Enter Knight, Cue Roundtable (Detective Comics #1002 Comic Review)

Writer Peter J. Tomasi

Penciller Brad Walker

Inker Andrew Hennessy

Colorist Nathan Fairborn

Letter Rob Leigh

Last Issue

Someone in Gotham is killing swathes of bat colonies. Autopsy shows no clear cause of death but with both the amount and frequency. Batman is on the case. Becoming frustrated with his results after nearly 50 different procedures. Bruce seeks the help of Manbat’s wife. In her need to help, she takes her husbands serum.

Batman needs to keep her under control. One false move could mean the end of the scientist. So Batman throws a grapple line in her mouth and starts to ride the creature throughout Gotham’s skyline. She leads Batman to the source, crying “save them.”

After an incredibly coordinated and strategic attack. The Arkham Knight uses his highly trained crew, high tech, and personal skill to pin Batman down and be ready for the kill. Bruce covered in arrows and bleeding profusely.

This Issue

Batman is in serious trouble, as he tends to be. Just before the Arkham Knight is able to strike the final blow. The GCPD arrive on the scene just in time to open fire upon this new villain and his crew. Arkham Knight surprising Bruce by using his body to block bullets that would have hit bystanders.
When the shooting stops for a moment, Jim throws Bruce into the Batmobile and send him away to get the arrows removed and his wounds treated. There Bruce makes some shocking discoveries. Meanwhile, the Arkham Knight makes preparations of his own.

Thoughts

I’m loving the thoughtful build up we are seeing in the Arkham Knights comic debut. It’s very clear that this is someone who knows not only who they are dealing with but how they operate. The art really lends itself to the story. Showing contrast in color while also using that to portray the Light vs Dark conflict we have here.

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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 up this issue guys, I feel this one is gonna be an unsung gem for sure. Not often do other mediums get their characters in the source material. So I hope they do the Knight very well.
Good
  • Compelling
  • Leaves You Excited For More
  • Attention To Detail
  • Ambitious Illustration
  • Ambitious Writing
Bad
  • Perhaps a bit bold for so early.
8.5
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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