (until Alfred finally comes back to life at some point). Even things like Bruce’s compassion for young Nero Xix, Dr. Quinzel’s lack of compassion, and the gentle monster angle for Clayface all feel very real to the characters despite the story’s much shorter page length.
The artwork is still stellar, but a bit subdued as it’s a conversation issue without a lot of crazy action scenes or the like. It’s not that this is a bad thing, because you need that time to develop things and let the story breathe before you get back to the heart of the matter. Reis’ style is always realistic enough to match the tone, and Blanco’s artistry in the save always shows up very well.
Overall, I liked this problem very much. As I said before, it’s a bit low-key compared to the explosive start of the last issue, but it ends up working pretty well in favor of the book. Alluring you only to step back and tell you more about what brought us to this point is a fun narrative structure, and all the information you need is provided so that you are never really left in the dark if you don’t. Haven’t kept Eagle Eyed focused on the Bat books lately. That combined with some really stellar artwork and a really good save story that’s just as good as the main one, you definitely won’t want to skip this problem if you want the full story.
Detective Comics Review # 1048
Detective Comics # 1048
Not as punchy as the last issue, but continues the story at a steady pace that feels right and gives us a new plot.
Good characterization in backup and main story
The backup is really solid and looks like a required reading for today’s history
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