Detective Comics #1032
Written by Peter J Tomasi
Art by Brad Walker
Inks by Andrew Hennessy
Colors by Dave McCaig
Letters by Rob Leigh
The Rundown: Hush has special plans for the kidnapped Bat-Family and Batman has a face to face with his son.
Hush has kidnapped Batman’s allies and he has decided that the next part of his plan will require removing them from the board permanently in a way that will bring him in some much needed funds. As he begins the next part of his plan, the bound heroes are powerless to stop him or contact the Dark Knight for help.
Realizing that his family is missing, Bruce uses a clue from Damian’s last visit to the cave to track him to his current hiding place. When he enters, he realizes that the boy is hurting in ways that a father could prevent, but Bruce may not get that chance when Damian returns and the two proceed to fight. With the two locked in combat, the clock continues to tick for the missing heroes and only the combined skills of father and son will be enough to rescue them from a living nightmare.
The Story: Tomasi raises the stakes for the characters while also crafting a plot that touches on some of unexplored and unresolved conflicts the characters have been facing lately. The plot is well done and I enjoyed the dramatic tension throughout as the pace gives an immediacy to the events that makes them more interesting. The Nakano interlude is interesting, but the character still lacks anything that makes him or his story compelling.
The Art: Brad Walker’s art is fantastic. There are so many great visual moments, but the fight between Bruce and Damian is beautifully detailed and dramatic.