Monday, February 28, 2011

Detective Comics #874 - Review

A Gordon Astray

Young James Gordon, Commissioner Gordon's son, has returned to Gotham. Last time he showed up, there was torture, murder, and foggy details as to whether or not he was behind it. He's looking for a second chance and hoping that his father and Dick Grayson can give it to him. Meanwhile, Batman (Dick Grayson) and Red Robin (Tim Drake) try to recover a load of endangered animals from a mysterious new gang in Gotham. Dick is still experiencing the side effects of the toxin used on him a few issues ago, when the strange auctioneer sprayed him with advanced Scarecrow toxin.

This issue was a bit of a stand out from the others. The artwork was beautiful, done in a painted style with a color scheme of deep purples, oranges, and yellows. I flipped through it again just to admire the splash of colors against dark backgrounds, almost like a chapter of Watchmen.

The storytelling is what I've come to expect from Synder, who took over the book series not too long ago. This is still my favorite Batman title out there, and if you're looking for good old fashioned crime noir with the Batman punch to it, this is the one to go for.

There's not too much else to say about this issue because it's like a good meal, everyone is too busy eating and savoring it to say anything.

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