Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Detective Comics #36 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Benjamin Percy
Art By: John Paul Leon
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 5, 2014

Grayson Stole The Show

Last issue of Detective Comics we saw Bruce Wayne about to take off in his private jet for a long overdue vacation but before he can, a plane makes an emergency landing at the Gotham Airport and even takes out a section of it.  I guess it's one of those right place right time scenarios and Batman is on the case, but when he opens the door to the downed plane, he discovers that all the passengers are dead and even though he's the world's greatest detective and kind of known to look before he leaps...... Well he exposed the entire airport to a Outbreak situation when he opened the door all willy nilly.  So Batman discovers that the virus that was on the plane kills in eight hours, so he's seriously on the clock here as a special broadcast plays over the news.  It turns out the man responsible for the virus is one of those political terrorists and wants troops out of somewhere, wherever troops might be that people get pissed about and he has the dumbest name I've seen in a comic in a long time; Magnus Magnuson.  Stupid name.  So let's see if Batman can handle this even though it's ridiculous to think he can because this is totally a Justice League situation.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

This leg of this two part story begins with Batman getting information about everyone on the "Outbreak" flight and then calling to Russia for a little help from that former Boy Wonder himself, Dick Grasyon.............. Who seems to be torturing people for information in Russia.  Now I know you're Secret Agent Dick now, but damn man.... Where's my Nightwing at among all this torture?  So being the type of person who does favors for people who raised him and who only have about eight hours to live, Dick begins torturing his interogatee for information on where Magnus Magnuson is and wouldn't you know it, Magnus hangs out right in the area and even has a girlfriend who owns a local nightclub.  What are the chances?  

So Dick goes to the nightclub and finds...... Helena Bonham Carter.  No, it really seems like this character is straight out of a Tim Burton flick and in exchange for information about Magnus Magnuson, who's apparently not her boyfriend anymore because he's all psycho political, she wants Dick to kiss her and if he happens to taste good then she'll give him the information he wants.  Well apparently this is a new chapter in my life because I never thought I'd say this, but I guess Dick tastes good.  *Insert laugh track*  So get this, Batman's in Gotham and calls Dick in Russia to find out where Magnus is and it looks like normally he's there, but now we find out that Magnus is actually in Gotham and not only in Gotham but he's at the airport............. and apparently he's the cure.  This is all very odd to me.

In the end Magnus shows himself as being one of the hazmat team and Batman's right there to take him down with........ You know what?  I have no idea what he took him down with because this art doesn't do a good job conveying a story.  To me it looks like Batman tears a piece of fabric off himself, there's a small gas explosion and Magnus is down.  Bah.  


So the day is saved and Bruce finally gets to go on his vacation once the CDC makes a antidote out of Magnuson's blood.  We leave this issue with the chief of the airport police laying in a hospital bed and him telling a nurse that he was exposed to the virus too long and that he's going to die........ You know because of Batman opening the plane's door and I guess a good consolation prize for being exposed to a virus and eventually dying from it is Bruce Wayne sending him a 1st class ticket to Hawaii.  Very strange way to end this book...... Unless he was just exaggerating to get sympathy from the nurse, then I guess it's okay.  Very strange story these past two months.

That's it for this issue of Detective Comics and I'm going to be happy as hell once Buccellato and Manapul get back on this series because I really couldn't get behind this.  The story began with me complaining about how it was too big for Batman to handle, but in the end it seems that all it took was for Batman to wait a few minutes for the villain to show himself then a simple BANG POW BOOM, it's all over.  The most interesting part of this book was Dick Grayson gathering information that really didn't matter.  Just a mess and I'm glad it's over.

Bits and Pieces:

I still can't tell you how Batman defeated the villain in this because the art was so muddied that I just sat there thinking "Dafuq?"  The story wasn't any better, Batman was useless and the real hero of this issue was Dick Grayson, half a world away and he didn't even do anything in the end except keep me from complete boredom.  Just an awful inclusion to the Detective Comics series that doesn't do anything but make you scratch your head at how this ever became a Batman story.


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