Detective Comics #1035
Written by Mariko Tamaki
Art by Dan Mora and Clayton Henry
Colors by Jordie Bellaire
Letters by Aditya Bidikar
The Rundown: The murder of a Gotham elite raises some uncomfortable questions for Batman and spawns a potential new enemy.
The daughter of one of the most powerful men in Gotham City has been kidnapped and in the same neighborhood where Bruce now lives. While the police begin their investigation and assure the woman’s partner that they are doing everything they can, Batman has already begun his investigation and it leads to a gruesome discovery. One that will bring the full weight of the Mayor’s office down on Batman as well as incur the wrath of the woman’s father. But not everything is what it seems when Bruce sees a strange, but familiar face walking through the neighborhood.
In another story Huntress reflects on the lack of close friends in her personal life and recalls one that had an impact on her. A woman she saved who seemed to have a personality that didn’t fit with Huntress’ hard edges, but the more she learned about the woman, the more she came to depend on her. When a tragedy strikes, Huntress will vow to right the wrong the only way she knows how.
The Story: Tamaki does a brilliant job of taking the bigger world of Gotham and making it about the people. There is an intimacy to both Bruce and Huntress’ stories that I love. I love that Bruce is taking on a mystery that requires him to be the detective rather than the vigilante. I loved that Huntress had a story that forced her to be a human being rather than a killer. Both stories are extremely engaging and I cannot wait to see where they go next.
The Art: Dan Mora is one of my favorite artists and this issue is another reason why. The gorgeous details throughout the issue as well as the use of shadows is fantastic. Henry also delivers some beautiful art that brilliantly captures the tone of the story.