Comic Review: Detective Comics #1011 (DC Comics)

Stranded on an island, and hunted by Deadshot, Bruce must do whatever it takes to save the surviving passengers, as well as himself. But how can he manage to save […]

Stranded on an island, and hunted by Deadshot, Bruce must do whatever it takes to save the surviving passengers, as well as himself.

But how can he manage to save everyone without giving away his identity as Batman? Wits and skill is what it takes to survive, but will it be enough? Or will Deadshot finally hit his mark?

Tomasi has managed to write what could possibly be my favorite issue of Detective Comics yet. This issue was packed with not only action but character, where we see Bruce strategize a way to hide his identity without giving away his appearance by using mud. It’s simple yet brilliant because readers tend to forget that Batman is a tactician that is more than just a man that beats gods. He is still a man, and still uses methods that help him manage any terrain that he is in, so to use mud as a means to cover his face up so that no one can tell that he is who he is as he wears a prop costume using pilot gear is smart and cool to see. I really enjoyed this issue, how Bruce interacts with each of the characters within it, be it Hiroshi, Clarance, Lucius Fox, and even Deadshot.

What makes Tomasi’s writing so strong is how he is able to distinguish the different attitudes and tones that showcase how Bruce and Batman function even though they are two sides of the same coin that is the caped crusader. The battle with Deadshot is handled in an awesome way, where it’s not huge and bombastic, it’s up close, personal and dirty. It’s nice to see issues like these because, in their own way, they remind me of certain episodes of Batman The Animated Series, where Batman is left to his own devices and has to find a different means to overcome his challenges and own limitations.

Christian Duce’s artwork is awesome in this issue, making bruce and his attire look just as cool as the iconic outfit that many fans know and love. His choreography of the fight scenes are awesome, but I think what makes this issue stand out the most is the interactions between characters during the quieter moments around a campfire. That’s where Duce’s artwork really shines and coupled with Gurrerro’s colors and Rob Leigh’s letters makes the art gorgeous to look at. It’s safe to say that this is a book worth adding to your pull list for this new comic book day. It’s one of the best Bat titles out there and does the opposite of most bat books in all the right ways.

Anthony Andujar Jr.

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