Detective Comics #1034
DC Future State may be over, but the present looks tense! With the loss of his fortune and manor, the election of Mayor Nakano and the growing anti-vigilante sentiment in Gotham, Bruce Wayne must rethink how to be Batman...or risk being left behind by his own city. To make matters worse, a catastrophic crime wave has taken hold of the city, culminating in a murder mystery that hits close to home—the suspects mount, the clues multiply and the trail of bodies hasn’t ended yet! Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki and superstar artist Dan Mora begin an exciting, surprising and death-defying new chapter of Detective Comics.
Plus, in the second and concluding chapter of “Demon or Detective,” Damian Wayne meets a startling new faction from his family’s checkered past...but what is the League of Lazarus?
Now with Future State behind us… er…. ahead of us? No, behind us… we return to present day where Bruce Wayne has been stripped of most of the Wayne Fortune (now in the hands of the Fox family mostly) and has to learn to adjust to new lifestyle that includes less perks and more DIY work ethic. But has he fallen to near destitute status as we saw in Dark Detective, taking on a roommate and living in the depths of Gotham. No. Not even close. Here, we see a more likely outcome for when the elite fall– they just fall to a different level of elite, or perhaps an upper eschelon of the bourgeoise. The landing is soft, softened by white privilage and family heritage in Gotham. The book is still in the early stages of establishing a status quo but so far, the opening chapter looks primed to examine class relationships in a way that opens up the false polemic of poor/rich and allows for a book like Detective Comics to look at the power dynamics with more nuance than before and the various levels of agents involved in keeping the poor poor and rich rich. With a powerhouse team on the main story, it’s no surprise that this new era of ‘Tec is strong right out of the gates.
The backup feature by Williamson and Melnikov is the second part of the story begun in this month’s Batman, setting up their upcoming Robin solo series. The story goes to great lengths to setup new concepts such as the mysterious League of Lazarus and some sort of martial arts tournament in order to entice the reader to jump onboard when Robin hits the shelves. It appears to be a good story but I’m banking on a lot of depth here. More of a surface level, action-packed story with some of our favorite martial artists and assassins and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. The series will likely hinge on Melnikov’s ability to relay the action sequences and in this short teaser, they seem up to the task.
Detective Comics returns with #1034 and ushers in a brand new era for Batman as @marikotamaki and @Danmora_c take on a Bruce Wayne sans the fortune in a Gotham growing increasingly tired of masks. In the backup, @Williamson_Josh and @GlebMelnikov8 tease their upcoming Robin book with the return of a fan favorite character!
Detective Comics #1034: Falling from the Ivory Tower
Writing - 8.5/10
Storyline - 8.5/10
Art - 9/10
Color - 10/10
Cover Art - 9/10
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