Review: Detective Comics #954

[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers.]

Writer: James Tynion IV
Artists: Marcio Takara & Marcelo Maiolo

The traps are sprung and the armies are starting to move, and worst of all, Ra’s Al Ghul has found his way into the Batcave wanting to talk. More terrifying than an army of assassins coming to kill Gotham, Ra’s and Shiva have decided to make Gotham’s people as the floor of their arena. Now Ra’s has come to Batman. Is he looking for a tool, for help, or for something else?

Meanwhile, Col. Kane beats the glass wall keeping him locked up until his knuckles are pulp. He fights and bleeds to free himself and to help his dying daughter, Batwoman.

What will happen when three armies collide while trying to kill each other? Will someone find that the enemy of their enemy is their friend?

The art in this issue is seriously gorgeous! The use of darkness and shadow, while heavy is used effectively to emphasize a lot of detail. The use of soft light and multiple light points makes this issue unique.

The development of the various organizations and characters throughout the last few issues and particularly in this issue have been fantastic. This issue brings that to an apex with the confrontation of the heads of the League of Shadows.

The presence of Ra’s Al Ghul in this story is supposed to be shocking and powerful but it doesn’t feel that way. Maybe it is bad timing with him having appeared in multiple other series recently but it feels stale. The saving grace is that watching him and Shiva face off was exciting.

The conflict between the League of Shadows, Shiva’s army, and the Colony in this issue is exciting and makes this issue powerful. Readers who love the rich history of Ra’s and the League will enjoy this issue and the next few to come out soon!

Konrad Secord-Reitz

Konrad (@WednesdayNR) is a comic book fan for all genres. Staring with superheroes and moving toward more non-traditional characters and stories he reads everything and anything that draws his attention and is written well. Growing up Konrad watched Batman:TAS and all the other WB cartoons. That childhood love of Batman spread into gaming and comics. In 2011, with the New 52, Konrad picked up his first comic and started collecting, not stopped since. Konrad loves to review comics and interview your favorite artists and writers! For more of his content be sure to follow him on social media and check out his website