Thursday, August 4, 2016

A New Batman Rises in Detective Comics Volume 8


DC Comics delivers plenty of unflinching action and suspense as it rolls out "Batman: Detective Comics Volume 8: Blood of Heroes". The graphic novel collects issues #41 through #47 of the monthly series as well as the the Sneak Peek story from Convergence: Justice League of America #2. It was written by Brian Buccellato, Ray Fawkes, Francis Manapul, and Peter J. Tomasi. Artwork was provided by Fernando Blanco, Francis Manapul, Steve Pugh, and Marcio Takara.


With a new Batman on patrol, Harvey Bullock is leading a Bat task force—but can he be trusted? And what kind of welcome awaits his new partner, Renee Montoya? Plus, the Joker’s Daughter reveals her plans to take on Batman and his task force—and they might prove deadly to Jim Gordon! Batcop also embarks on his first mission with the Justice League to solve a series of mysterious mass murders in "Batman: Detective Comics Volume 8: Blood of Heroes".


The story of James Gordon taking on the cape (Okay, maybe not) and cowl continues to impress me in Batman: Detective Comics #42. 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.


Batman: Detective Comics #45 was all over the place narratively. The comic starts out with what looks like the introduction to a new story but then we end up in Bruce Wayne's living room chatting about old times before being jettisoned into a crisis in the skies over Gotham City. We do get some exhilarating action at the hands of both Jim Gordon's Batcop and the Justice League. However, I want to know a little more about the catastrophe we were introduced to in the first few pages of the issue. Writer Tomasi does provide a good balance by giving both Bruce Wayne and Jim Gordon ample time in the spotlight.


Peter J. Tomasi has created a tale that is both heart-wrenching and astonishing all at the same time for Batman: Detective Comics #46. Jim Gordon’s first mission with the Justice League will leave even the most callous reader fighting back a lump of sadness in your throat. It’s a tragic story that brings to mind classic books and monster movies we all grew up consuming.


A breakneck pace and exhilarating artwork make for an exciting reading experience when diving into Batman: Detective Comics #47. Steve Pugh’s full-page spread of Batcop and Dick Grayson springing into danger is a memorable image fit for framing. Fawkes does his part to give his audience a suspenseful ride within the confines of one piece of a massive puzzle.


The issues within "Batman: Detective Comics Volume 8: Blood of Heroes" are all rated T for Teen. They contain profanity, violence, intense scenes, adult situations, smoking, and alcohol. Aside from one issue containing some rather explicit visual sexual connotations, there's nothing out of the ordinary to report as far as content goes.


I love Jim Gordon's Batcop. I could see Jim Gordon as the Dark Knight getting his own series. 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 Volume 8: Blood of Heroes" is available now in print and digital editions.

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