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Preview: Detective Comics #990

Detective Comics #990

(W) James Robinson (A) Stephen Segovia (CA) John Paul Leon
In Shops: Oct 10, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Batman is hot on the trail of a murder suspect, but first he’ll have to get past Two-Face. Even though Harvey Dent seems to be asserting control, how long before he becomes a sociopathic criminal once again? More importantly, what is Dent’s connection to the victim, and what does it all have to do with the terrorist organization of slithering serpents called Kobra?! Whatever it is, it’s big enough to reunite Jim Gordon and former district attorney Harvey Dent, and that meeting alone is worth the cover price.

Batman’s newest partner…Two-Face? As Harvey Dent’s persona asserts fragile control over the villain’s psyche, the Dark Knight, Commissioner Gordon and their ally-turned-enemy-turned-ally must work together to stop Kobra’s terrorist attack against Gotham City.

Preview: Detective Comics #989

Detective Comics #989

(W) James Robinson (A/CA) Stephen Segovia
In Shops: Sep 26, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Fighting off Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum and two versions of the pyro-maniac Firefly shouldn’t be too difficult for Batman…but the real threat comes from the fact that they’re pairs! For some reason, Two-Face doesn’t want Batman to discover the truth behind the murder he’s investigating…but what’s his angle?

Preview: Detective Comics #988

Detective Comics #988

(W) James Robinson (A/CA) Stephen Segovia
In Shops: Sep 12, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Kicking off an arc guest-written by James Robinson (writer of the Batman classics “Blades” and “Face the Face”) with art by rising star Stephen Segovia! It looks like the kind of murder case too ordinary to draw the attention of Batman…but once the World’s Greatest Detective gets involved, the identity of the victim completely unravels-and leads to a conspiracy among some of the Dark Knight’s strangest foes!

Preview: Detective Comics #987

Detective Comics #987

(W) Bryan Hill (A) Miguel Mendonca (CA) Eddy Barrows
In Shops: Aug 22, 2018
SRP: $2.99

Then, the pulse-pounding “On the Outside” storyline hurtles toward its cataclysmic conclusion! Batman has tasked Katana, Black Lightning, the Signal and Orphan (a.k.a. Cassandra Cain) with stopping a rogue operator using alien technology that can crack into any mind on Earth! What does this case have to do with the Brainiac Files seen in JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE #1? And how does Amanda Waller factor in? Guess you’re “outside” of Batman’s circle of trust… for now.

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day tomorrow! What do you plan on getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Comichron – July 2018 comics sales estimates: Batman #50 ships more than 441,000 copies, Spidey #1 289k – For those that enjoy the horse race.

CBR – Don’t Worry, Thor’s Ex-Roommate Darryl Survived Thanos’ Finger Snap – We can sleep at night now, how about you?

Newsarama – Marvel Reaches Out to John Byrne About New Work – After a Bitter Break-Up 18 Years Ago – Um…

 

Reviews

The Outhousers – Detective Comics #986

Talking Comics – She Could Fly #2

The Outhousers – Superman #2

Newsarama – The Thrilling Adventure Hour #1

Preview: Detective Comics #986

Detective Comics #986

(W) Bryan Hill (A) Philippe Briones (CA) Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira
In Shops: Aug 08, 2018
SRP: $2.99

Black Lightning, the Signal and Cassandra Cain are working very well together…but now they’re up against a foe who can tap directly into their worst emotions and play them like music! When you’ve seen the kinds of horrors these poor souls have, there’s plenty of trauma to work with…and with that, you can turn these heroes into deadly weapons! Meanwhile Batman’s “side project” has been revealed-what are the Brainiac Files, and what, exactly, does Batman plan to do with them?

Preview: Detective Comics #985

Detective Comics #985

(W) Bryan Hill (A) Philippe Briones (CA) Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira
In Shops: Jul 25, 2018
SRP: $2.99

Batman called Black Lightning to Gotham City for help with a specific case-but what is Batman hiding from Jefferson Pierce? It looks like he’s in touch with somebody from their mutual past, and he doesn’t want Black Lightning to know about it -and that operative might be in over their head!

Preview: Detective Comics #984

Detective Comics #984

(W) Bryan Hill (A) Miguel Mendonca (CA) Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira
In Shops: Jul 11, 2018
SRP: $2.99

“On the Outside” Part two. Batman wanted Black Lightning involved in the lives of his protégés-but how involved was the Dark Knight thinking? What kind of missions will Jefferson Pierce take them on? And what, exactly, is he whispering in their ears about Batman himself?

