DETECTIVE COMICS ANNUAL 2

FROM THE PUBLISHER: After years on the shelf, Batman returns to the Black Casebook! Throughout his career, Batman has compiled his most disturbing cases into one volume, its every page filled with bizarre horror and crimes he never quite managed to solve. Now a case from the past has re-opened itself in the here and now…and Batman will find himself face-to-face again with one of the deadliest villains he fought in his early years: the Reaper!

Another year gone by, another annual issue. Usually these annual issues are longer than the usual monthly or bi-weekly stuff and are one shots. The quality always ranges just like any other comic too, some are good and some are....less than good. Either way, I believe most of us fans look forward to these annual issues. I know I was pretty excited to read this one. The Reaper AND globe trotting Bruce Wayne?
Sign me up!

The book wastes no time and quickly introduces the Reaper who’s decided to deal out justice in the most violent ways allowing himself to be the judge, jury, and of course executioner. However, he isn’t in Gotham and is murdering his way through Europe instead. Bruce catches the news of the Reaper’s activities and decides its time for a European business trip. Great timing if ya ask me! Take care of some business, see the sights, and fight a super villain. 

We are treated to a number of great things in this issue. First and foremost, the interactions between Bruce and Alfred are absolutely fantastic. The duo reminds me of Ben Affleck and Jeremy Irons most recent versions of those characters. The banter is solid and sells the relationship between the two so well. We are also briefly introduced to a new female in Bruce’s life who seems different enough from his previous female pals to stand out. But, who knows if we’ll ever see her again? Still though, she’s well written and I would like to see more of her. Then we have the Reaper...

I was immediately sold on this character when I decided he looked like the unfortunate lovechild of Skeletor and the Red Death. Aside from that, it’s the usual angry “Batman refuses to go the extra mile so now I’m going to cut your dirty criminal throat with my huge elbow blade things” vigilante character. I dug it a lot! I was totally cool with the character until a reveal at the end of the issue. I wouldn’t say the ball was dropped but there may have been a stumble. A costly stumble. They were going for something grand and I get that but the most important aspect of the character didn’t work for me in the end. Luckily,it wasn’t enough to ruin it for me. Other than the stumble, more Reaper please! I’d especially love to see some flashbacks. 

If you’ve read any of my other reviews (which I hope you have) if you haven’t they are conveniently located on this site, you know the art in a book is really important to me. This book does not disappoint at all, I love the art here. Travis Moore and Max Raynor knocked this out of the park. The character designs are great, the action is well choreographed, it’s not gritty looking, etc. I love it. There’s a panel of Batman holding a pistol too and while I don’t like him using guns, it looked bad ass thanks to the artist. This is a fun little thing but there’s a few panels where Bruce looks a lot like Henry Cavill for some reason. I don’t know if that was the intention or what. Maybe I’m just crazy, let me know if you see it too. 

So, does this annual issue live up to the hype? It does! I throughly enjoyed this story and hope they continue it at some point. Maybe they could call it Batman: Far From Home? I know, I know...it sounds familiar but it works. Pick this up though, Peter J. Tomasi is just on fire right now as far as I’m concerned. 

So, does this annual issue live up to the hype? It does! I throughly enjoyed this story and hope they continue it at some point. Maybe they could call it Batman: Far From Home? I know, I know...it sounds familiar but it works. Pick this up though, Peter J. Tomasi is just on fire right now as far as I’m concerned. 

RATING: LET’S GO!

C.S. Evans

One of my earliest memories is watching Tim Burton’s Batman and absolutely loving it. I was instantly hooked on anything Batman and later other comic related stuff too especially the X-Men. As a kid, I was already trying to fancast my own X-Men film. Y'know...now that l think about it, not much has really changed.