Detective Comics #871

A comic review article by: Justin Carmona
In This Issue: In part one of the three part, “The Black Mirror,” Dick Grayson, the newly minted Batman of Gotham City, investigates some strange happenings among Gotham’s citizens that seem to have one thing in common--they all involve the use of confiscated items that have belonged to some of the city’s most notorious criminals.

The Good: Detective Comics is the last book in the Bat-line to come out under the new Batman Incorporated era and it looks like DC was indeed saving the best for last. By emphasizing the “Detective” in Detective Comics, writer Scott Snyder has written a very intriguing mystery that is worthy of the title. It’s really nice to see Grayson put some of his old Bludhaven PD training to use here, which can sometimes be forgotten by other writers.

The story is dark, suspenseful, and wonderfully paced. There are a couple of really great scenes with Grayson and Commissioner Gordon, once with Grayson as himself and another with him as the Batman that really add depth to the new relationship that the GCPD now has with the Wayne family since their public announcement of funding of all things Batman.

With the amazingly moody art of Jock on board, it only adds to the dark, noir tone that Snyder sets up. Whether it’s a scene of Batman conducting an interrogation with a prime suspect, going over the evidence with Commissioner Gordon or lunging himself from a tall building to try and save a woman who is plummeting to her death, Jock executes each moment brilliantly, never letting up on the suspense factor. This is simply hands-down the book that he was meant to draw.

And if this book didn’t already have enough, we get the first part of an amazing back-up feature as Commissioner Gordon takes the spotlight, when he investigates the possible reappearance of someone from his past that has come back to haunt him. Again, written by Snyder, only this time with the equally moody art of Francesco Francavilla, this is one story that has me chomping at the bit for the next issue just as much as I am for the main feature.

The Bad: You wanna read something negative about this book? Well, go looking someplace else, cause you won’t find it here.

The Bottom Line: If you like your Batman comics full of mystery, suspense, and intrigue, with an added dash of dark and moody noir, then this is the one book you can’t pass up in the ever growing line of Batman titles.

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