Wednesday, March 27, 2019

DETECTIVE COMICS #1000 by Warren Ellis, Paul Dini, Tom King, Brian Michael Bendis, Peter J. Tomasi, Various, James T Tynion IV, Scott Snyder, Kevin Smith, Christopher Priest, Dennis O'Neil, Geoff Johns - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: After 80 years, it’s here—the 1,000th issue of DETECTIVE COMICS, the title that literally defines DC! This 96-page issue is stacked with an unbelievable lineup of talent that will take you on a journey through Batman’s past, present and a sensational epilogue that features the first-ever DC Universe appearance of the deadly Arkham Knight! But who is under the mask? And why do they want Batman dead? The incredible future of Batman adventures begins here! 

Detective Comics #1000 is a milestone in comics. It's the second DC title to reach 1000, and it's the title that DC literally took it's name from (D - Detective; C - Comics). More than a continuation of any one Batman story, it's more of a celebration of who Batman is and why he is so popular and important. There are a number of stories in this collection, but I'd like to focus on my favorites.

Brian Michael Bendis wrote his first (I believe) Batman story for this collection, and I loved it. It focuses on a conversation between an older Penguin and Bruce Wayne. Penguin is relating how he has known who Batman really is for a long time, but never revealed it. It is an interesting take on the relationship between Batman and Bruce Wayne, with a fun twist at the end.

Tom King has added his name to the list of legendary Batman writers with his recent run. His story is probably my favorite, because it's so poignant. The various members of the Bat-family are gathered in the hopes of discovering just what Batman's greatest case is. What they find out is something much more important. I love the emotional depth King brings to these characters.

Paul Dini, the man behind the animated Batman of the 90s, adds a story as well. His tale looks at the story of Knute Brody, quite possibly the worst henchman ever. As various villains relate how Brody's bumbling ways ruined any number of plans, Dini begins tying all the threads together. There is definitely an echo of Dini's tv series in this story.

Finally, Peter Tomasi introduces the Arkham Knight (from the Batman: Arkham video games) into the comic continuity. The story is told from his perspective, which promises to put a Batman under a new microscope. This is definitely a match-up worth watching.

Several other authors have written their own odes to The World's Greatest Detective. The stories cover different eras of Batman's career, and are written and illustrated by a who's who of Batman creators.

Overall, Detective Comics #1000 is a great celebration of the Dark Knight. I really enjoyed the various stories, and recommend picking it up to all Batman fans. Here's to 1000 more!

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

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