Detective Comics #37
Storytellers: Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato
Letterer: Jared K. Fletcher
“It’s easy to get lost in all this darkness.”
This issue sees the return of Anarky! The Mad Hatter shows up, but what does he want? Plus Alfred puts the Christmas lights up at Wayne Manor!
The artwork in this issue is gorgeous. As much as I wish I could have this creative team pump out issues on a monthly basis, I’m glad they take their time and have fill in creative teams. Their artwork is some of my favorite in the business and is definitely worth the wait. They have some very creative layouts which make the issues more visually appealing to me. I really think they have found their voice for the Dark Knight and all his supporting characters.
This issue starts with a pretty gruesome murder by Anarky, leading to the series of events that transpires at Wayne Tower throughout the rest of the issue. The tree lighting scene was nice, especially after the opening scene of this issue. I hoped that the opening scene didn’t set the tone for the entire issue. And while it didn’t necessary set the tone for the whole issue, I fell like it does set the tone for the arc, especially after the way the issue ends. Anarky is a serious threat and seems to be quite a few steps ahead of Batman at the moment; we’ll see how long he can stay ahead.
I really like that Bullock is getting his time to shine. His and Batman’s chemistry has been excellent thus far on their run. And that is a nice dynamic to see after watching Batman work so closely with Commissioner Gordon for so many years. Their relationship is almost the polar opposite of Batman and Gordon’s and I think it is an area rich with potential stories.
Rating: 6 (Out of 7) – Amazing artwork, good story. I’m looking forward to this new arc from a great creative team.