Comic Review: Detective Comics #1017 (DC Comics)

An orphan runs away from the Wayne Orphanage, scared for his life, lost and alone in the cold snowy streets of Gotham. In the midst of a case, Batman is […]

An orphan runs away from the Wayne Orphanage, scared for his life, lost and alone in the cold snowy streets of Gotham.

In the midst of a case, Batman is alerted by Lucius about the runaway and decides to investigate. Why did the child run away? What was he running away from? And what can Batman do to help an orphan in search of security?

Tom Taylor is writing this one-shot, and if there is one thing that Tom Taylor is superb at, is writing one-shots that are heartbreakingly good. Whether it’s his work on Injustice or Batman, he always delivers in telling street-level stories that have heart. The story focuses on Orphans, a topic that Batman is far too familiar with, and one that Taylor centers the narrative on. There are plenty of great moments throughout the book that parallels past and present experiences in Batman’s life, that provide introspective moments between Batman, and his family. This is a very grounded, very human Batman story that doesn’t have any supervillains, just real-life issues. It’s a breather issue which is a nice break for people who probably want to jump right in before a new arc starts.

In regards to the art department, Fernando Blanco’s layouts are superb. His art style has aesthetic elements that feel timely yet modern. The way he draws action and subtleties make this issue worth reading. Coupled with John Kalisz colors, and Travis Lamham’s lettering, they’re able to deliver a very heartfelt story. One that reminds readers why they like Batman after all these years. It’s safe to say that this is a worthwhile one-shot that readers should definitely add to their pull list for new comic book day.

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