So Detective Comics is the second comic book to reach the 1000 issue Milestone, just behind Action Comics. And like that issue, DC comics created an oversized book and then a hardbound with extra pages.
As you might imagine, DC enlisted some of the industry's best known talent to contribute to the celebration.
The first story, Batman's Longest Case is a bit of a tease and ultimately little more than interesting because it really doesn't go anywhere. They did, however, find a find to use several of his past Detective Comics co-stars, so I give it points for being a bit clever on that point.
Manufacture for Use, a Kevin Smith story, uses the pages better and while it is a bit inconsistent with past Batman continuity, tells a great little story in just 8 pages. It;s one of the better ones in the book.
The Legend of Knute Brody by legend Paul Dini i another 8 page gem with an ending I could guess but was none-the-less really fun (if I am allowed to use the word fun in association with a serious Batman comic).
The Warren Ellis written and Becky Cloogan drawn Batman's Design is light on words and heavy on visuals, which is fine. The dark coloring fits well with the reds and oranges wet the mood.
Denny Oneil returns to Cirm Alley again, but I hate the fact that he starts by having Leslie Thompkins revealing the Dark Knight's identity by calling him by first name. And the sentimental end...feels wrong to me.
I guess everyone gets just eight pages. Christopher Priest and Neal Adams tell a story that I think fits early in the Batman - Ra's Al Ghul storyline. And for that, it works. It;s always nice to see Adams draw Batman. Not much happens and it doesn;t add anything significant to the mythos.
Bendis' and Maleev's I Know puts us in the future where the Penguin is an old man having a conversation and revealing...well I don;t want to spoil the story for you. This is a good one, an excellent use of eight pages, even with Batman not in the picture.
In The Last Crime In Gotham, Geoff Johns and Kelly Jones tell the supposed story of the end of all villains. It;s fun to see the Batman family working together at the crime scene, and a heavy emphasis on family. But I guess the ending is supposed to show that Batman in the end stands alone, especially after all crime is eradicated. I didn't love the way this ended but I am sure that is exactly the point Johns was making.
The Precedent and James Tynion with Alvaro Martonez-Bueno and team only got five pages but used them really well. They gave Robin, the Dick Grayson Robin, the spotlight he deserved. Another really good one.
Tom King with Tony Daniel and Joelle Jones claim it;s Batman's Greatest Case. I;m not convinced it is, but the dialog fits a family who is never sure quite where they stand in his eyes.
Medieval uses full page spash art and uses the Batman's history with villains to introduce a new one to tell. It feels formulaic and forced, and is probably the weakest piece n the book.
The remaining stories are fine. The whole book is fine, lighting different aspects of Batman. It;s a fun romp.
Like the Action Comics celebration, this hardcover includes all of the variant covers, which in itself is an honest thrill. Art done to model the different eras of Batman is fun, especially if you were buying comics through four or more of them.
All in all, a nice celebration to be part of.
- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: DC COMICS; Deluxe edition (18 June 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401294197
- ISBN-13: 978-1401294199
- Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 1.3 x 28.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 617 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)