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Detective Comics #1000

by Alan Rapp on April 2, 2019

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Detective Comics #1000 comic reviewMuch like Action Comics #1000, the one-thousandth issue of Detective Comics offers a wide variety of stories featuring Batman (with the notable exception of Bruce Timm, but I’ll correct that oversight that here) including a final story setting up the comic’s next arc from writer Peter J. Tomasi and artist Doug Mahnke involving a new vigilante in Gotham City. While I understand the idea in having both Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams work on their own stories, I think putting one of the most famous Batman creative teams back together to craft a new tale would have been a nice nod to fans of their run.

The various stories involve Batman being inducted into a detective guild, Matches Malone hunting down the gun that killed Thomas and Martha Wayne and finding a new use for it, Batman funneling a cult into a warehouse on the outskirts of Gotham where he takes them out one by one, Batman meeting with Leslie Thompkins in Crime Alley on the anniversary of his parents’ death, the Dark Knight Detective tracing a murder back to the League of Assassins, the Penguin gloating after discovering Bruce Wayne’s secret, and a future Bat-Family fighting crime in Gotham.

My favorites of the collection include Paul Dini’s story about the worst henchman in the history of Gotham (whose misadventures are retold by various villains), James Tynion IV’s tale of Alfred making a persuasive argument for Dick Grayson to join Batman in the field as Robin, and a humorous tale by Tom King featuring the extended Bat-Family discussing Batman (including Damian making several digs at Nightwing).

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Detective Comics #998

by Alan Rapp on February 19, 2019

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Detective Comics #998 comic reviewBatman‘s investigation into the recent attacks on the close allies of both Batman and Bruce Wayne leads him down another false path as the Dark Knight Detective confronts Dr. Hugo Strange (who is intrigued by, but innocent of, the accusation Batman lays at his feet). And when another friend is attacked by the bizarre monster, Batman will go to great lengths to make sure it doesn’t do any more harm.

Detective Comics #998 is most notable for Batman donning the Hellbat armor to save the Demon from an attack. The attack also seems to imply that there is some kind of mystical, and not just monstrous, force behind the recent attack on Batman’s friends.

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  • Title: Batman: The Animated Series – Dreams in Darkness
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Batman: The Animated Series - Dreams in Darkness TV review

Our Throwback Tuesday post takes us back to Gotham City. “Dreams in Darkness” is one of those episodes of Batman: The Animated Series I often forget about, which is surprising since it has such an unusual set-up. The episode opens with a ranting Batman (Kevin Conroy) incarcerated inside Arkham Asylum. Through an extended flashback we see the series of events which led Batman to be exposed to the Scarecrow‘s (Henry Polic II) fear toxin and the reason for his trip to Arkham to confront the villain the doctors mistakenly believe is still locked up in his cell. The set-up is clever as the doctors have every reason to question Batman’s ramblings, and the Dark Knight Detective’s hallucinatory state leads him to make the impulsive choice to head to Arkham without sharing his deductions with the GCPD.

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Detective Comics #996

by Alan Rapp on January 23, 2019

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Detective Comics #996 comic reviewAfter learning nothing of interest from the Arkham Asylum menagerie, Batman‘s investigation into the recent attacks on the close allies of both Batman and Bruce Wayne leads to Paris and a reunion with Ducard who has already figured out the truth of attacks which the Dark Knight Detective won’t piece together until the issue’s conclusion: someone is systematically targeting everyone who had a hand in creating Batman.

While the mystery continues to deepen, and we also see nods to various aspects of Batman’s past (such visiting his old sensei in the Himalayas where a certain flower grows), there are still aspects of the arc I’m not fond of starting with the bizarre Clayface-ish nightmare creature that attacks Batman and Ducard. While there’s obviously someone quite intelligent behind the attacks on those who helped Bruce Wayne become Batman, I’m not wild about his stable of horror movie henchmen.

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Detective Comics #994

by Alan Rapp on December 20, 2018

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Detective Comics #994 comic reviewThe countdown to Detective Comics #1000 begins here as we join Batman and Commissioner Gordon investigating an unusual double-murder on the anniversary of the deaths of Thomas and Martha Wayne. With the victims’ bodies altered and dressed to resemble Bruce Wayne’s parents, the obvious question is… why? An attack on Leslie Thompkins shortly after makes it all to obvious that someone is hunting both Bruce Wayne and Batman.

Given the plastic surgery, and the detailed knowledge of Batman’s true identity and past, the most obvious choice for the villain behind the complicated charade would be Hush. Although that seems to be the best bet, we’ll have to wait and see if that is indeed the case.

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