Two Sides To Every Coin ( Detective Comics #989 Comic Review)

Writer James Robinson

Artist Stephen Segovia

Colors Ivan Plascencia

Cover Segovia & Plascencia

Variant Cover Mark Brooks

Assistant Editor Dave Wielgosz

Editor Chris Conroy

Group Editor Jamie S. Rich

Last Issue

Batman is slowing down a bit it seems since the wedding, everyone close knows he’s not okay. Knowing Bruce though that never stops him, he can’t stop, he can always improve. So when he decides to take up a case of simple murder, Jim Gordon is a bit concerned. Coming to the scene personally to speak with Batman personally. Making sure his friend is okay. Murders, however, are never simple. Batman uncovers an arsenal at the victim’s apartment just a Firefly arrives with a protege to clean up. Bruce knows he’s onto something big and will stop at nothing to find out what’s going on.

This Issue

Bruce is on the trail to two firebugs. Figuring out that the murder victim is actually not who he was identified as, in reality, the body was of someone murdered in another city. While Batman learns there’s a master of this puppet show pulling the strings, Firefly explains to his successor how he’s been able to stay at this even with the Batman constantly defeating him. Batman arrives on the scene to snuff out these bugs before any more of Gotham is lost to their flames. Here to end the puppet show.

Thoughts

This new arc with Bruce off of his game is rather interesting. I’m very much enjoying the incorporation of Bruce being depressed since the wedding in all of these recent issues. Stephen Segovia brings art that is intense even in parts of exposition really compliments Robinson’s writing to the fullest.

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Travis Tucker

Travis Tucker

Born in Florida, dragged to California because of Internet dating. Comics have always helped me have a healthy escape when I was younger. As I got older my friends used me as their comic encyclopedia for random trivia. Now, I show my daughter all the stories and characters that helped me through, and being able to share my views on that through reviews is one of my favorite privileges.
Summary
I liked this issue, but it was still quite slow and rather cliche if I'm being honest. I like the emotion that Batman is getting but honestly with how slow paced this new arc is I can't but feel like this is just run of the mill filler, and will ultimately have no impact.
Good
  • Great Character Development
  • Great use of Motifs
  • Attention To Detail
Bad
  • Slow Read
  • less substance than previously
  • Boring writing
  • Cheesy, yes the bad kind
6.5
Fair
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Born in Florida, dragged to California because of Internet dating. Comics have always helped me have a healthy escape when I was younger. As I got older my friends used me as their comic encyclopedia for random trivia. Now, I show my daughter all the stories and characters that helped me through, and being able to share my views on that through reviews is one of my favorite privileges.

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