Fly Home Buddy, I Work AloneWritten by: James Tynion IV
Art by: Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez, Brad Anderson and Marilyn Patrizio
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 26, 2016
I have really been enjoying Detective Comics since Rebirth and the slow burn story took a nosedive into WTF territory last issue when we found out that Batwoman's father was behind Colony and Clayface saved everyone by "playing ball". I have mentioned it before, but this is one of the books that makes me happy we only have to wait two weeks to get the next issue. So, does Batwoman and crew save Batman and themselves? Is Colony as badass as they seem? Will Clayface get a callback? Let's see if any of those questions are answered in this issue and even if they aren't, is it any good?
If you ever sat and wondered exactly what Batman has in his utility belt, James Tynion has some answers for you in this issue. It begins with Colony taking an inventory and I'm not sure if I'm more impressed by what we see or the fact that there is still 70% left to find out. I guess it's a tie.
The cataloging is cut short when Batman wakes up from his drug induced nap time and goes to work. Goes to work? Isn't he hanging by both arms with no utility belt and constant monitoring? Why yes, but he still has a trip up his sleeve...or tooth!
I really thought that Batman was pulling the old cyanide in the tooth suicide maneuver for a second there, but of course, it's something a whole lot more badass than that. Have I mentioned how much I like what Tynion is doing on this book? He knows the character of Batman so well and it comes through loud and clear when the Colony scientists explain why they can't remove the cowl and see who the Bat is. It's awesome, but quickly takes a back seat when we get a peek at the twisted version of the Batcave that Colony has set up.
We then catch up with Team Batwoman, but it's Tim Drake's time to shine. He set up the awesome Clayface getaway, but that pales in comparison to the incredible bullet train system he has set up underneath Gotham. I know that might sound crazy, but believe me, Tynion and Tim do a really good job explaining it.
We then get a difference of opinions about what to do with Colony. Batwoman wants to keep it in the family while the rest want to join in on the ass kicking. The latter wins out and they are off and running. Before I go on, I'd like to mention that it's been a long time since I've enjoyed Tim Drake so much.
Tynion takes us back to Batman and we also get to see "his biggest fan". His name isn't Buddy, but it might as well have been. Nope, he is Ulysses Hadrian Armstrong and he has spent most of his short life trying to figure out everything there is to know about Batman. He is a big fanboy and it's through him that we get to see the origin of Colony. It all makes total sense in the timeline and motivations and while their methods aren't as code friendly, they at least believe they are doing good.
Tynion uses Ulysses to great effect here. He is an obsessed Batman fan who is enamored by the surface without any care for what lies underneath. It's a great metaphor for Colony as a whole who only sees Batman as the blueprint for a new age super soldier.
We see that this genius kid is a bit crazy which leads to Batman doing his best Axel Foley impersonation and meeting up with his Uncle Jake...yea, that's Kate's father. Again, Tynion understands the Batman side of things and the two talk by themselves amongst a squad of Arkham Knights.
The issue ends with Uncle Jake telling Bruce the who and what that is the big threat that has entered Gotham and then the Colonial coming face-to-face with his worst nightmare. Or is it a dream come true? Nope, I think it's his worst nightmare!
Tynion continues impressing me with this book. This issue may be more setup and not the action that I have been patiently waiting for, but I loved the stuff with the utility belt, Tim Drake, Ulysses and...well, just about everything else.
The art is one of those "everything else" things with Alvaro Martinez giving readers some great character work and detailed backgrounds. The high point for me this issue was the Colony's cave.
Bits and Pieces:
While I am at the point that I need some action soon, James Tynion continues setting everything up from who the Colony is, how they came about and why they are upping the ante at the moment. The story and art were really good and again, I can't wait until the next issue.