Batman: The Detective #3
Written by Tom Taylor
Pencils by Andy Kubert
Inks by Sandra Hope
Colors by Brad Anderson
Letters by Clem Robins
The Rundown: Batman reminisces on his friendship with the badly injured Henri Ducard.
Batman rushes Ducard to the hospital after a deadly encounter. He then recalls their first meeting in Paris. Next, Bruce goes on a trip down memory lane that ends with an unhappy confrontation. Finally, in the present, Bruce receives unexpected visitors with a shocking agenda.
The Story: I really enjoyed this episode. Tom Taylor once again delivers an interesting and exciting window into the history of Bruce Wayne. Using the historical narrative surrounding Ducard, the reader experiences a new view of Bruce’s transformation into Batman. It’s also interesting to note how the hero has love/hate relationships with everyone in his proximity. The unexpected ending was heartbreaking. However, it also leaves room for some very interesting story telling. And I anxiously await the next chapter.
The Art: Detailed drawings are highlighted by color work that changes with the tone of the story. The emphasis on form and character expression is very engaging. This is a visually appealing and well crafted issue.