Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Detective Comics #1012 Review

Ice Ice Maybe

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Pencils: Doug Mahnke
Ink: David Baron
Letters: David Baron
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 25th, 2019

Review by Joey Casco of

It's snowing out and Batman has found the boat where he met Selina (uuuugh), old and abandoned in the dockyard. He's talking to himself and using snowflakes as a metaphor for his relationship with her. I mean, I don't mind it, but I'm really just over the whole boat/street thing. There's no reason for it being in this issue either, other than cool imagery of Batman in the snow.

He catches the snow in his hands, and over at the Gotham Pine Barrens, Mr. Freeze is doing the same thing. Apparently, Freeze is now able to take off his helmet because it's -2°F. He goes back inside and explains his plan to Nora, who is still frozen. Luthor's gift to him was a serum that would bring Nora back, so he's been kidnapping people to put them in the same state as her so he could make sure it will work on her. But all of the victims, who were originally lowlifes, died. Now he's targeting women that look similar to Nora and have the same build.

Meanwhile, his henchmen are out doing just that. They get one woman coming out of an indoor pool and it's actually kinda funny because they tranq her as she's climbing out, so she just falls back into the pool. I'm not sure if the dog that was outside was hers, but if it was then she deserves to be kidnapped. It's -2°F out there! Bring the dog inside!

One of the women they're out for falls and hits her head as she's tranqed so they make the decision to leave her there instead of bringing back as a damaged specimen, and Freeze kills one of those henchmen because of it later. When that woman wakes up she calls the cops, while Bruce is listening to dispatch from the Batcave.

I always love seeing Bullock, and he's now the interim Captain with Gordon away. He hears about the kidnappings and goes up to the Batsignal, turns it on, and Batsy is already there and it scares the crap out of him. It's such a cool image, too. There's really no purpose to this scene other than to let Bullock know Batman is on the case, but it was still my favorite part of the issue. And of course, Batman does the whole disappearing thing to go and find the kidnapped women.

Bits and Pieces

For some reason this is a very fast read for a pretty wordy issue, and it has some enjoyable moments, but I'm just not into the story. However, I loved the sketchy style of art.


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