Come For The Corndogs, Stay For The Laughs (Dectective Comics 1008 Review)

Writer Peter J. Tomasi

Artist Doug Mahnke

Inker Jaime Mendoza

Colorist Dave Baron

Letterer Rob Leigh

Last Issue

After being kidnapped and his partner killed. Jim Corrigan is strapped to a sacrificial table surrounded by fanatics who worship The Spectre. Meanwhile, Bruce and The Spectre are on his trail. Picking apart every crime scene with a precision one can describe as robotic. Quickly deducing Jim’s whereabouts, along the way the spirit of vengeance explaining to Bruce Jim’s significance. Soon after they bust into the cult’s hideout and freeing Jim of his imminent demise. Another case solved with the help of the Dark Knight.

 

This Issue

This year of the villain DC has announced kicks us off with an invitation to a carnival. Not one I’d likely attend that’s for certain. The Joker has an entire carnival, the staff, and patrons held hostage with snazzy Joker necklaces, and we all know who the invitation is intended for. Joker’s one true love, Batman. Bruce, having no choice but to save who he can and attend this carnival of harlequin horrors. 

 

Thoughts

This is a pretty good start to the year of the villain. I must admit that I love the Joker, but this carnival trope does not evoke excitement anymore when it comes down to it. The way it’s set up is wonderfully done. Having at properly portray a lot of the confused fear in the faces of Gotham’s citizens and carnival fun in tandem. I just really hope this next issue develops something a bit different in name of direction as far as Joker and his infamous carnivals are concerned. I tip my hat to Tomasi for making this trope interesting as a whole. So, for now, I will hold my judgments to see where this tunnel of love goes. 

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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
Tomasi is a very good writer so I have to give him the benefit of the doubt. Next issue should be rather interesting. Pop into your local comic shop to grab this title.
Good
  • Great artwork.
  • Some new takes on an old trope.
  • Can't help but read this in Mark Hamill's voice.
Bad
  • Old trope is still old trope.
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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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