Heart BreakerWritten by: James Tynion IV
Art by: Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez, Brad Anderson and Marilyn Patrizio
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 13, 2016
Detective Comics has been one of my favorite books since Rebirth started, so it's weird for me to say that this issue means a lot to me going forward. I need some more action and I need it now! I love seeing a team come together and hum great montage songs as they train, but nothing beats seeing them taking it to the streets and kicking bad guy ass! The way last issue ended, it is almost a certainty that we will get some of that this issue, right? I mean, Batman looked like he was going to be on the losing end of a 50 on 1 street brawl and I've been waiting weeks to see it play out. The wait is over and now that I've read it, are my dreams being answered by James Tynion IV? Let's find out...
The issue opens with a Kate Kane monologue/flashback that showed her days in the military and more importantly, how to lead men and women. It's kind of a tough love thing and if you are a Batwoman fan like myself, I think you will love it. Then when you see who she is talking to, you may just squeal with delight. I pretty much did!
The walk down memory lane ends with Kate alone, but soon Red Robin calls to break the silence and he's got some really bad news...Batman has been beaten up worse than a young kid minding his own business on the boardwalk. If you don't listen to our podcast, I'm sorry for the obscure reference and I'll put it in easier to understand words...they beat the shit out of Batman!
We then get one of the best scenes I've read with Red Robin ever as he tells Kate exactly why everyone who get close to Batman gets completely pissed off at him...but the important thing is that he let them get close in the first place. Then, we get the start of what I've been waiting for...Team Detective Assemble!!!
The Team gets the call and it's fun to see what each is doing (especially Clayface) when they get the signal. Clayface continues being the comedy relief , but things get a bit more serious when we see who else Kate has called in to help. I am starting to wonder if Tim telling us how Batman knows people is a play on how Kate can be totally blind to what is right in front of her face. After they are given full disclosure about what The Colony has been doing, Tim wracks his brain trying to figure out the hows and the whys, but is distracted by the fact that not everyone on the team has shown up.
As the issue ends, we see exactly what is happening and it's a cliffhanger full of betrayal, revenge and the promise of a battle royale in the Belfry next issue. I think everyone saw the big twist coming, but that doesn't make it any less infuriating or heartbreaking.
While I never lost faith in this book or James Tynion, this issue has me settling in for the long haul with this book. I know I yelled for action and we do get some here, but it was the dialogue and character work that won me over again and the way that Tynion led to the twist was damn good as well.
Alvaro Martinez jumps on the book and he doesn't miss a beat. Everything looks fantastic and it really is a toss up between him and Eddie Barrows. I'm sure that people will fully realize that when this book is collected down the line. I hope all of the books have this kind of luck.
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James Tynion IV continues nailing this book and this issue is a great combination of story, art and character work. I know I'm loving what we've been getting because we haven't had a whole lot of Batman and I haven't really noticed it and am fine with it now that I realize. I really can't recommend this series enough.