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Review: Detective Comics #990


By Philip Schweier
October 10, 2018 - 04:29

Two Face is back in town, and for the past few issue she’s been gunning for Batman. In his usual schizophrenic manner, he’s left clues for Batman to follow. To lure him into a trap? To stymie his detective skills? To distract him from a greater crime? With someone as broken as Harvey Dent, there’s no discerning his motives or predicting his moves.

Predicting Two Face’s strategy is an even greater challenge when he appears on the side of the angels. Aside from the opening fight between Batman and Two Face, and Two Face’s involvement in an assault on the Gotham police, there is little to appeal to the reader. The narrative does not advance, and no answers are provided. I guess writer James Robinson was relying on last issue’s reveal to hook readers, but anyone paying half attention already knew Two Face was behind it all.

Stephen Segovia’s artwork is perfect for Batman, though in fairness, Ivan Plascensia’s coloring has as much to do with it. Plascensia masterfully manipulates lighting effects to reflect the action, as well as cultivating a three-dimensional enrironment.

I’m expecting answers next issue. These extended story arcs can be frustrating, even with the two-weeks schedule many of DC’s titles adhere to. I’m eager to see the stories advance quicker. Here’s hoping we will enjoy a more solid chapter in two weeks.

Rating: 4/10

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