Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Detective Comics #28 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: John Layman
Art By: Aaron Lopresti, Art Thibert
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 5, 2014

Batman Takes The Red Pill.

Last issue of Detective Comics started this Gothtopia madness, and from there we've gone all throughout the Bat Family deemed important enough, or not busy enough to throw into this Gothic wonderland.  For Batman we saw him live in the perfect Gotham, to realize his world was a lie, and get thrown into The Crane Center for Health and Wellness.  Hopefully our favorite hero who's living in a strange perfect world can find his way back to the hell he was used to, and we can get some more badass brooding going on.  Let's dive right in.

Explain It!:

The issue begins with Batman being observed in a rubber room.  His doctors on staff are Scarecrow, Professor Pyg, Harley Quinn, Mr. Freeze, and The Merry Maker.  The doctors concur that the only way of curing their patient of his psychotic delusions, is radical brain surgery.  Well they had many ideas I'm jumping to conclusions on what they would have done, for some reason I think Professor Pyg would of had his way though.  Little bit of a note here that doesn't have anything to do with the issue, but for some reason in this Gothtopia Arkham, Zsaz likes to dress up like a white haired nurse as he cuts on people.  Just thought it was weird enough to mention.

Once the examination is over Killer Croc takes Batman back to his cell, and the real story begins.  We find out that once Batman figured out that this world was not his own, he devised a plan to get himself into Arkham, so he could figure out how to stop Scarecrow.  That's my Batman right there.  Batman reroutes the security system, slips out of his cell, and casually knocks out every baddie that's in his way.  But to synthesize a antidote Batman's going to need some help.  Who do we know that was in last issue that seems to be immune to the Scarecrow's toxin?  That's right our occasional goodie, but mostly baddie Poison Ivy.  

The two work out an antidote, and Ivy lets Batman in on what Scarecrow's motives are for giving people perfect happy lives.  It seems Scarecrow has a new experiment in mind.  Since nobody has any fear he can expose them to true and complete fear, and afterwards they would forget the experience but still have a piece of them that was emotionally scarred without ever knowing why.  Hence all the suicides.

In the end Batman and Ivy send out a sedative throughout Arkham so they can make their escape and figure out how to cure Gotham, but once outside they run into Scarecrow, who seems to have Talon, Bat Woman, Batgirl, and Catwoman behind him all wearing scarecrow masks.  Wow.  I really can't wait to see how this will end.  So join me here next month with the conclusion in Detective Comics #29.

Bits and Pieces:

I'm really enjoying the Gothtopia story acr, but feel sorry for people who aren't getting the full effect by reading all the tie in issues, and it might be a hindrance to readers.  But even without the tie-ins this is a great issue full of the Batman we all know and love.  The chemist, the detective, the escape artist, and the ninja, this issue has it all, and being chock full of our favorite baddies doesn't hurt it either.  So go check out this story that really feels it was made for Bat fans.


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