Detective Comics #1049
Written by Mariko Tamaki
Art by Ivan Reis
Inks by Danny Miki
Colors by Brad Anderson
Letters by Ariana Maher
The Rundown: The Bat family’s investigation into the Tower reveals an ally who has no interest in leaving.
The third part of the Shadows of the Bat storyline continues in this issue as Dr. Chase Meridian decides to deep dive into Ana’s dark history. In the aftermath of their session, Ana is visited by a mysterious man who knows who she is. At the same time, Kate Kane begins her undercover assignment in Arkham Tower. After visiting some of the patients and seeing how lax security is, Kate remembers a time when she and Batman tried to bring in one of the patients she now finds herself treating.
Wear meets with a shadowy contact and reveals that he has people imbedded within the institution and needs them to fall in line until he gets what he needs from the mayor. Batwoman discovers that one of their allies is in Arkham Tower and refuses to leave. As the rest of the team determines whether or not to get her out, one of the orderlies will discover that the patients in Arkham Tower are not as docile as they appear.
The Story: Tamaki crafts an entertaining and tension filled story in this issue. I continue to enjoy this storyline because it does a great job of fleshing out the characters and conflicts all while keeping the tension incredibly high. The dialogue is great and I enjoyed all of the surprises revealed within the story as well as what they could mean to both the characters themselves and Arkham Tower. I cannot wait to see where this story goes next and how it evolves.
The Art: Ivan Reis delivers some fantastic imagery throughout the issue. The characters are dynamic and brilliant composed on the page. The action is thrilling throughout and there is a wonderful sense of tone to the art that enhances the story.