Review: DETECTIVE COMICS #1010
[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Art: Christian Duce
Colors: David Baron
Letters: Rob Leigh
Reviewed by: Matthew B. Lloyd
Rescued by two World War II soldiers lost to the outside world, Bruce Wayne not only comes to know them, but must find a way to prevent Deadshot from killing them and anyone else on the island on which his plane has crashed…it may not be easy….
If Detective Comics #1010 is about anything, it’s about character. And, it’s not just Bruce Wayne or the Dark Knight Detective, the two lost souls on the island who’ve outlived World War II are just as expressive. Tomasi uses these two old men to show the commonality in the human race. At one point, bitter enemies, they come to terms with their situation and realize the sense in cooperation for their own survival. It’s clear this mindset drives their assisting Bruce after the plane crash last issue in Detective Comics #1009.
The story the old men tell is moving. It captures the emotions one would expect in such an event as well as demonstrating the best of human nature. These two men could easily have continued to fight each other instead of pulling together in order to survive. The American takes to calling Bruce Wayne, “Cary Grant,” a classic Hollywood actor when in his prime could’ve been a decent Bruce Wayne on film. It provides a nice chuckle to lighten the seriousness of the situation.
The “Year of the Villain” sequence at the end of the issue and completely unrelated to the main story, simmers along ever so slightly. If this is how the “Year of the Villain” initiative is going to be used, it would best be left to wait. Both stories would benefit from the main focus. It not hard to imagine that editorial wants these bits to build up to something, but as it is, the extra pages would be better used for the main plot, and the “Year of the Villain” event would be better served with a full issue focus. The couple pages don’t do much to heighten the anticipation of whatever Victor Fries has planned.
While the plot moves along, the strongest part of this issue is the tale of the two old men on the island. The whole bit is very reminiscent of a Spirit story by Will Eisner. Eisner would often use the Spirit to tell a tale about human nature. This is exactly what we have here. Batman needs these two to survive, and it is the quality of their humanity that has allowed them to survive all these years which in turn is what directs them to help someone else in need.