Detective Comics #1031
Written by Peter J Tomasi
Art by Bilquis Evely
Colors by Mat Lopes
Letters by Rob Leigh
The Rundown: The Mirror continues to make moves to bring down the vigilantes of Gotham, but a new player emerges to target the Bat-Family.
At the offices of mayoral candidate Nakano, the Mirror introduces himself and offers to help him win the election with information that could push him to the front of the polls. After a tense standoff with the candidate, Mirror begins the next part of his plan; a rally with his followers followed by a march against masked vigilantes. Batman and company follow the events and keep an eye on the situation. When a pro-mask group challenges the protestors, violence breaks out forcing the heroes to intervene.
At the same time, Damian tracks down evidence on a case that his father was working on. A case with ties to Bruce Wayne and another familiar face from Bruce’s past. After confronting the suspect with the truth, Damian makes sure that the real truth comes out. Unbeknownst to everyone, an old foe takes advantage of the violence to remove the Bat-Family from the situation.
The Story: Peter J Tomasi crafts an interesting story in this issue. Everything with Damian is handled beautifully and there are some great character moments with Batman and the crowd. The only glaring issue I have with the story is the villain’s ability to remove Batman’s allies from the field without anyone noticing. It happened a little too easily and felt too unbelievable. I do like the character’s connection to the Damian story though.
The Art: Bilquis Evely delivers some beautiful art in the issue. There is a brilliant, film noir quality to the visuals and a perfect execution of shadow and space.