Review: Detective Comics #940

dtc_cv940_dsThis epic concludes with a battle against the Colony that will change Batman’s world forever—and in a way you’d never expect! Whether they win or lose, they’ve already lost…

Wrapping up the initial arc for Detective Comics #940, writer James T. Tynion IV gives us an ending that feels action filled and epic but also packs an emotional punch.

I’m not going to spoil what happens, we try not to do that here, but the issue features Batman, Batwoman, and their team taking on the Colony, all the while Tim Drake, aka Red Robin, is surrounded by the Colony’s drones ready to gun him down. Not a spoiler, that’s how the last issue ended.

The comic plays the shock moment, but the way Tynion delivers it doesn’t feel like a cheap stunt. Things have been foreshadowed and it’s not really shocking as to what happens… but there’s still this gut punch. I think what’s particularly nice is that Tynion knows when to use words and knows when to let the imagery do the talking.

dtc_940_2-3Eddy Barrows on pencils and Eber Ferreira on inks nail the issue. There’s one panel in particular of a shaking Batman that is just amazing. To have motion come through like it does, and with this particular perspective, is impressive. With what happens, there’s another iconic panel that will be ingrained for some like the final punches of Superman vs Doomsday are for me. It all just feels epic and what should feel like a cheap trick is anything but.

Barrows and Ferreira also deliver solid page layouts that kept me looking at the whole page. There’s some cool use of panels that make things really stand out.

And part of the reason it doesn’t feel like a cheap trick? We get an epilogue! And what an epilogue, that ties into the events into the greater mystery as to what has happened with the DC Universe. This doesn’t feel like a stunt, it feels like something that’s a small piece of something greater. By mixing in real emotion, giving us clear answers immediately, and add in solid art, we’ve got a hyped issue that actually lives up to it.

Story: James T Tynion IV Art: Eddy Barrows Ink: Eber Ferreira
Story: 9 Art: 8.45 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review