Review; Detective Comics #934
Review by Paul Fiander
Writer; James Tynion IV
Pencils; Eddy Barrows
Inks; Eber Ferreira
Colours; Adriano Lucas
Cover Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira
Letters; Marilyn Patrizio
Published by DC Comics
Warning; within the review things are hinted at within the make up of the issue but many are revealed by the cover so tread carefully.
Batman of all characters in the comics world is the poster boy for the lone vigilante. He may team up with others at times and he always has Alfred in his corner but for the most part he is at his best when lurking in the shadows getting ready to strike at a moment's notice. James Tynion IV though spends this issue both re-enforcing that fact as well as opening up Batman to a new and interesting partnership with Batwoman.
The start of the issue sees Bruce finding a drone that has been keeping tabs on the vigilantes of Gotham. With the idea of a greater conspiracy at play he looks to his cousin to take up his offer to drill the inexperienced heroes in order to keep them safe and make them an effective counter against the as yet unknown enemy. As far as the writing goes Tynion IV does a wonderful job in setting the scene and drawing the reader into his Gotham. With a mixture of locales and characters we get a broad stroke of what is currently the status quo along with a hint to the new upcoming Detective Comics series. I especially like the composition of the team he is assembling, they have a diverse mix of personalities that is sure to cause friction when the heat comes on.
Artistically Eddy Barrow’s pencils are brilliantly supported by Ever Ferreira's inks and the colours by Adriano Lucas. Together they create a realistic dark vision of Gotham that is in true keeping with the narrative. It is in the character designs however where the art really hits its zenith, from the powerful Batman to the more athletic Batwoman (even though the red on the inside of her cloak doesn’t scream stealth) each character is crafted with function at the forefront which should make for some exciting action set pieces in the series to come. These are shown in small glimpses but they seem more of a taster than a genuine look at the way the action will play out.
I'm happily impressed with the issue it sets up the narrative for the upcoming series while remaining a fun read throughout. With a great creative team at the helm it seems Detective Comics will continue on to its upcoming thousandth issue (I know it's still a few years away but it's mightily impressive) and beyond with the quality we have come to expect.