Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Detective Comics #1015 Review

A Cold Day in Gotham

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Pencils: Doug Mahnke & Jose Luis
Ink: Christian Alamy, Keith Champagne, Mark Irwin, Matt Santoreli
Colors: David Baron
Letters: Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 13th, 2019

Review by Joey Casco of

Mr. Freeze has finally brought his beloved Nora back and cured her of her terminal cancer, thanks to Lex Luthor's offer. B
ut he's left plenty of test subjects behind that Batman must try and save, who are being kept in temperature-controlled tanks in the Batcave. While Bruce, Alfred, and Lucius try to cure Freeze's victims, Mr. & Mrs. Freeze are out on the town.

They're going around robbing banks and warehouses I'm assuming so they can fund all of that crazy tech they have because all that stuff is really expensive and how else are you going to pay for it? But it doesn't last very long. Victor wants to stop being a villain now so he can have an actual life with Nora, but Nora likes having the power to freeze people and do unlawful things. So she turns on him and freezes Mr. Freeze himself.

Back in the Batcave: Bruce, Alfred, and Lucius are trying to figure out how to unfreeze Freeze's experiments. They finally figure the serum out, and to prove it works they have to test it. So, of course, Bruce insists that it's tested on himself, and there's a great "I've been waiting a long time to do this" look from Alfred before he freezes Bruce's arm. The serum works on Bruce and they're able to revive all of the frozen victims.

But the Bat-signal is lit, and it's Mr. Freeze who flipped the switch.

Freeze is Batman's "Year of the Villain" villain but his year is a rather short one. Now he's working with the hero that he wanted to take down so he can fight the very thing that's made him a villain all of these years: his beloved Nora.

Bits and Pieces

I wish Tomasi gave us more of the Freeze's as a team to make Nora's inevitable treason mean more. We've waited so long for her to come back and we only really get one splash page of what we, or maybe it's just me, actually want to see. And the issue overall is forgettable and boring. The return of Nora Fries, especially as a villain, should not be forgettable.


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