Detective Comics #983

Written by Bryan Edward Hill
Pencils by Miguel Mendonca
Inks by Diana E. Conesa
Colors by Adriano Lucas
Cover by Eddy Barrows and Adriano Lucas

As the era of James Tynion IV comes to a close on Detective Comics, Bryan Hill takes up the reins. Hill previously worked on the Witchblade universe for Top Cow Productions, and then worked as a consultant for companies like PepsiCo and JP Morgan. So I am curious to see what he is going to bring to DC.

The issue opens with a reporter at the Gotham News Station interviewing a 16 year old kid named Darin who has a ViewTube channel. His channel is called Bat Fam and has 1.5 million followers. As I was reading this I noticed that the dialogue between them was cheesy and unrealistic. When I read it I thought to myself, people don’t talk like that to each other. It was a very clinical and phony conversation.

We then cut to a week later where Duke Thomas is badly injured trying to save Darin from an unknown assailant. The assailant speaks one thing, “You’re making him weaker,” and he is talking about Batman. The issue then moves right along to Bruce Wayne conversing with Martian Manhunter about using Jefferson Pierce to move forward with his initiative which is to lead a team to solve a series of problems. We then get a brief background on what Jefferson is up to in his life in Metropolis. He’s the principal at a school, kind of mundane, nothing exciting. We then cut to another page of awful Gotham News dialogue. The issue ends on the unknown assailant targeting another member of the Bat-Family. Who is it? You will have to pick this issue up and find out.

I wasn’t too impressed with Bryan Hill’s introduction to Detective Comics. The issue was boring and the dialogue, in some panels, was terrible. When I read a comic, dialogue is super important. I want to feel like I’m watching an actual conversation between people, or I want to feel like I am a part of the conversation. So if at any point the dialogue gets squirrely, it has a major impact on the flow of the story and the potential to throw off the whole issue. The rest of the book was straight forward. It felt like Hill was eager to cut to the chase and not spend too long with introductions and wasting time. Which can be a good thing, but alternatively, taking the time to set up a story makes it all that much better. This story didn’t grip me or move me in any way. The artwork was good, it was dark in the right places, and colorful where it needed it. Batman was drawn very well throughout this issue. Though overall, I was not impressed, I still recommend including this issue in your pull for the week. This is only part one of a new run, and I want to see where this goes.

7/10

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