Comic Review: Detective Comics #1015 (DC Comics)

Mr. Freeze and Mrs. Freeze are creating a new definition for a cold day in hell as they wreak havoc on the citizens of Gotham. Meanwhile, Batman, Lucius, and Alfred […]

Mr. Freeze and Mrs. Freeze are creating a new definition for a cold day in hell as they wreak havoc on the citizens of Gotham.

Meanwhile, Batman, Lucius, and Alfred rush to find cure the victims that were altered by Mr. Freeze, in hopes to reverse the damage that Freeze has caused. With a new lease on life, Nora Freeze settles into her new reality, but is all too good to be true? Mr. Freeze has received his lifelong dream of reviving his wife, but was it all worth it?

I’ve said it many times before, but I feel that Tomasi continues to prove time and time again why he is one of the best Batman writers of the 2010s. His fundamental understanding of Batman as a person and the practicality of the character really loves up to the title of this series. Tomasi’s understands that Batman is less about action and explosions, but more about problem-solving. Batman’s need to find solutions that lead to the best results, where more lives can be saved instead of just beating up bad guys is what makes this title so great. The rapport between Batman, Lucius and Alfred is portrayed as it should be, which is a working think tank that works towards the greater goal of making effective methods and decisions that benefit Batman’s mission.

Tomasi is able to display the relationships of these characters in a manner that feels natural to the core of these characters, which makes it a pleasant read throughout the book. What’s more enjoyable is the dynamic between Mr. Freeze and Nora Freeze. Witnessing the downward spiral of Mr. Freeze’s mission to revive his wife, and seeing the consequences unfold before his eyes has to be one of the most beautiful trainwrecks thus far to any of the rogue’s gallery in comics. Tomasi finds new ways to add more layers to Mr. Freeze that will be discussed for years to come.

In regards to the art department, Mahnke continues to deliver with his gritty yet clean pencil work. Jose Luis provides additional artwork and manages to do a good job, so there is no complaints on that. Alamy, Champagne, Irwin, and Santorelli do an effective job with the inks that coat the amazing pencil work of Mahnke and Luis. Coupled with Baron’s colors, and Rob Leigh’s letters makes for an enjoyable installment in this amazing arc. I definitely recommend picking this issue up. It’s one of the best Batman titles out and continues to live up to the namesake of Detective Comics.

Anthony Andujar Jr.

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