FROM THE PUBLISHER: Damian was so certain he could succeed against the Arkham Knight where his father failed-and not only was he wrong, but as it turns out, the Knight has a surprising plan for the son of Batman!
I’m going to assume you read issue 1002 if you’re here so with that in mind, how ‘bout that ending huh? If you didn’t read any of the previous issues, you should go get them or download them. However you read your comics, do it as soon as you can. You won’t regret it. How is THIS issue though?! Well, continue reading as I ramble on about it while looking like the heart eyes emoji for the next few paragraphs.
The story definitely continues the streak of quality with this issue and rides the Hell out of that wave of momentum built by the previous issues. One of the things we see early on is the aftermath of issue 1002, Damian was still missing and the Arkham Knight removed their helmet revealing their identity to him. We do get the full reveal of the Arkham Knight almost immediately which is cool and it isn’t who you’d expect. It’s a complete surprise. I’m incredibly glad that it’s not just pissed off Jason Todd again. So, then we also have Batman desperately trying to find his missing son and he seems a bit more emotional than usual. It’s nice to see that really, it’s rare though. We also see more of Damian being held captive and how that gets dealt with.
Like the previous entries, it moves along at a pace which isn’t too quick or too slow. Each issue of this story moves the narrative along just enough to keep you reading and needing more. The dialogue also continues to be top notch and clever. The dynamic built between Batman and Robin is just fantastic, their dialogue works so well. It feels very real and natural to these characters. It’s not forced whatsoever. A surprising aspect of this issue is how particularly brutal the Arkham Knight is which I did not expect at all but I dig it. Maybe I should’ve seen that one coming considering the character is leading a cult and wields a sword? Peter Tomasi has completely made this character his own at this point. I am really excited to see what happens with this version later on, not just in this arc.
There isn’t much action on display here which is fine in my opinion, we are clearly headed for a large conflict in the next final two issues with these characters so it’s better to have a moment to take a breath with. Besides, I really enjoy the character beats anyway. Tomasi clearly does too since he’s so good with them, they’re big highlights. Speaking of character beats, there’s a couple of cool cameos littered throughout the book since some of it takes place on Arkham Asylum. One character particularly gets a cool moment so keep an eye out for that!
Overall, what’s not to enjoy about this book? The story is awesome, the art by Bradley Walker is absolutely gorgeous, and it’s got another interesting surprise at the end. I’ll stop gushing now. But...
I said something similar earlier and I really don’t mind repeating it. You won’t be disappointed by this issue, Peter J. Tomasi’s Detective Comics is easily the best Batman book out right now.
RATING: LET’S GO!