Batman: The Detective #1
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.