Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Detective Comics #1032 Review

Writer: Peter J. Tomas
Pencils: Brad Walker
Ink: Andrew Hennessy
Colors: Dave McCaig
Letters: Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 8th, 2020

The Batfamily is unconscious and abducted by the villain Hush. But what does he want from them? And, if that wasn't an annoying enough question to start a review with, Batman is tracking down Damian... but what the hell does Damian want?
Nightwing, Batgirl, The Signal, Orphan, and Red Hood all wake up in the van. Bartender says... I don't know. I'm not good at jokes. But Hush goes on a monologue as they're all strapped down and can't say a thing because of a drug he gave them. He talks about how Bruce has taken a lot from him and how he's going to take a lot away from Bruce... blah blah blah... but you know what? It's not that bad. It sounds like it would be the usual crap but it was well done by the way it was presented and worded. Normal villain motive, but not done in a played-out way.

Hush is going to strip Batman from the only thing he cares about, his family, and of course, it's only right that the first one would be Jason. But first... he needs blood samples to find out their blood types. Not only is he going to kill them but he's harvesting their organs to sell on the black market. "I'm so happy I found a unique way to dismantle Batman's family and make millions of dollars at the same time."

Cut to Bruce hunting down Damian, where he finds his hiding spot in an abandoned building. But then Damian jumps out of nowhere and just starts beating him up. Bruce spends his time either taking, blocking, or dodging Damian's blows, refusing to strike his son. Damian wants to be left alone, but Bruce wants to know what he is up to and why he took his Black Book.

I really enjoyed the fight! It's something that has had to happen between the two of them for a while now, and the art is so good during this part. Eventually, the building collapses, and even while they fall to the ground Bruce is trying to protect his son, but Damian won't give up the fight. Bruce makes sure his back is to the ground with Damian in front of him and yells "HOLD STILL, DAMN IT!" It'll give you a chuckle with what they say when they finally land. By the way, we really don't find out what Damian was doing just yet.

Now we get a little intermission with mayoral candidate Nakano getting a prosthetic eyeball, and he ends up demanding it is taken out when he finds out it's been paid for by Bruce Wayne. He's not going to be bought out by billionaires, damnit!

When it gets back to Bruce and Damian, it's become obvious to Bruce that the Batfamily is in trouble because they haven't been responding to the signals he's been sending. Damian, being a jerk by nature but not a jerk on purpose, of course, is concerned and suddenly the two have gone from fighting to running with each other. Batman and, uh, Robin. Together again.

Bits and Pieces

With awesome art, the threat that is Hush, and a great fight between father and son, I really liked this issue! Hush has a plan that seems pretty common but with a twist on how he's going to benefit from it. Then the big fight? Loved it! It's been a long time coming and I was not disappointed. This book has been a roller coaster for me lately, going up and down with each issue, but this is one I enjoyed reading from start to finish.


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