Friday, October 3, 2014

Detective Comics #35 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Benjamin Percy
Art By: John Paul Leon
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 1, 2014

A Terminal Disease

Okay, Futures End has come and past and now we can get back to some serious detective work for this title.  Remember how excited we were when Buccellato and Manapul took over and the world of Detective Comics seemed like a bright new place where anything could happen under their guidance?  Well don't expect that here.  For whatever reason our creative team has taken a hiatus this month and we're given a story by people I don't know and I don't like not knowing people and I kind of feel like I need an adult as we dive into this story that is brought to us by strangers.  I don't know they could be good guys, I just needed something to write here in my recap section since ICARUS is over and Futures End has no bearing here.  So let's stop the nonsense and see if this book has anything to offer us.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Autumn has come to Gotham and with it I guess a case of Seasonal Affective Disorder, because Bruce Wayne is taking his private jet with Alfred in tow and getting away for awhile.  This is a cool setting right off the bat, because I can't recall many stories taking place at Gotham International Airport.  But we'll put my glee for the setting aside, because the story must go on and we see that a plane without clearance to land is coming in fast and since it's not responding to hails.........  Now do air traffic controllers hail planes or have I just been watching too much Star Trek?  Either way, with not enough time to scramble F-16s, this plane lands hard and then continues to smash into the airport terminal.  Now since all flights were halted until they could determine what was up with the rogue plane, Bruce Wayne never got a chance to take off and so it looks like Batman's on the case.

Batman beats the airport police to the downed plane's entrance and goes inside.  We see when the head of the airport police finally makes his way into the plane that we're dealing with some serious shit.  All of the planes occupants are dead and look like they've been dead for a long time, but as Batman and the officer make their way to the cockpit we discover that the pilot actually landed the plane........ kind of and then he simply died in front of our hero.  Now the plane left from Germany and it's an eight hour flight to Gotham, so whatever biological agent killed all these people is now out in the open thanks to Batman opening the door to the plane.  So pretty much the airport has eight hours left to live.  It's an Outbreak situation people and I don't care how awesome Batman is, they're all fucked.

In the end the Gotham International Airport is put under quarantine after Batman's recommendation and we see on the news the man taking responsibility for the biological agent is named Magnus Magnuson.  I don't care what you think about this issue, I just want you all to agree that that name is fucking stupid.  Knowing someone named that is just a waiting game for them to suddenly become evil, because you know it's going to happen at some point.  It seems that old Magnus has done this because of American troops in the Middle East and man did this comic just become too political for my liking.  When I read comics I like to have fun and this entire story with the exception of Batman and a dude named Magnus Magnuson, just seems to hit home a little too much for me.  This is a scenario that can actually go down, over things that are actually going down, with a biological agent that seems to be too big for someone like Batman to handle.  Hell this could be an entire Justice League situation and I don't know where this story can actually go besides for the death of Batman and hundreds of thousands more.  Damn that's a downer.

So that's it for this strange issue of Detective Comics and I'll be waiting for a black polybag with the Bat symbol on it for next month's issue, because nothing good could come from this.  See you then.

Bits and Pieces:

This month's "More than Batman can handle" story coupled with the muddy art of the issue really puts a bad taste in my mouth.  While at first I thought that this could be a really cool scenario for a story, it quickly became too political and really screams of the writer trying to use a Batman book to make a personal point about his beliefs.  Now that just makes me sound like a jerk and I don't even know if any of that is true, but I don't like it.  Bottom line here is if you like seeing browns and blues slapped together to tell a story about something that doesn't have any kind of redeeming quality in the fun department, by all means check it out, but I can't wait for Buccellato and Manapul to get back on the job.


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