Detective Comics #1039
Written by Mariko Tamaki and T. Rex
Art by Viktor Bogdanovic and T. Rex
Inks by Daneil Henriques, Norm Rapmund and Viktor Bogdanovic
Colors by Jordie Bellaire and Simon Gough
Letters by Aditya Bidikar and Rob Leigh
The Rundown: With the city erupting in violence, Batman makes a harsh decision in order to bring down some of the heat.
Worth continues levelling the city in an attempt to kill Batman and find Bruce Wayne. His unchecked destruction puts the city on edge as the mayor looks for his advisor Vile. Oracle manages to connect Vile to the murders, but it might be too late as Huntress is infected, Worth unleashes the Penguin’s gang and Batman makes a decision to stop the cycle of violence.
A second story reveals the origins of Vile and how he moved to the shadows to grow his plan, feed his hunger and study his ultimate target, Batman.
The Story: The main story is a spectacle of action that does a great job of fleshing out Gotham’s newest threat and his back story. Tamaki does a brilliant job of keeping the momentum the arc has been building growing and evolving and I loved the way Batman brings this story to its interesting and unexpected cliffhanger.
The second story does a brilliant job of showing the history of Hugh Vile and his connection to both the city and Batman. The story is well told and full of mystery.
The Art: Bogdanovic delivers some beautifully detailed art throughout the story. Every page is filled with vibrant energy. T. Rex delivers some awesome art in the Vile story. The character is harsh and scary and the art reflects the darkness of the character.