Murder case is revisited, and not in a good way. It’s been recreated in
exacting detail, luring Batman down a rabbit hole of investigation that tugs at
some tightly knit psychological strings. Meanwhile, one of his oldest friends is
in danger – but from what?
This issue reunites Peter
J. Tomasi and Doug Mahnke, one of the most able of creative teams to work on
the Caped Crusader in recent years. As such, it promises a strong narrative without
a lot of hype to over-sell the story. Just good, capable storytelling.
Sharp-eyed readers might
think Batman has slipped up more than once, as he comes dangerously close to
revealing to Commissioner Gordon that Thomas and Martha Wayne were his parents.
But I’ve always adhered to a theory first proposed back in the 1970s, that
Gordon already knows Bruce Wayne is Batman. He just plays along for
This issue begins the
countdown to Detective Comics #1,000
– a landmark for any comic book of the modern era. However, with so much
touching upon Batman’s earliest days, I feel an artistic opportunity was missed
in one scene. As Batman struggles to save his friend while battling a monster
atop a rooftop, a not-so-veiled visual reference to the cover of Detective Comics #27 may have been in
order. Oh, well, maybe next time.