Jim Gordon Continues His Crusade as the New Batman in DC #42

DC Comics delivers plenty of unflinching action and suspense as it rolls out Batman: Detective Comics #42. The story of James Gordon taking on the cape (Okay, maybe not) and cowl continues to impress me with this chapter entitled “Partnerships.” Artist Fernando Blanco captures the dark senses of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato’s engrossing script making the present story-arc one you don’t want to miss out on.

In Batman: Detective Comics #42, the all-new Dark Knight tries to find his place in Gotham City! But how can he manage his already uneasy relationship with the GCPD while facing off with a gang dead-set on crippling his crime fighting technology?

The issue is rated T for Teen. It contains profanity, violence, intense scenes, adult situations, and alcohol. The sexual content found in the last book has toned down tremendously. Batman: Detective Comics #42 is almost a perfect example of the sort of balance the series should strive to attain when it comes to keeping older and teen readers coming back for more.

I’m really enjoying where writers Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato are taking the monthly Batman: Detective Comics title. I could see Jim Gordon as the Dark Knight getting his own series even when Bruce Wayne comes back into the picture. We all know that will eventually happen. It’s the sort of gritty tale which would translate well down the road in a live-action setting like “Gotham.” Also, did anyone notice that Harvey Bullock’s face resembled that of Donal Logue’s in certain panels?

Batman: Detective Comics #42 is available now in print and Kindle editions.