Comic Review: Detective Comics #999 (DC Comics)

It’s not often we see a comic title reach its 999th issue, and reading it is a little like arriving at the concert just ahead of the main act, and […]

It’s not often we see a comic title reach its 999th issue, and reading it is a little like arriving at the concert just ahead of the main act, and seeing the crew set up the stage for their show.

DC’s Detective Comics title began in 1937 with ‘detective’ stories, just as the title suggests. Batman joined the title in issue 27, and the rest is history. So, we are at the Detective main stage now, getting ready. Our pulses are pounding!

So what of issue 999? Is it indeed the setup for the ‘big’ issue 1000?

Writer Peter Tomasi has us accompanying Batman on a truly insightful and frightening series of battles. With art by Doug Mahnke (and four, count ’em FOUR inkers) and David Baron on colours, we see a lot of action this month. It’s a mind-twisting series of events, pushing Batman right to his limits. It’s colourful, frenetic and kinetic. Tomasi is digging deep into Batman’s psyche here, but it feels honourable, not fabricated. A good piece of connect the dots here for the reader.

As far as setting us up for the next issue, who knows? The variant cover by John Byrne certainly points us in the right direction. DC is bringing comic veterans out of the shadows to showcase their version of Batman! Stay tuned for issue 1000, coming soon; same Bat channel!

DC Comics, Detective #999, $3.99 for 20 pages of content, Teen rating

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