Published: February 7th, 2017
Written by: James Tynion IV
Art by: Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Alvaro Martinez
DC Comics, 158 Pages
Since I have been liking a lot of James Tynion IV’s work, as of late, I figured that I would go back to the beginning of his Detective Comics run and revisit it, as I was a fan of the things he did and the team he built.
If you are a fan of solo Batman stories, this isn’t the series for you.
Batman convinces Batwoman to join him in forming a team to protect Gotham City. As a larger group they can be more effective than working independently.
This new team consists of Batman, Batwoman, Red Robin, the Spoiler, Orphan and Clayface.
I was always attracted to the idea of Clayface working with Batman. He feels like the odd man out and sticks out like a sore thumb within this group of similar styled heroes but his story and his attempt at redeeming himself was well handled by Tynion. And that really starts here.
We find out that Batman has been replicated by the military on a large scale. If you are familiar with the Arkham Knight video game, the story is kind of similar. The military is building an army of Batmen similar to what the Arkham Knight was in that video game.
Batman and his new team must stop this immense threat while also dealing with the oncoming storm of the League of Shadows.
There are some solid twists and reveals within the plot that have major consequences for everyone involved, especially Batwoman and Red Robin. This is a pretty pivotal story if you care about those two characters.
The art is solid, the writing is damn good and while this doesn’t completely feel like a self contained story, it is a nice intro to this good run on Detective Comics.
Pairs well with: other collections of James Tynion IV’s run on Detective Comics.