Saturday, July 23, 2016

Detective Comics Unleashes Apocalypse Now


With the Detective Comics title being published twice monthly now, it grows increasingly more difficult to keep up with reviewing each one. The seemingly breakneck speed of each issue is paralleled by what Writer James Tynion IV and Artist Eddy Barrows are thrusting on us every other week. Thankfully, both Detective Comics #935 and #936 are spellbinding enough to keep readers doubly interested in what’s going on within the pages of the books.


In Detective Comics #935, Batman and his team find themselves in the crosshairs as the villain they’ve begun hunting turns the tables on them. Batman and Batwoman have the skills to survive, but do their young teammates? Is this where hero training ends in tragedy?


Issue #936 of Detective Comics opens while Batman is M.I.A. It’s time for Batwoman to take the reins! But can she control a strike force that’s barely worked together…including unstable wildcard Clayface? The most enjoyable part of James Tynion IV’s story arc is the strained and building relationships between the odd choice of characters Batman threw together for his new team of crime fighters. I especially receive joy when getting to see Batwoman take charge of the bunch. She’s given a particularly challenging task and does her best to accomplish it one trial and tribulation at a time.


Detective Comics #935 and #936 are both rated T for Teen. They contain violence, language, and frightening and intense scenes. Most of the violence is the typical comic book variety we’re all used to seeing in the pages and on the screen of superhero comics and movies.


I've been saying it since the return to original numbering started and I'll say it again. I like where Detective Comics is going. Writer James Tynion IV strings us along issue by issue giving us just enough to keep us on a hook and coming back for more. Eddy Barrows's illustrations offer us a visually appealing companion to Tynion IV's captivating storytelling. We've been introduced to a real ragtag team of heroes looking to prove something to their Bat-boss. Their personal journeys along the way only add more drama and excitement to an already pulse-pounding adventure.

Detective Comics #935 is available now in print and digital editions.

Detective Comics #936 is available now in print and digital editions.

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