Detective Comics #935 Review

Posted June 22, 2016 by Jean-Luc Botbyl in Comic Books

Written by: James Tynion IV

Art by: Eddy Barrows and Adriano Lucas

Publisher: DC Comics

The debut issue of Detective Comics was one of the nicest surprises of DC’s Rebirth initiative. It was a book I was excited for, but really was not prepared for how much I enjoyed the issue. Look, I’ll be the first to admit that a lot of my love for it comes from the fact that I was just so happy to see certain characters back in action. But I legitimately think Detective Comics #934 is a great issue. Unfortunately, the follow up doesn’t do quite as much for me. It’s far from bad, however, it is difficult to not be a little bit disappointed.

The worst part about this book is that Batman is actually around. While I think Tynion does a really good job of writing the rest of the cast, his Batman felt lacking, a little bit on the overwritten side. Some of his lines are particularly clunky, even for a character like Batman. Despite Batman being the worst offender here, he isn’t the only one. Both Tim and Kate have a few lines that feel completely unnecessary – they’re just there to give the reader bits of information that don’t seem relevant. And I still don’t understand what Clayface is doing here.

All that being said, I still had a blast with this issue. Look, Clayface being around doesn’t make much sense, but Tynion writes that character really well. Some of my favorite pieces of dialogue in this issue come from Clayface, a character I don’t particularly think of when contemplating interesting characters. Int he space of two issues, Tynion’s making some really good progress reversing that. Also, simulating his powers to create the Bat-family version of the Danger Room was a pretty genius idea, and only furthers the X-Men analogy I made when I talked about this book last. The thing is, despite the concept being awesome, I don’t think it’s used particularly well here. It’s the perfect scenario to allow character dynamics to take shape, and they kind of didn’t.

Fortunately, the issue later makes up for it as we get a solid few pages of dialogue between Tim and Stephanie, who I guess are actually together already in this universe (which is rad, by the way). Their conversation seems to be building towards another conflict, one that is more personal than the battle against Colony, which, if I’m being honest, has done much for me yet. The scene these two share also gives Cassie a good moment, and some of the exposition about her is actually useful.

As per usual, Eddy Barrows’ art is solid. It’s not without flaws (some of his mouths look kind of odd in this issue), but on the whole it has a pleasing aesthetic and he does a good job with visual storytelling. He’s also really good at drawing parts of Gotham that aren’t just the cityscapes we’re used to. He draws those well too, but it’s nice to have at least a little bit of variance in terms of setting, especially in a Batman comic.

Look, I get that this review may have seemed kind of contradictory at points. The bottom line is this: Detective Comics #935 is a good comic. No, it’s a really good comic. It has some really cool character moments, fully introduces a cool sub-plot, and has really good art. It’s just that it doesn’t quite reach the heights the first issue did.

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Jean-Luc Botbyl

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