When The Ice Cracks (Detective Comics #1012 Comic Review)

Story & Words Peter J. Tomasi

Penciller Doug Mahnke

Inker Jaime Mendoza

Colorist David Baron

Letterer Rob Leigh

Cover Guillem March & Arif Prianto

Variant Cover Ryan Sook

Last Issue

Bruce and his new WWII vet friends worked together to take down Deadshot, who had been hired to take Wayne Enterprises executives hostage. A price on each of their heads. Meanwhile, in Gotham, Mr. Freeze has been plotting for the past three issues. Deep in the Pine Barrens, he changes his wife’s containment and gives dockets to what appear to be mercenaries on his wife.

This Issue

Freeze’s men spread to complete their mission from Victor’s plans. Each squad employed with the kidnapping of someone with the same physiological traits as his wife. (F)lex Luthor had given him a serum to cure his wife. Fries, being the scientist he is, has to test it before risking his entire world on the word of a Luthor. This isn’t as easy as just sending out some mercenaries and getting subjects. Mr. Freeze’s instruction was strict and when complications arise, one group of mercenaries doesn’t get their target.

Thoughts

I like the setup and execution of this very much. With the three past issues of this publication having a small addition to this payoff, I’m excited to see where this story takes us. Freeze has been on the back burner for some time. Seeing Flex Luthor take notice of him and even extend a hand for “help” is very much suspect. In which case I suspect that Bruce is going after Flex soon after he finds out his connection to this. Year of the Villain is turning out rather good.

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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
This cliffhanger follow up was very much enjoyable. Between the small interactions with the trope-filled henchmen and how Freeze deals with certain issues really brings the build up full circle for me. Showcasing the attention to planning and how hard coordination of a task can be with so many people.
Good
  • Good Set Ups
  • Attention To Character Traits
  • Well Thought Out
Bad
  • Freeze May Be A Pawn
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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