Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Future State: Dark Detective #1 Review

Writer: Mariko Tamaki
Art: Dan Mora
Colors: Jordie Bellaire
Letters: Aditya Bidikar
Cover Price: $5.99
Release Date: January 12th, 2021

Nakano has long since won the mayoral race and has installed a police state in Gotham known as The Magistrate. No vigilantes are allowed in the city, and capes and masks are exterminated by Peacekeepers; one Peacekeeper for each district in the city. So what's Batman up to?

Well, he's dead. At least that's what everybody thinks. The Magistrate has announced that Batman was killed, although they do not say how. It could have been the Joker, for all any Gotham citizen knows. And a few days later it's announced that Bruce Wayne has died as well. But Bruce survived the attack from the Peacekeeper who believes he killed him, and now he's living on the streets hiding from the Magistrate. 

And here's my only problem with the book: how are they going to claim Batman is dead without a body??? Wouldn't this force want proof of death, even if it's kept secret between themselves? Especially Mayor Nakano? You just don't leave a body in an alley, especially if it's Batman. I dunno. Something weird is going on here. This Peacekeeper-01 obviously let Bruce get away on purpose and said he killed him. But why?

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Most of the book is a lot of running in the rain as Bruce escapes from the Magistrate several times, both in the "present" and in the flashbacks from when he "died". It also shows how he got medical attention after being shot by the Peacekeeper, and later taking on a gang of turds robbing a citizen in an alley. And I loved it! It's got that Bladerunner feel to it. Running from the law in a futuristic setting. I love his new homeless Batman suit too. It looks cool as hell.

After that, there's a backup! It's about Grifter trying to get Luke Fox out of Gotham, and this one is even better than the headliner. It's hilarious, full of action, and makes the book worth buying just for this story alone.

Bits and Pieces

Despite one big plot hole, which I hope will be explained, I thought issue #1 is outstanding and a great way to kick this 4 parter off. It's fast-paced but the story is also told well by Tamaki. And the art by Mora is fantastic! More importantly, at least I think so, the Grifter backup is the most pure fun I've had from new (printed) DC content in awhile.


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