Batman: The Detective #1

DC Comics

Written by Tom Taylor

Pencils & Inks by Andy Kubert

Colors by Brad Anderson

Letters by Clem Robins

The Rundown: Batman travels to Europe in the wake of a deadly incident.

In the UK, Beryl Hutchins, alias Knight, battles criminals as an attack occurs. She is severely injured during a last minute escape. Meanwhile, in Gotham, Bruce Wayne gets word of a tragedy, and makes a shocking decision. Later, Batman arrives in Lancashire, England where he meets Squire and does battle with an unearthly foe. He eventually visits Hutchins as part of an investigation and a surprising discovery is made.

The Story: Set later in his life, Tom Taylor’s Batman is both brooding and regretful. This particular type of angst has great potential. I am interested to see how Batman’s temperament factors into his decision making going forward. If I have one complaint, is that the action was a little too unrealistic. There is one particular scene that felt more like Mission Impossible than Batman. Overall, great story telling and I can’t wait to find out more.

The Art: Kubert uses detailed and exciting drawings to fill this issue. The color work of Anderson accentuates them beautifully, and the tone perfectly defines the world of Batman. Though I find the total work to be wonderfully done, there is a particular panel that I find glorious. This is an engaging issue that immerses you into the story.

Batman: The Detective #1



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