Seeing The Folks For The Holidays (Detective Comics #994 Review)
Writer Peter J. Tomasi
Penciller Doug Mahnke
Inker Jamie Medoza
Colorist David Baron
Letterer Rob Leigh
Cover Mahnke, Mendoza, Baron
Variant Cover Mark Brooks
Assist. Editor Dave Wielgosz
Editor Chris Conroy
Group Editor Jamie S. Rich
Some stories are very much worth retelling. You would have to do some deep digging to find someone that doesn’t know at least one origin story of a comic book character. Batman is certainly no exception to that rule. We all know his tale, child of billionaire parents gunned down in an alley behind a movie theater. Forcing the boy into such a darkness that only becoming a vigilante could stop his inner pain. There are plenty of times the story has been told. Each iteration bringing a new level of information to the picture.
In Detective Comic #994 this tale is told once more, with a sickening twist. On the anniversary of the Wayne murders, someone has planted bodies with the exact features of Thomas and Martha Wayne into a water tank. Both victims have had plastic surgery for appearance, exact same clothes down to the brand names, and identical mortal wounds. Someone is after Bruce and the answer of who may be far easier to figure out than we think.
This was a very good issue, from the sendoff we got after the team up with Dent, this issue uses that closure to toss into a fresh vat of fictional addiction coated anxiety. Everything about what’s going on in this issue raising an eyebrow, Batman fans will be begging to find out what’s gonna happen next. I can’t help but go over it, again and again, trying to figure exactly what’s going to happen next. It seems so obvious, but how? We must know!
Summary Very exciting start of the countdown to #1000. I'm excited to see what DC has in store for one of their flagship characters. Bold things are coming for the bat, mark my words.