Review: Detective Comics #997
By Philip Schweier
Jan 30, 2019 - 5:25
Writer(s): Peter J. Tomasi
Penciller(s): Doug Mahnke
Inker(s): Christian Alamy, Mark Irwin
Colourist(s): David Baron
Letterer(s): Rob Leigh
Cover Artist(s): Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza, David Baron; Brian Stelfreeze
This issue, the victim-to-be is Thaddeus Brown, the man behind Batman’s skill at escape. Apparently he also trained Scott Free (though I always thought that came from his life on Apokalyps). Together, they must free themselves from a tank rapidly filling with water. However, drowning is no their only peril. There’s also man-eating sharks on the prowl for their next meal. It’s hardly a spoiler that they escape, and Batman continues following the clues to the next suspect on the list.
For those that enjoy Batman as your all-purpose crime fighter, this storyline is for you. He is a detective, and escape artist, a brawler, and a partner when paired with the right teammate. He’s gone up against street criminals, super villains, monsters, and everything in between. He is the multi-purpose, multi-dimensional super-hero, and it is perhaps that that makes him so popular among comic book fans.
As the build-up to Detective Comics #1,000 continues, it is my hope that history will not repeat itself with a rehash of The Untold Legend of the Batman. Comics often repeat themselves, retelling old stories younger fans may be unfamiliar with. If it’s a fresh new spin, fine, I’ll be open-minded. Otherwise, let the Detective Comics #1,000 truly be the great story it deserves to be.