Batman: The Detective #3

DC Comics

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.

Batman: The Detective #3

9.3

9.3/10

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