Detective Comics #1000

“Longest Case”

Writer: Scott Snyder
Pencils: Greg Capullo
Inks: Jonathan Glapion
Colors: FCO Plascencia
Letters: Tom Napolitano

Detective Comics #1000 is finally here, and it’s only fitting that the duo of Greg Capullo and Scott Snyder bat lead off for this historic issue. Scott Snyder completed a 52-issue run of the Batman main title, but also had a run on Detective Comics prior to the New 52, so it was nice to see him get Batman back to his detective roots with Greg Capullo and company.

This story takes Batman through his entire timeline. He’s wearing his purple gloves just as he did in Detective Comics #27. He’s seen wearing his classic costume from the Neal Adams era and ends with his current costume. This story paid homage to the past and present, but what this story does best is highlight Batman’s motivation for wanting to solve a case, and it’s the chase, not the answer to a case. Scott Snyder lays the groundwork for something massive when Batman arrives at the conclusion, and it’s anything but that. It is worth the chase though when he sees what awaits him at the end. Greg Capullo and company don’t disappoint and only makes me want Last Knight on Earth even more. This team was a wise choice to start Detective Comics #1000 because they know the Batman better than most and pay a nice tribute to him in this fantastic short story.

10/10 – Review by Pierre Arnette

“The Batman Design”

Warren Ellis, writer
Becky Cloonan, artist
Jordie Bellaire, colors
Simon Bowland, letters

The story follows Batman and his inner monologue as he confronts a group of criminals. His mind plans and carries out a surgical attack. The one-liners capturing Batman’s wisdom and virtues is the most interesting part of this story, besides the art which is gorgeous. For example, in describing his adversaries, Batman says they are “from bad places and made bad choices.” He understands the depth of the problem is systemic, socio-economic, or hereditary, but ultimately he uses the information to learn more about his enemy and how to stop them. The story highlights the most important aspects of The Batman Design: painful but not lethal, planning, knowledge of his enemy, and willing. My favorite Batman virtue: “fistfights are for idiots, so are guns.” Batman is part crime fighter, part psychologist. He diagnoses the leader of the criminals as crazy, unpredictable and willing. And, “he doesn’t know if he’s more afraid of living or dying,” then determines that he’s “ready to give that a push.” That’s Batman.

10/10 – Review by Tom Zimm

“Heretic”

Christopher Priest, writer
Neal Adams, art
Dave Stewart, colors
Willie Schubert, letters

The story tracks Batman’s origins to Ra’s Al Ghul’s League of Assassins and training in the temple. A crime is committed against a man who left the league, seeking freedom from their code. Batman tracks the evidence to a boy, Tan Lu Jun; however, he is not responsible for his death. Batman follows the trail to a group of Assassin loyalists who label Batman a Heretic, for leaving the League. The story is complex and turns the narrative on its head. We don’t often think of Batman as a heretic for leaving the Ra’s Al Ghul’s League, nor do we associate him with being a subversive. However, Batman subverts the fidelity to the religious and mystic League of Assassins because of the evil it represents. I found that part of the story intriguing and unique. The art was great in parts especially a scene showing Batman in a crouched position pointing his finger. The blue bat – suit in with snow colored hills in the background is gorgeous.  The meat comes from the exposition, however. Writer Christopher Priest taps into a meta-narrative often forgotten about Batman. Batman is often seen as simply the world’s best crime-fighter. This story reminds us of the higher ideals that form the groundwork for all of Batman’s actions. His belief that people deserve to be free to make their own choices.

10/10 – Review by Tom Zimm