Hunter meet Hunter (Detective Comics #996 Comic Review)

Story & Words Peter J. Tomasi

Penciller Doug Mahnke

Inkers Jamie Mendoza & Mark Irwin

Colorist David Baron

Letterer Rob Leigh

Cover Mahnke, Mendoza & Baron

Variant Cover Brian Stelfreeze

Asst. Editor Dave Wielgosz

Editor Chris Conroy

Group Editor Jamie S. Rich

Last Issue

Batman raced against the clock to save Leslie, being hit with Joker toxin she had little life left. After taking the case of someone playing copycat with the Wayne murders, Batman finds himself in the center of was seems to be an attack from all sides. After seeing his replicated childhood trauma and with Leslie in his arms., he rushes to the bat cave only with enough time for some last kind words. In grieving, Alfred goes upstairs to prepare some food when there’s a sudden knock at the door. Zoro is at the door, looking to make himself a new sheath for his rapier out of Alfred’s torso. This is the last straw for Batman after he mends Alfred. He immediately heads to Arkham for answers.

This Issue

Knuckles bloody and raw, Bruce is frantic, panicking even. Whoever is responsible for these recent attacks knows with an absolute certainty who Bruce is. In his shuffling about for bearings, Bruce figures the best place to look would be for the man that taught him how to hunt in such a manner, Ducard. It makes sense, considering Damien killed his son in *cough cough* self-defense. Jokes on Bruce, it was a ploy to track down yet another person close to the bat as the two of them are ambushed.

Thoughts

The lead up to Detective Comics 1000 is so excited since it’s started the bi-weekly release has almost been unbearable, and I feel exactly the same about that right now. The art style does very well do illustrate both the setting in the world to what’s going on in the panel and even down to the characters. When Bruce first encounters Ducard and when they defend themselves being my favorite beat in the whole issue. This lead up is promising to expose us to a Bruce that is very much under attack, almost as if the hounds are cornering the family of foxes.

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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
Pick this issue up, and each of the other two issues leading up to #1000 it's gearing up to be one for the ages.
Good
  • Great use of Motifs
  • Compelling
  • Leaves You Excited For More
  • Ambitious Illustration
  • Attention To Detail
  • Emotional
8
Great
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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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