Comic Review: Detective Comics #1063 (DC Comics)

As the young woman croons into the old microphone in the dark club under the spotlight, DC’s Detective Comics takes us on another moonlight ride. It’s hypnotic, it’s Harvey Dent. […]

As the young woman croons into the old microphone in the dark club under the spotlight, DC’s Detective Comics takes us on another moonlight ride.

It’s hypnotic, it’s Harvey Dent. He’s flipping over a new leaf, a new coin, a new phase. But there are demonic beings around, circling around, looking for an opportunity to strike at Gotham. Just name that tune!

This issue is amazing. I love the pace, the mood, the ultra-readable drama. Writer Ram V keeps it lean and mean. So many characters, all with individual agendas and unique voices. Ram sprinkles the dialogue boxes with clever phrases and carefully researched ‘bon mots’. We see Harvey Dent as a dented and dinged human, not fresh off the lot, no longer shining with that new car gleam. We see Batman as a shadow, pursued, tormented, unsure.

I sure like the visuals too, the way that Rafael Albuquerque keeps it simple but effective. We are being led, panel by panel, on a story trail of dramatic proportions. Through the leaps and bounds, the tuneless humming darkness giving way to a sliver of light and a slice of madness. Dave Stewart, as effective on colour as ever. Lettering by Ariana Maher.

And if that’s not enuff, there’s a cool backup story about Jim Gordon. Written by Simon Spurrier, art by Dani, colour Dave Stewart, letters by Steve Wands.

DC Comics, Detective 1063, $4.99 for 30 pages of content.

Alan Spinney

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After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!