Review: Detective Comics #1029

Review: Detective Comics #1029
[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]


Writer: Peter J. Tomasi


Art: Kenneth Roccafort


Colors: Dan Brown


Letters: Rob Leigh


Reviewed by: Matthew B. Lloyd

Summary

Meet, the Mirror!  The reflection of the people of Gotham has appeared to push the anti-vigilante agenda just like mayoral candidate Christopher Nakano.  And, who should come to save Nakano when the yacht he’s on is hijacked?  Nightwing!

Positives

The questions about vigilantism that are addressed in Detective Comics #1029 are at the core of the whole notion of the super-hero.  In the real world, it’s obvious that people taking the law into their own hands are dangerous.  However, in the four-color world of comics and heroic fiction, these vigilantes are not only the good guys, they are the ideal.  Grounding this idea with real world sensibilities presents a different look at our favorite comic book characters.

This is demonstrated in the issue in a sequence in which Batman saves a hostage and stops some back robbers.  While he gets thanks and gratitude from the man he saved, other observers chant, “Unmask! Unmask!”

Since Bruce is unable to go into action on the yacht it’s nice to see Nightwing save the day.  It provides Bruce the opportunity to have the scene as Bruce as well as get Nightwing some much needed panel time.

Roccafort and Brown combine again for some really nice looking pages.  It’s tough to go wrong with this team.  Though a bit lighter in approach than some of the other art teams to grace the title in the past year.  Roccafort and Brown do it with their own style.

There’s some nice quiet moments for Bruce as well.  As he packs up the mansion, he has a brief moment thinking of Alfred as he is unable to pack away his pictures just yet.

The end of the issue provides another surprise as Bruce discovers that the Black Casebook is missing after all…and he knows exactly who took it…

Negatives

Detective Comics #1029 is solid.  There’s not much with which to find fault, I was hoping with the title- “Who Are You?” there would be more musical references….

Verdict

Peter Tomasi continues to write some great Batman material.  He’s always paired with great art teams even if the art teams themselves vary in style.  Tomasi is setting up a big mystery that should incorporate the Mirror, the anti-vigilante movement and the missing Black Casebook.  Great stuff here, don’t miss this!

Matthew Lloyd

Matthew Lloyd

Master's Degree in Art History from the University of Louisville. Doctorate in Progressive Rock from Genesis and Rush. Father of 2 awesome daughters, husband to 1 amazing and understanding wife. Post-Doctorate in Comics from Heroes Aren't Hard to Find (Charlotte, NC) and Parts Unknown (Greensboro, NC). Managing a restaurant pays the bills.