Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Batman Detective Comics # 954

Story: James Tynion IV
Art: Maricio Takara

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. A demon’s head and a detective walk into a cave ..

Batman and Ra’s Al Ghul are in the Batcave and Batman is beating the living hell out of him to figure out where Lady Shiva has taken Batman’s team. Through some trickery, Ra’s manages to convince Batman that he is working against Lady Shiva. So Bats lets his guard down, only to find out that Ra’s has been working with Lady Shiva the whole time! Ra’s uses a nerve agent to put Batman out of it and Lady Shiva makes off with Bats.

While this is happening, Coloniel Kane and his men are broken out of the belfry by Ulysses and the rest of Kane’s team. They decide that there is no saving Gotham from Lady Shiva and her people, but they can make sure that Shiva’s people die along with the rest of Gotham City. So who do they send to clean up Shiva and her ninjas? The only person left that could: Orphan!

It’s never black and white

Things in life are never black and white. In real life, there are no heroes and villains. No good guys and bad guys. There are just people with motivations. Sometimes people’s motivations align with one another. Other times people work against each other. The story that Tynion has crafted reflects that realistic fact. For a time, Coloniel Kane was the antagonist of this series because he was doing something that Batman didn’t approve of. But now, he’s working with a member of Batman’s Belfry crew to try and take out Lady Shiva and her men. I love the fact that there’s a little bit of grey area in here. That grey area is too rare in superhero comics.


Where we leave off, Orphan has a throwing star sticking out of her shoulder with a ton of dead ninjas laying around her. So I’m guessing the next issue of Detective Comics will be Orphan showing up to save the Belfry crew. And, as someone who has been reading Detective Comics since the beginning of Rebirth, I can say that I’m totally stoked. Orphan is way more dangerous than any other member of the Belfry crew, including Batman. She is literally a living weapon. So the next issue is going to be full of tons of awesome pages with Orphan totally kicking ass.

The Confessional

Overall, the story crafted here was pretty great. It’s definitely something that you need to have been reading since DC Rebirth started to totally appreciate. Orphan is an amazing character that Tynion has developed really well. Same with Lady Shiva, Clayface, Spoiler, and even Tim Drake (in early issues of Detective Comics). I guess what I’m trying to say here is, Tynion knows how to develop good characters and that makes for some pretty epic storytelling. If you’re a fan of Batman, ninjas, and stuff blowing up this book is definitely for you.

9/10 ★★★★★★★★★

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