Detective Comics #1038
Written by Mariko Tamaki
Art by Viktor Bogdanovic
Inks by Viktor Bogdanovic and Daniel Henriques
Colors by Jordie Bellaire
Letters by Aditya Bidikar
The Rundown: Batman faces Worth and both he and Bruce Wayne become targets of a bigger conspiracy.
Batman faces off against Worth in the sewers beneath the city as the grieving father hunts for the man he believes killed his daughter, Bruce Wayne. After battling Worth’s rage and anger, Batman is able to subdue him only after Lady Clayface appears disguised as the dead woman. Things don’t stay peaceful for long as Gotham justice releases the man hours later and he runs into Hue Vile, who has a proposal for him. One that involves one of Batman’s oldest rogues.
With Bruce Wayne on the run and Batman in his crosshairs, Worth and Vile decide to ramp up their campaign by using a pawn to lure both Batman and Huntress into a deadly trap.
The Story: Tamaki does an amazing job complicating the lives of both Batman and Bruce Wayne in one story. The drama of the story is well done. The action is thrilling and there are some great character moments throughout. The Vile subplot is getting increasingly more interesting as the arc develops and the danger facing Batman keeps me intrigued. There seems to be an effort to keep Batman on the defensive in this story and it will be interesting to see if he has the opportunity to investigate what’s happening around him.
The Art: Bogdanovic delivers some beautiful and exciting visuals throughout this issue. Not only are the characters filled with detailed expression, but the action is fantastic.