I have waited to patiently for this trade as the last one left with such cliffhanger that I could barely contain myself with anticipation. As always Robert Kirkman has done it again with story line and character development. I beg you now if you are not caught up on the comic to stop reading now...
I Hate Fairyland is everything you love about Pop-Culture references, blatantly obvious innuendos, and the most adorably demented art you can find. I am convinced that this needs to be turned into an adult cartoon and become a wild hit. Skottie Young has turned what I thought would be a short run of fun into a sprawling adventure that I keep coming back to for a great laugh.
As I said in a previous review for Detective Comics, this is what transcendence feels like in a comic book, this rings true now more than ever. I thought this team was at it's best before and they just keep proving me wrong each issue, getting better and better.
Six issues of Batman and we are running at full speed, Tom King has set up his world and now gets to play in it. In issue six we get the I am Gotham Epilogue, wrapping up this storyline to move into the next. Gotham Girl/Claire has absolutely lost her mind, after having to kill her own brother she has snapped. We see her flying around Gotham saving the city while still talking to her dead brother Hank.
Vaughn's writing is just a pleasure to read, paired with Chaing's pencils and Wilson's colors and you have one of the best teams in comics today. In particular the full two page spread of the airship is simply gorgeous. It is no mistake that this book took home two Eisners for best new series and Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team. So here is to another long month wait for #10, do yourself a favor and go pickup this series.
Being King's first arc, this feels like a solid beginning to his run, with his slow burn storytelling we really are just getting into the meat of it. Bringing in the JLA to a Batman comic is always a tricky proposal, yet King manages to do it with grace, using them to show how powerful this foe truly is. Ultimately it was not the JLA or even Batman that defeats Gotham, instead of something more astute.
Quite possibly one of the best Batman comics out right now, Detective Comics has shown no signs of stopping. With excellent characterization of the whole team and delivering a good story to boot. Equally impressive is delivering a quality comic on a bi-weekly schedule, the art continues to amaze.