REVIEW: ‘Detective Comics,’ Issue #1002

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Detective Comics #1002 is published by DC Comics, written by Peter J. Tomasi, with inks by Andrew Hennessy, pencils by Bradley Walker, colors by Nathan Fairbairn, and letters by Rob Leigh. Previously, Batman faced down the Arkham Knight, a mysterious Medieval obsessed villain who has been terrorizing Gotham.

Now Batman is in a stand-off with the Arkham Knight and losing ground fast. As Alfred tends to Bruce’s wounds and Bruce investigate what leads he has on the mysterious medieval knight now running around Gotham, Robin takes it upon himself to do his own investigating and quickly finds himself in over his head.

Tomasi previously has written Damian very well during his run on Super Sons, a series I greatly enjoyed. And while the moments with Damian Wayne are great, the Arkham Knight continues to be a villain that is just not compelling. The stakes seem a lot higher in this comic than they actually are. The Arkham Knight is being made to be far more menacing than I have seen. I have only been with this character for two issues now, barely three if we are counting Detective Comics #1000. It is not enough time to warrant the agency this creative team is giving him.

Furthermore, the comic once again ends on the same cliff hanger. We still do not know who the Arkham Knight is. While some clues were dropped in this issue that the Arkham Knight knows things about Batman, it was not nearly enough to give us a hint as to who he is or what his connection to the Dark Knight is. It is also impossible, at least for myself, to not continue to draw comparisons to the Rocksteady Arkham games. While the reveal of that Arkham Knight wasn’t so much of a surprise, the moment was very much earned because of the constant clues dropped throughout the story and emotional weight the overall reveal had even if the player did unravel the clues themselves.

Additionally, Detective Comics, while a Batman book, historically speaking is a book about the entire Batfamily. Seeing Damian is a great start but I would have rathered this arc had brought the entirety of the Batfamily back into the fray. If this Arkham Knight knows as much about Batman as he claims and is as dangerous as Batman is telling us he is, then where is everyone else?

Hennessy’s inks are good and work well with Walker’s pencils. There are a few moments where faces are a tad off but nothing that is outright bad. Fairbairn’s colors are quite vibrant for a Batman book but considering most of this book takes place during the day, that is understandable. Overall, this book is not bad but could be significantly better. It is downright meh and almost unforgivingly so. Not even Damian could save this book from being average.

Detective Comics #1002 is available everywhere comic books are sold.

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TL;DR

There are a few moments where faces are a tad off but nothing that is outright bad. Fairbairn’s colors are quite vibrant for a Batman book but considering most of this book takes place during the day, that is understandable. Overall, this book is not bad but could be significantly better. It is downright meh and almost unforgivingly so. Not even Damian could save this book from being average.