FROM THE PUBLISHER: Batman's first battle with the Arkham Knight was as brutal as they come...but things are about to get worse, as one of his most important allies jumps into the fray, and ends up in far over their head!
It’s books like this that make the bi-weekly release schedule worth it. This current arc, Medieval, really hit the ground running in the previous issue. There were new characters, great action, a cool cameo, an interesting mystery, and a nice cliffhanger for the ending. So, with that said It’s safe to say that hopes were pretty high for the second installment. Did it meet my expectations? We’ll get to that later, let’s discuss some stuff first.
Issue 1002 picks up right where the previous issue left off, it doesn’t skip a beat which I really appreciated. As you flip through the first few pages you’ll see Batman is still in quite a bit of trouble but surprisingly is actually saved by the GCPD. That doesn’t happen very often to my knowledge. With Batman then being forced to stay out of action for a minute due to being shot with enough arrows to bring down Solomon Grundy, Damian is introduced to help flesh out the narrative. He sees the damage that’s already been done and of course decides its time to do his own detective work to help out. Who doesn’t love detective hijinks with Damian Wayne?
Damian is on full display here doing what he does best, being like a bratty miniature version of his father. I’m not complaining by the way, I love Damian. He’s grown so much as a character since his initial debut. Tomasi does very well with balancing his personality here too which seems to be a problem for some writers. I dig it so far though, I should mention that it’s mostly a Damian issue. As DC mentions in their synopsis and you’ve probably pieced together yourself, he ends up far over his head. I won’t spoil those specifics, it’s an awesome read.
Before my final thoughts, I really want to talk about the art again. I know I mentioned it in my review of Detective Comics 1001, but it’s just gorgeous. The team of Bradley Walker, Andrew Hennessy, and Nathan Fairbairn are doing some fantastic work with this book. Their designs are familiar but have small touches which make them unique. I really like the way the action is drawn too, it’s very clear and easy to follow. Take your time flipping through the pages, it’s worth just taking it all in.
Tomasi continues to perfectly pace this story, it feels episodic like an arc should in my opinion. The dialogue is particularly worth noting in this one too, there’s some fun banter. The Arkham Knight has a specific manner of speaking which does well setting him apart from other characters and giving him more of his own personality. I think shifting the focus to Damian and expanding this conflict to the Bat-family was also a nice touch, it adds an extra level of menace to the villain and his followers. The ending will leave you asking “What happens next??!!” and wanting more. I really hope the momentum continues with #1003, two issues in and Tomasi & Co. definitely have my full attention.
RATING: LET’S GO!