Gordon Chases the Peter Pan Killer
Commissioner Gordon finds himself trailing an old lead when his son James Jr. comes to town claiming to have been rehabilitated. Flashbacks to the night when everyone lost faith in James Jr.'s innocence seem to have something to do with a man who runs a cleaning company in Gotham. As the snow falls down on the city, Gordon follows the footprints of the company's owner, and learns shocking things about his own past and judgements.
Written by Scott Snyder and drawn by Francesco Francavilla, this issue of Detective Comics is one of the best comics I've read in a long time. Synder's run on this title is turning out to be better and better with every issue, and I can say with confidence that it's the best Batman title on the stands right now. Francavilla's artwork is beautiful and haunting as he paints a portrait of a Gotham City that looks like it's been taken right out of an old film noir detective picture. Since the series is called Detective Comics, I'm glad to see that kind of spin put back on a Batman title. People sometimes forget The Dark Knight's routes in the world of crime.
The only thing that might turn some readers off is that this is a Batman-lite issue, with Gordon taking the reigns. I for one love issues like this, and I think that Gordon is finally getting more credit as a character who can solve problems on his own. I think many readers pass him off as a character that just stands around in the background and lets other people do his job. If anything, I think Gordon is just as much of an important part of Batman Incorporated as any of the masked members.
The writing is excellent, the artwork is beautiful, and if you haven't been reading this title, you're a loser.