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Review: Detective Comics #989


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By Philip Schweier
Sep 26, 2018 - 5:03

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As Batman continues to delve into a murder case, he uncovers more and more clues leading into the world of domestic terrorism by the Fireflies, TweedleDee and TweedleDum, and the murder victim who appears to have had two identities. All of which leads to the non-revelation that behind all this manipulation is Two-Face.


One might argue that featuring Two Face on the cover of this issue ruins the big reveal at the end of the chapter. But the fact is that for anyone even paying half attention, it was never any secret. I figured it out last issue, and I’m sure I’m not the only one.


I’m curious to see where this story arc leads, as it reminds the audience that Two-Face is definitely on Batman’s A-list of foes; conspicuously absent when the Fireflies are discussing Gotham’s underworld hierarchy (another clue). Though why they put the Penguin on the third tier is a wee bit confusing. I would suggest he at least be on the second if not third, but that’s just me.


But the strength of this issue is in the dialogue, between Batman and Alfred and Batman and Commissioner Gordon. Two of Batman’s oldest allies, they have the privilege of being blunt with the truth, and reminding him that in their eyes, he’s not the urban legend that all of Gotham City believes him to be. He needs to hear that more often.


Rating: 7/10

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Last Updated: Sep 26, 2018 - 8:39

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