DC Comics gives fans another one-shot prequel to their current Batman event through Detective Comics: Endgame. There’s no denying the cover of the issue featuring a figure wearing an Anarky mask with a smile painted on it is eye-catching. However, many will be disappointed as to what they’ll get on the inside of a book holding the subtitle “Anarky is No Joke!”
In Detective Comics: Endgame #1, the city is overrun by Jokerized victims, but a small band of teenagers unites to take a stand. Their secret knowledge of Gotham City’s streets helps them survive, but will Batman take help from this young group of upstarts? And what could it mean for the future of the young heroes in Gotham City?
Writer Brian Buccellato seems less than enthusiastic about giving readers anything too important or memorable when it comes to what happens before Endgame. I’m not sure anyone will gain anything they need or want from this one-shot. The artwork by Roge Antonio and Ronan Cliquet is highlighted by a full-page spread of a young vigilante team heading into battle donning Anarky masks with red smiles painted on them.
The one-shot comic is rated T for Teens. Detective Comics: Endgame #1 features violence and frightening and intense scenes. There’s nothing here except the usual comic book smackdowns and fist fights. Some of the action takes place at a strip club, but nothing sensual is shown.
Detective Comics: Endgame #1 really has little to get excited about. Batman is nowhere to be found amongst all the action as Batwoman, Batgirl, and Red Robin do battle with a crowd of Joker’s poisoned victims. An insinuated appearance by Anarky doesn’t even come to fruition, unless you’re satisfied with a full page spread and two panels of individuals wearing the white masks with a painted-on smile. I found the issue rather anticlimactic after the false hope we’re given by such a striking cover.
Detective Comics: Endgame #1 is available now in print and Kindle editions.