Art by: Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Adriano Lucas and Marilyn Patrizio
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 14, 2016
Detective Comics is one of the best books in Rebirth and it's all about the team. Batwoman, Tim Drake, Spoiler, Cassandra Cain and Clayface have been great together and while most have had their time in the spotlight, nobody has shone quite as bright as Tim Drake. James Tynion has been on a single handed crusade to redeem the former Robin after the New 52 pretty much turned him into a dick. No pun intended! Last issue ended with Tim changing Colony's plans to kill innocent Gothamites by making himself the sole target of their attack. It didn't look good, but Tim can't possibly die, right? Let's find out...
The issue opens on the Colony Airship and Jacob and Ulysses are realizing the craziness of Tim's plan. Right as Jacob is about to beat the living shit out of the General, Batwoman shows up to have a chat with dear, old dad.
It's a quick and brutal scene that's filled with Kate's raw emotions. She tells her father how he failed her, his country and himself. I'll give it to Jacob, though, he's in it to win it and doesn't budge at all regarding the Colony's overall mission statement.
After Argus shows up and Kate puts down her father, She gets ahold of Batman and if you didn't think this was big already, we find out that Batman has called out to Nightwing and others for help. This is a family affair for sure.
That's when we finally get to see Tim up close and personal and the first wave of drones have already attacked him. What? Maybe it's the sadist in me, but not seeing it was a bit of a disappointment. We do get to see the aftermath and Tim is a wreck. His face is swollen and beat up and he mentions numerous broken bones.
He then sees the second wave of drones arriving and even if the reader thinks he might survive, Tim doesn't think that at all. He tells Batman to pass on a message to the other Robins and Alfred, thanks Batman for everything and signs off. I had a huge lump in my throat at this point.
The waterworks then started when Tim calls Stephanie to say goodby and when he told her he loved her, I lost it a bit. There was actually a bit of excitement at what was happening, but it was more sadness and disbelief. It really was going to happen!