Detective Comics #1036
Written by Mariko Tamaki
Art by Dan Mora and Clayton Henry
Colors by Jordie Bellaire
Letters by Aditya Bidikar
The Rundown: Batman’s investigation uncovers a suspect close to the Mayor and an even bigger conspiracy.
Bruce discovers a woman who looks exactly like a recent murder victim in his neighborhood walking up to him. He quickly takes the woman into his home, but not before one of his neighbors sees what’s happening. When Bruce discovers the woman is actually Lady Clayface, he has a bigger problem. A problem that will bring in both the police and Huntress to investigate. When the investigation leads to someone with ties to the new Mayor, things get more intense when they discover that there might be something else at work in the city.
Huntress continues her investigation into the death of a woman she considered a friend and her inquiry turns up new information that leads to the woman’s ex boyfriend. After confronting him about an unrelated crime connected to the victim, Huntress finds her investigation hitting a wall.
The Story: Both stories by Tamaki showcase great character moments, strong direction and the ability to engage the reader. Both sides of the story make you feel part of the investigation and each scene seamlessly builds on the one before creating a mosaic that feeds the intellect. I love seeing Bruce more exposed to the ramifications of being Batman by living in the city and being around his neighbors. It grounds the character in a sense and makes him more vulnerable. The Huntress storyline is brilliant, gritty and fun to read.
The Art: Mora delivers some stunning art on every page of this issue. Everything from the backgrounds to the characters is visually appealing. Henry’s art is brilliantly character focused.