DC Comics and Detective Comics #1046 Spoilers and Review follows.
Bridging Fear State To…
…Shadows Of The Bat For…
…Batman and Family!
Here’s the solicitation with what to expect from the creative team.
DETECTIVE COMICS #1046
Written by MARIKO TAMAKI
Art and cover by DAN MORA
Backup written by STEPHANIE PHILLIPS
Backup art by DAVID LAPHAM
Variant by LEE BERMEJO
1:25 variant by STEPHEN SEGOVIA
$4.99 US | 40 pages | Variant $5.99 US (Card stock)
ON SALE 12/28/21
“Fear State” aftermath! Bloody, broken, and beaten…Batman had a mission after The Joker War. He would no longer look over Gotham City from Wayne Manor; he would move to the heart of the city, get closer to its people and its problems. The fight he pursued would be different, but after Fear State he finds himself disillusioned. He is no longer the protector the city needs, and definitely not the one it deserves. Batman’s last night in Gotham City before his international sojourn is here.
Backup: Harley Quinn guest-stars in the culmination of “Foundations”! Must Gotham City have an Arkham facility, and if so…will it be any different, or is doom on its way?
It’s been an intense year for Gotham City with Joker War, Fear State and the impending Shadows of the Bat.
The titular detective, Batman, is set to leave Gotham City to solve a mystery and also gets his yellow oval back for his costume.
So, the “shadows” of the Bat presumably refer to his super-hero family, and perhaps a Batman robot as seen below, but it is unlikely Batman himself will be MIA for the 12-part weekly event in the pages of Detective Comics.
It will focus on the new Arkham Asylum in the form of Arkham Tower headed by Dr. Chase Meridian, with the blessing of Gotham City Mayor Christopher Nakano, on a trial basis.
Looks like Batman is putting a lot of faith in Dr. Meridian as he prepares for his sojourn.
Curious how this will play out over the first 3 months of 2022.
The book’s back-up also involves Arkham Asylum and its history aka “foundations”, but…
…also leads to Arkham Tower, Shadows of the Bat, with a splash of Harley Quinn for good measure.
Also, DC Comics is putting the hype machine behind Shadows of the Bat as an interview with writer Mariko Tamaki is in the back of all of DC Comics core super-hero titles this week.
This is a Fear State Aftermath in so much as we see Gotham City after the event, but that’s it. It’s more about setting up Batman leaving Gotham City and the key elements for Shadows of the Bat. Writer Mariko Tamaki and artist Dan Mora are an amazing duo and have made Detective Comics NOT be the “B” Batman book. The back-up was ok, but I was not a fan of the art. 7 out of 10 overall.