Comic Review: Detective Comics #1014 (DC Comics)

All the experiments, all of the battles, the kidnappings, everything has lead up to this moment. Mr. Freeze has succeeded in curing his wife from the disease that almost took […]

All the experiments, all of the battles, the kidnappings, everything has lead up to this moment.

Mr. Freeze has succeeded in curing his wife from the disease that almost took her life many years ago. But, something has changed, and Gotham City is not ready for Me Freeze and Nora Freeze to run amok. As Batman seeks to cure the frozen victims of Freeze’s experiments, things go awry. Now that Nora is cured, what will truly become of her? Will the dynamic between Freeze and Nora change? What will Batman do about it? Or is a new kind of hell gonna freeze over Gotham?

Tomasi is doing some groundbreaking stuff with Mr. Freeze that will surely be remembered for years to come. It’s crazy that not many have attempted to write Me Freeze in such a way that revitalizes the character and his resolve. The lengths that Mr. Freeze has gone to at this point is something that adds more to the character and his continuity. The lengths that he goes to revive and cure his wife, are conflicting yet understandable, but what he does after is what makes it all the more crazy. You’d think that after Nora being revived that maybe things would change, but not in the way people think. Tomasi has written a really strong installment that surpasses the previous issues and shows that he still has more interesting stories to tell. All the characters are written in a way that makes sense to their narrative and continuity, while still finding new ways to do things different while fitting in line with their motives.

In regards to the art department, Mahnke, Alamy, Irwin, and Baron deliver in spades. Mahnke’s pencils and renderings of Mr. Freeze and Nora Freeze are amazing, and with Freeze’s new look is nothing short of spectacular. The pages and the layouts are beautifully drawn, delivering excitement and anticipation throughout the book, even in the quiet moments as Batman is investigating and finding a cure, it makes reading all the worthwhile. Alamy, Irwin, and Mahnke all deliver in the inks department making this issue look beautiful dark and noir-like. Baron’s colors helps to dress the book up in a cinematic fashion that couldn’t have looked better and Leigh’s lettering is the cherry on top of the cake. I can’t say it enough, this is my favorite Batman book and it continues to deliver, definitely pick this book up for new comic book day.

Anthony Andujar Jr.

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