DETECTIVE COMICS #854

Review by: superchuck

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I’ve got to say I was a little confused at the beginning of this issue. I haven’t read Batwoman since 52, and I haven’t read those issues since they came out (though I’ve gotten the TPBs and will soon rectify that). Because of this, I wasn’t sure if I had missed part of the story over the years. Was I supposed to already know that her father fills the role of Oracle/Alfred for her? This felt like I was dropped in the middle of the story, and I guess maybe that was the intention.

I found the interaction with Batman interesting. I’ve read interviews where Rucka has said this story has been sitting on the shelves for over a year, and I wonder if that was true about the art as well. You never got a full-on shot of Batman, and the dialogue was general enough that it could’ve been Bruce or Dick. Was that done on purpose because they had this done before R.I.P. and the outcome was still up in the air?

I found the backup to actually be a little stronger than the lead story. Maybe it was because he only had a small amount of pages to work with, but it seemed to just be packed with action, and such a good, simple, straightforward story, and I can’t wait for the next chapter.

But actually what made this issue extremely special for me was that I got to have it signed by Rucka himself at Zeus Comics here in Dallas. (also picked up and had him sign the first volume of Gotham Central since Josh and Connor have been raving so much about it). He’s a really nice guy, and I’m loving everything he’s doing now. Can’t wait to see where this is all going.

Story: 4 - Very Good
Art: 5 - Excellent

Comments

  1. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Her dad is indeed introduced here. We’re dropped into the middle of the action. After this initial arc of four issues, there will be a three issue origin story to flesh things out.

    Rucka intentionally left it vague as to the identity of Batman because he wants the story to hold up years, decades down the line when fans might not remember a time when Dick was Batman. Just keeping it simple so that this will remain a timeless story.   

     

  2. I was happy with it.  Indeed we were just "dropped in" on the story, as there has been basically no development on Batwoman since 52.  Glad to see we’re finally getting to know her.

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