Review: Detective Comics #935

DTC_Cv935_56fb16cd71e644.94668797Batman and team find themselves in the crosshairs as the villain they’ve begun hunting turns the tables on them. Batman and Batwoman have the skills to survive, but do their young teammates? Is this where hero training ends in tragedy?

The idea of someone hunting Team Batman sounds interesting and feels like it sets up a worthy opponent, much like Scott Snyder did with the Court of Owls. And, at the end of this issue, we get a better sense of all of that. Most of this issue is really about Team Batman, particularly Batwoman.

Writer James T Tynion IV has put together a really interesting comic that really sets apart the vision of Batwoman and Batman with Robin, Spoiler, etc., caught in between the two. With Batwoman’s military background a team emphasis is there as well as working as a unit. Batman obviously has a bit more of a solo mindset barking orders at those around him to help. It’s set up we’ll likely see Batwoman’s approach saving the day and Batman’s butt. It just feels a bit obvious in this regard when it comes to where this will all go.

But Tynion gives us a lot of unique and interesting too. There’s the new location/headquarters which just looks cool. There’s the roles of Spoiler, Red Robin, Cassandra Cain, and Clayface. Clayface especially feels like something new I haven’t seen. We also get Red Robin standing up a bunch and his role with Batman being redefined along the way. The interactions. The relationships (including one which should get folks excited). It all feels fresh to me and that it’s building towards something new and different, a bit of old mixed with a bit of new.

The art by Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira is solid just like last issue. You can see Barrows is tempting to invoke some of the interesting page layouts from Batwoman’s previous solo book and it generally works. The inks look fantastic adding a dark vibe without being too much black and blocking out what’s going on. There’s tons of detail on the page that’ll have you lingering to catch everything.

I think the comic is pretty solid like the last one continuing to build what should pay off down the road. Again, it feels like something old mixed with something new, and that’s a lot of what Rebirth is. The fact that Batwoman’s worldview is at the center of this issue makes me happy in that it emphasizes she’s running the show here, and that alone sets it all apart.

Story: James T Tynion IV Art: Eber Ferreira, Eddy Barrows
Story: 7.8 Art: 7.8 Overall: 7.8 Recommendation: Read

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