Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Detective Comics #1016 Review




Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Pencils: Doug Mahnke & Jose Luis
Ink: Christian Alamy, Keith Champagne, Mark Irwin, Matt Santorelli
Colors: David Baron
Letters: Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 27th, 2019

Review by Joey Casco of TheWineStalker.net

Nora Fries is back and she has turned against her husband, so now Mr. Freeze must team up with Batman to help save her from herself. And, like most the stuff in this arc, it doesn't make much sense.


While going to the graveyard to visit her parents grave, Nora has left a mausoleum made of ice with Victor's name on it as a message that he's dead to her. Victor can't believe that she's turned so hard and cold, but he also knows why. The serum that Lex gave him included stuff from the B-zero experiment (which created that version of Bizarro) in Forever Evil, and her emotional processing is now all messed up because of its effects on her amygdala.



So Freeze thinks of a place that would drive her there with her emotions, and it's a statue of a ballerina in the Gotham museum. Of course, that's where she is. She's frozen the guards and one of them is still able to pull the trigger, damaging the statue, so she pushes him over and smashes him to pieces. She goes to do the same to the other guard but he's saved by Batman and Freeze. Batman is in that ridiculous fire armor, but hey, the flamethrower is cool.

Freeze tries to talk to her and help her but Nora throws "like you helped all those other women while trying to revive me?" in his face. They continue to try and help her but she's insistent on fighting, and she ends up freezing the entire room and putting a wall of ice between them. Batman uses the flamethrower to get through, and then Freeze turns on Batman, sending him crashing to the ground. 



Freeze goes to kiss Nora and she gets him with a syringe to the ear, containing a serum that will revert his ability to be outside of absolute zero. Nora gets away and Freeze will need his suit again, apparently.

By the way, all of the frozen people in the theater have been revived. Which makes no sense because they were just frozen with a freeze gun and saw none of the experimentation that Nora or the women saw. And will they get the same brain damage that Nora did? Did they just create a bunch of crazies by reviving those people?

Bit and Pieces

I feel bad for Freeze because he desperately wants to help Nora. He even accepts that she doesn't want to be with him anymore, but he still wants to help her instead of just stopping her. And I like the idea that Nora is out there and even more of a threat than Victor is. Those things are cool and the art was good, but this whole arc could have been much much better. Especially if the science made sense.


6/10

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