Review: Detective Comics #983

Beginning with a nod to the zeitgeist where “YouTubers” have supplanted television, film, sports, and music stars as the idols of youth culture, Bryan Hill lays out his thesis for his Detective Comics storyline and with artists Miguel Mendonca and Diana Egea and colorist Adriano Lucas adds explosions and obstacles to the team-up between Batman and seasoned principal, yet up and coming superhero Black Lightning. Detective Comics #983’s mysterious villain’s M.O. is that giving young heroes the opportunity to be a member of the Batman family and wear the Bat-symbol and dulling Batman’s edge as a vigilante who strikes fear into the heart of criminals. Hill and Mendonca immediately create a fairly high threat level as Batman’s young allies begin to be picked off one by one.

I really love how Hill, Mendonca, and Egea introduce Jefferson Pierce the principal and Black Lightning the superhero in Detective Comics #983. They show his dual nature by juxtaposing text of Pierce interviewing a potential teacher candidate with Black Lightning rescuing a kid from a masked criminal with a gun and a grenade. Hill’s writing, and Mendonca, Egea, and Lucas’ art show Black Lightning’s realist approach to crime fighting and life in general and that includes sometimes not saving everyone. Sadly, some students fall through the cracks, or criminals end up blowing themselves up instead of being taken alive. But this is the reality of Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning’s jobs, and his persistence and willingness to learn from his failures is why Batman wants to recruit him to lead and teach a team of young heroes.

Although, he could have gone the standard, house style superhero out, Miguel Mendonca makes Detective Comics #983 more memorable and even pays homage to the great comics of the past through his layout choices, like Dark Knight Returns-esque talking heads that add commentary to the events of the story. For example, explosions are a given in a superhero book, but Mendonca and his inker Diana Egea don’t do a double page money shot and move on. First, they show the impact of the bomb on Duke flying from a building in a way that screams pain and not cool action movie. And then they build on this by crafting a page with fragmented panels that look like stitches or veins as Alfred treats Duke after a fight with this mysterious hater of young people who are inspired by Batman and wear his symbol. In the panels, you can see Alfred pull shrapnel out of Duke’s skin with his own hands before it cuts to the title/credits page with Batman holding Duke’s arm and saying it’ll be okay. This inciting event shows the need for a “safety net” that Jefferson Pierce says his role as a principal is and coupled with the murder of the Batman-loving YouTuber creates the question of the Bat-symbol leading to more harm than good, which has sort of been a big theme in the comics since the death of Jason Todd in the late 1980s.

If there’s any real weakness in Detective Comics #983, it’s that Hill and Mendonca’s scene to scene transitions can sometimes be jarring like immediately going from Batman feeling pain for Duke to Bruce Wayne in sunglasses telling Martian Manhunter and the Justice League to not interfere with his new team that he’s setting up with Black Lightning. It’s a bit of a mood swing, and there’s a bit more in the Batcave before introducing Black Lightning in Metropolis. A thought will be introduced like Duke telling Batman that the villain said having a “Bat-family” made him weaker, and then it’ll cut to a fight scene in Metropolis. Hill has a definite grasp over the big picture and ends the book on a dark, powerful note, but location transitions could be a smoother. However, it is damn cool when Batman and Jefferson Pierce have their first meeting with Adriano Lucas bringing extra shadows, and Hill giving Batman a bit of a know it all attitude when it comes to calculations for his Black Lightning suit.

By starting Detective Comics #983 with a pair of tragedies that Batman failed to prevent, Bryan Hill, Miguel Mendonca, Diana Egea, and Adriano Lucas immediately place the Dark Knight on the defensive and challenge his preconceptions and reliance on young people to assist in his war on crime. Black Lightning is an organic fit for the story and doesn’t seem like a second fiddle with struggles and strengths of his own. Finally, Mendonca, Egea, and Lucas’ art work captures the power of a superhero action sequence without glossing over the pain that comes after especially in Duke’s case.

Story: Bryan Hill Pencils: Miguel Mendonca
Inks: Diana Egea Colors: Adriano Lucas Letters: Sal Cipriano
Story: 8.7 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Detective Comics #983

Detective Comics #983

(W) Bryan Hill (A) Miguel Mendonca (CA) Eddy Barrows
In Shops: Jun 27, 2018
SRP: $2.99

“On The Outside” part one! Duke Thomas. Cassandra Cain. They and other young heroes don’t intend to stand down, no matter what Batman thinks is best. Who can Batman trust to guide them? They need a teacher…and Black Lightning fits the bill!

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