Detective Comics #1050

Detective Comics #1050

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VERY FINE/NEAR MINT
(W) Mariko Tamaki, Matthew Rosenberg, Mark Waid
(A) Ivan Reis, Danny Miki, Fernando Blanco, Dan Mora
(CA) Irvin Rodriguez
It’s the landmark, oversize issue Detective Comics #1050, and some of the biggest names in comics are here to celebrate the Dark Knight! First up in "The Tower" part four, the villainous force keeping Arkham Tower’s patients sedated is at last revealed—and this villain’s return is guaranteed to catch you by surprise! It’s the dramatic conclusion to act one of Mariko Tamaki’s Arkham Tower epic, brought to life by the legendary Ivan Reis! Then, in "House of Gotham" part four, Matthew Rosenberg and Fernando Blanco take us into the seedy underbelly of Gotham’s criminal elite through the lens of the original Robin (Dick Grayson), and reveal what it takes for a young man to survive amongst the deadliest killers in the DCU. It’s a tour de force of Gotham’s vilest villains! Last but not least, making his grand return to the DCU, writer Mark Waid teams with Detective Comics uber-artist Dan Mora to bring you the start of a brand-new day for Batman…and Superman? It’s the world’s finest collaboration that you’ll need to read to believe!
Date Available: 01/25/2022
BONUS REVIEW by Kevin Healy


I'm just here to review the 'World's Finest' portion of the book, but if you need something on paper for the rest, the main story is drawn by Ivan Reis, gorgeous to look at, and a confusing mess of flashbacks. It is not intended to be new reader friendly.

Next is part of a Scarecrow story, very well written by Matt Rosenberg and clearly (if not appealingly) drawn by Fernando Blanco. It's fine.

So, World's Finest...
There's a suprising amount of exposition here for a Mark Waid DC story. These are characters he knows very well, and for his big return to DC, this could be considered either pedestrian or lazy.
I think its neither.
Instead, I think it is a deliberate move to make this story, this TITLE (starting next month True DCeivers!) into something that works for the casual reader, the new reader. If you don't know a thing about Metallo, you'll know everything you need to by the time you're reading superhero Pulp Fiction happen. If you don't know anything about Poison Ivy, you'll get a very uncomplicated version with the main bells and whistles all intact. The art by Dan Mora is big, bombastic super hero stuff, blue cape yellow chest symbol Batman swinging into Gotham, a bright blue and red Man of Steel, and a fiesty, loyal Robin willing to take on the worst to save the best.

IF your reaction to that is "Well, I've read all THAT before...", I get it. Let me try to give you a reason to stay onboard. Comics, ALL comics, need new readers. Last year was a great one for the industry in spite of Covid, but we, the comic reader 'we', want that to continue. That means new readers, new faces, opening doors and walking to racks. When someone comes in for the first time in March and says that they want to read Batman, DC has provided what looks to be a perfect book to put in their hands. Think back, remember your introduction to these characters- someone is going to have that same reaction because of this book.


I give it 8 out of 10 Grahams


VERY FINE/NEAR MINT
(W) Mariko Tamaki, Matthew Rosenberg, Mark Waid
(A) Ivan Reis, Danny Miki, Fernando Blanco, Dan Mora
(CA) Irvin Rodriguez
It’s the landmark, oversize issue Detective Comics #1050, and some of the biggest names in comics are here to celebrate the Dark Knight! First up in "The Tower" part four, the villainous force keeping Arkham Tower’s patients sedated is at last revealed—and this villain’s return is guaranteed to catch you by surprise! It’s the dramatic conclusion to act one of Mariko Tamaki’s Arkham Tower epic, brought to life by the legendary Ivan Reis! Then, in "House of Gotham" part four, Matthew Rosenberg and Fernando Blanco take us into the seedy underbelly of Gotham’s criminal elite through the lens of the original Robin (Dick Grayson), and reveal what it takes for a young man to survive amongst the deadliest killers in the DCU. It’s a tour de force of Gotham’s vilest villains! Last but not least, making his grand return to the DCU, writer Mark Waid teams with Detective Comics uber-artist Dan Mora to bring you the start of a brand-new day for Batman…and Superman? It’s the world’s finest collaboration that you’ll need to read to believe!
Date Available: 01/25/2022
BONUS REVIEW by Kevin Healy


I'm just here to review the 'World's Finest' portion of the book, but if you need something on paper for the rest, the main story is drawn by Ivan Reis, gorgeous to look at, and a confusing mess of flashbacks. It is not intended to be new reader friendly.

Next is part of a Scarecrow story, very well written by Matt Rosenberg and clearly (if not appealingly) drawn by Fernando Blanco. It's fine.

So, World's Finest...
There's a suprising amount of exposition here for a Mark Waid DC story. These are characters he knows very well, and for his big return to DC, this could be considered either pedestrian or lazy.
I think its neither.
Instead, I think it is a deliberate move to make this story, this TITLE (starting next month True DCeivers!) into something that works for the casual reader, the new reader. If you don't know a thing about Metallo, you'll know everything you need to by the time you're reading superhero Pulp Fiction happen. If you don't know anything about Poison Ivy, you'll get a very uncomplicated version with the main bells and whistles all intact. The art by Dan Mora is big, bombastic super hero stuff, blue cape yellow chest symbol Batman swinging into Gotham, a bright blue and red Man of Steel, and a fiesty, loyal Robin willing to take on the worst to save the best.

IF your reaction to that is "Well, I've read all THAT before...", I get it. Let me try to give you a reason to stay onboard. Comics, ALL comics, need new readers. Last year was a great one for the industry in spite of Covid, but we, the comic reader 'we', want that to continue. That means new readers, new faces, opening doors and walking to racks. When someone comes in for the first time in March and says that they want to read Batman, DC has provided what looks to be a perfect book to put in their hands. Think back, remember your introduction to these characters- someone is going to have that same reaction because of this book.


I give it 8 out of 10 Grahams


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