Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Detective Comics #934

Picking up its original numbering, Detective Comics returns as more of a Bat-Family book than a Batman solo title. Concerned that a new villain has been keeping tabs on Gotham's vigilantes (Red Robin, Stephanie Brown, and Cassandra Cain), Batman enlists the help of Batwoman to get the younger generation trained for the battle yet to come. A Bat Book Camp, if you will. And, to throw a curve ball in the mix, Batman enlists Clayface to be part of the team.

Sure, there are small things I could nitpick about the choices here. I'd rather see Tim Drake in his pre-New 52 costume than a tweaked version of his first Robin costume. Stephanie Brown should be Batgirl not Spoiler. And Cassandra Cain would feel far more at home in the Bat-Family as Black Bat rather that "Orphan" (what a terrible name for a hero).

Those issues aside, I'm loving the fact that DC is giving Tim, Steph, and Cass their own title. Clayface is a bit of a wild card, but I'm willing to wait and see what writer James Tynion IV has planned for him. Worth a look.

[DC, $2.99]

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