Detective Comics #1003 // Review
After the cliffhanger ending of the previous issue, the Arkham Knight has revealed their identity to Damian Wayne, and the plot perpetually thickens. Peter J Tomasi and Bradley Walker continue to build up this new villain and display just why they so desperately need to take down Batman. The spectacular art from Walker truly delivers a nearly animated look with the crisp inks of Andrew Hennessy tying it all together in a slick, clean package. Holding steady as the premiere Bat-title, this series is not one to miss.
After the invasion on Gotham alongside the detonated Day bomb, Batman must relent against the medieval forces striking down on him to protect Gotham PD. Back at the Batcave, Damian Wayne takes it upon himself to investigate further into the matter and comes face to face with the brand new villain. Revealing their identity to Damian to earn trust and attempting to recruit him into their forces, Robin declines and can leave. More evidence comes into the light as Batman learns of the Arkham Knight’s true identity and the chapter closes out.
The pencil work of Bradley Walker brings such a polished look to the series, a stark contrast from Mahnke previously. Subtle trademarks like the visible reflective over the whites on Batman’s eyes are quickly becoming synonymous with Walker. His ability to truly display power is a breath of fresh air alongside his use of the entire page and adding to a longer read overall. Andrew Hennessy brings out the details and adds that final polish with his inks while Nathan Fairbairn’s color work delivers the clean pop aesthetic for this current arc.
Peter J Tomasi continues to show to readers and contemporaries just where to find the best Bat-title on the market. Even when using an overall panned idea from a video game, Tomasi finds a fun new exciting take on the character that is far more inspired than he had ever initially conceived to be. His love for the continuity and universe is apparent with every new work he puts out. Tomasi can use something completely new yet add it into the previously established mythology, making for an exciting, memorable comic for any reader.
Readers can quickly jump on with this new chapter, but they will definitely want to pick up the first two issues of the arc as well. With more still to uncover about the new villain, fans will not want to miss out on this exciting new chapter in the Dark Knight’s history. As Tomasi continues to build towards something truly epic Brad Walker’s art will be an absolute treat to behold along the way.