I made the mistake of skipping Detective Comics 934 when it released 2 weeks ago. After hearing about how good it was, I gave it a look and decided to pick it up last week. Long story short, it’s a Batman team book, featuring Batman, Batwoman, Red Robin, Spoiler, Cassandra Cain and Clayface. When a shadow figure starts watching all of Gotham City’s vigilantes, they have no choice but to band together. That’s where todays’ issue picks up.
Detective Comics 935, written by James Tynion IV, starts off with a training session similar to the X-Men’s Danger Room, using extra mud from Clayface’s abilities. It’s a clever scene, and with Batwoman overseeing the training session, it’s a fun way to begin this comic and show the things each of the younger members need to work on. Batwoman makes for a bit of a brutal trainer, but one who also gives some great advice.
The rest of this comic gives each of the team members a nice moment of character development, whether it’s Batwoman talking to her father, the three young characters interacting at Spoiler’s apartment or Clayface’s hopes to rejoin the show business on the side. Each of these moments give these characters a touch of humanity in a comic that is so far, moving pretty fast. The comic also ends with Batman running into a serious situation involving an army who seems to want to take down all of Gotham City’s vigilantes.
The art by Eddy Barrows is great. The opening page is perfectly chaotic with images of a destroyed city in the backgrounds while an army of Jokers attacks the group. There’s clear wear and tear on each character’s uniform and they look appropriately tired. The detail continues throughout the issue, with Stephanie Brown’s mildly messy apartment and all the sparks flying around when Batman finds himself chased in his batmobile by two tanks. Adriano Lucas’s colouring is also great. There’s a good variety of colours despite this entire comic taking place in a snowy night.
This is an excellent comic. The story is moving along quick, yet there’s more than enough room for character moments and some great action. If you’re interested in a Batman team book, be sure to check this out.