Batman Protects the Salt of the Earth in Detective Comics #49

James Gordon continues his reign as Gotham's Dark Knight in Detective Comics #49. Peter J. Tomasi provides the script for Fernando Pasarin’s illustrations. The two give us a tale that takes us back to the golden age adventures of the Caped Crusader when he not only dished out a good beating but solved a mystery along the way.

In Detective Comics #49, James Gordon is caught up in an cold case from his days on the force. He grapples with the new freedom he has as Batman to investigate the crimes of Gotham City…and the slippery slope that this freedom can be. Does the system he’s believed in all this time still work? Or is it the only thing he has left to hold on to?

Since the story arc we’re still focused on in issue #49 is the same as #48, I don’t feel like I’m giving away in spoilers telling you what I love about it. We’re given a real mystery man here who continues to blow holes in Batman and the police investigators’ theories. It’s a wholly original character that changes everything just when you think you have him figured out.

Fernando Pasarin’s artwork is an interesting departure from that of Marcio Takara and Steve Pugh. His penciling has a unique look to it that varies from the precision we get from Jim Lee and others of that kind. It adds a nice touch of variety to a medium that sometimes gets static.

Issue #49 of Detective Comics is rated T for Teen. It contains violence, profanity, and frightening and intense scenes. There are some perilous moments which could be stressful for younger readers.

Detective Comics #49 continues to live up to its title. Over the course of the past two issues, we've seen the story play out like an episode of Sherlock or Perry Mason (if anyone reading remembers him). The antagonist and the mystery behind his motivation is both captivating and refreshing. I look forward to seeing the crimes solved by Jim Gordon's Batcop through the use of his brains and brawn.

Detective Comics #49 is available now in print and digital editions.