Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle Reviews
Detective Comics #22
Layman & Fabok
Detective Comics has a very consistent flow to the book and series. Layman writes a good Batman, but his forte is clearly coming up with new villains and putting them in position to take down Batman. Batman already has a dense rogues gallery, so the fact that Layman can add to it seems fairly amazing in of itself. In this comic he presents a number of new threats and not all of them are Batman villains. This is yet another good read in what is shaping up to be a good run on the character.
Batman is investigating some cop murders. While on the trail of the killers, Bruce Wayne is confronted by another young, rich company owner looking to buy or merge with Wayne's company. The connection here is that this new player seems to be a big manufacturer of weapons. Batman finds one of the presumed killer's weapons and it contains the label of this new businessman on the Gotham scene.
Layman doesn't over complicate this story. There are aspects that Batman uncovers and pieces that Bruce Wayne just so happens to stumble on to seemingly by coincidence. It's just straightforward storytelling and I find it refreshing. The part that seemed unnecessary was how the cops are torn between whether they believe Batman to be the killer. It just seems like too many Batman stories have gone there over the years. This comic didn't need it because it was solid without the confusion among the police force.
The backup continues to deal with the new Man-Bat, which was slightly surprising. It's not that it's a bad story, but I was hoping for a back-story on one of the new characters that were featured in the main story. This was the pattern with the Emperor Penguin arc and I'm not sure why Layman has shifted gears like this.
The comic is heavily detailed. It's a gorgeous book and has been for quite some time. Fabok has a strong handle on how to mix big splash pages with the more subtle pages that are required when dealing with Bruce Wayne. The book is the perfect, classic Batman comic visually.
Detective Comics is a great Batman book to pick up. It doesn't have the deep look at the character that you might find in Batman Incorporated or Batman. Instead the comic book is giving us the day-to-day Batman dealing with the regular problems that he faces in Gotham all the time. It's basically the Batman book to pick up if you like your Batman to stay away from the sprawling epics. It's a consistently good read.
3.5 out of 5 Geek Goggles