Storytelling: Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul
Letters: Jared K. Fletcher
Published: DC Comics
DC Comics kicks off this month with Detective Comics #30. In Icarus part one, Batman opens by shutting down part of a drug ring that uses children as traffickers. Following this, Bruce Wayne makes a deal with Elena Aguila, a business woman new to Gotham City who wants to redevelop much of the city’s waterfront properties. Meanwhile, the drug dealers lick their wounds as villains ‘Mr. Squid’ and a unnamed villain take care of their minions and begin to move their cronies into place.
This issue brings a new creative team on board in the form of Brian Buccellato (The Flash, Hellblazer) and Francis Manapul (The Flash, Witchblade), who both split writing and art duties. The story itself is relatively bland, failing to catch the reader’s attention. The cliff hanger ending has me asking “Why?” instead of “What’s going to happen next?” The bright spot in the issue comes as Bruce and Alfred have a discussion over Bruce’s deceased son, Damian. Bruce focuses the pain of losing his son into upgrading Damian’s motorcycle, something Alfred doesn’t believe to be particularly healthy. Seeing emotion from the Dark Knight is always interesting to see, as his “Bat God” persona can put him a bit out of touch with readers.
I found the artwork very pleasant to look at. The art team managed to provide a consistent flow and look throughout the book that supported the story. The cool color pallet leads to an explosive ending, which works well in the pacing of this story.
Lettering was done by Jared K. Fletcher (DMZ, Hellblazer), a veteran of over 1,500 professional issues. His balloon placement wasn’t at all distracting and his sound effects and their placement helped bring the artwork to life; exactly what you would expect from someone with such experience.
Overall, this issue fails when compared to the previous Detective Comics team. As a series, Detective Comics has had one of the most consistent runs but this one seems to have dropped the ball. While it’s only one issue into their run, I have hopes that future issues of Detective Comics will improve upon this.
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