FROM THE PUBLISHER: After 80 years, it’s here-the 1,000th issue of DETECTIVE COMICS, the title that literally defines DC! This 96-page issue is stacked with an unbelievable lineup of talent that will take you on a journey through Batman’s past, present and future...plus a sensational epilogue that features the first-ever DC Universe appearance of the deadly Arkham Knight! But who is under the mask? And why do they want Batman dead? The incredible future of Batman adventures begins here!
Detective Comics has finally reached #1000 issues! That is quite a feat really, the book originally launched back in March of 1937. It didn’t even feature everyone’s favorite detective himself until 27 issues later when he made his grand debut in Detective Comics #27 which was released two years later in 1939. For a book that has lasted so long, 80 years to be exact, it’s had its fair share of ups and downs but it remains a staple in the world of Bat-books. There’s been so many talented writers and artists who have firmly put their stamp on the caped crusader through the pages of Detective Comics over the years that it’s difficult to even say “Well, Writer A was the best” or “Artist C was the end all, be all”. With issue #1000 out, it should be clear that there’s no stopping this book.
So, enough history eh? Let’s dig into it!
If you didn’t already know, Detective Comics #1000 is an issue full of short stories by extremely talented writers and artists. It does not feature any kind of single narrative train and instead opts to be a sort of “Greatest Hits” type of book. Personally, this made it quite a mixed bag for me. Some of these shorts are so well done like the final story Batman’s Greatest Case by Tom King with art from Tony S. Daniel and Joëlle Jones which tells a fun story featuring nearly every member of the Bat-family over just a few pages. The art is also top notch as you’d expect from Daniel and Jones. It’s easily one of the bigger gems you’ll find in this issue.
There are other good shorts too like The Batman’s Design by Warren Ellis with art from Becky Cloonan. It’s a quick look into the way Batman plans attacks and executes them with perfect results. The art is fantastic here too, it has a very classic look to it that makes the colors pop. I also particularly liked the Kevin Smith and Bendis stories among others.
But, then you have stories like The Last Crime In Gotham by Geoff Johns with Kelley Jones doing the art. Whoa, talk about dropping the ball! Or bomb, either way. I was glad this story was only a couple of pages long. I wasn’t a fan of its short narrative or the art which is shocking to me because I usually love the Kelley Jones Batman. It’s a quick mystery that honestly reminded me of a scene from the 60’s Adam West Batman film. I understand they didn’t have a lot of time to flesh out the story a bit more and I don’t want to be too harsh but Johns is a better writer than this.
There are other stories I didn’t really care for such as the Paul Dini story and even the opening short which is written by Scott Snyder. However, you’ve got 97 pages worth of Batman here. Within those 97 pages, you have so much variety I’d be shocked if you couldn’t find at least something you’ll enjoy. Is it a perfect issue? No, not In my opinion. But, is it worth reading? I would say so considering I liked probably half of the shorts myself. Plus, it’s just really fun to see all your favorite characters in a single book with so many different takes on them. Every short story has its own tone and art style.
Oh and by the way, the epilogue....I think they’re onto something there. I cannot wait to see what comes next. *insert gif of James McAvoy fanning himself in Wanted here*
RATING: LET’S GO!