Comic writer extraordinaire and friend of the podcast Bryan Edward Hill had his Batman debut this week with Detective Comics # 983.
It’s the first of a 5 part story arc that promises to test the Caped Crusader as well as the Bat Family including a freshly recruited Black Lightning. Along with an appearance by Martian Manhunter and mention of the Justice League, this promises to be a big story in the DC Universe.
Bryan Hill’s opening salvo hits hard and fast within the first few pages. Mixing tense action with multiple characters, while incorporating groundwork dialogue and foreshadowing with normal Gothamites talking about the mythos and pop culture effect of Batman.
Black Lightning is amazing as always and his incorporation into this chapter of Batman’s universe leaves you wanting more. Combining these two vigilantes together should prove to be a dynamic mix.
A shadowy villain remains ominously close and present without tipping their hand too early. First descending on Duke Thomas (The Signal) with a chilling declaration and a devastating attack, to leaving Bruce a chilling message that resonated with me, the stage is set for a story that will push Batman and the Bat Family into dark waters.
The artwork by Miguel Mendonca is gorgeously engaging and conveys perfectly the atmosphere and action that makes Batman one of the best heroes and Gotham one of the most beautiful playgrounds in comics.
Personally, I loved the idea put forth about heroes becoming famous to the point of losing their “edge” and being seen as less than frightening to villains. It was a beautiful cherry of thought on this most recommended and excellent issue of Detective Comics.
On a side note, Bryan’s thought on the heroes we love and read is one that should be embraced by the world at large. They are heroes for a reason. We love them for being such. Find ways in your everyday life to exemplify the character and values of those heroes. Be compassionate, be strong, stand for those who can’t, fight for what is right. In short, Be Like Batman.
Make sure to get your hands and eyes on this issue. It’s a can’t miss opening to what promises to be an engaging and intense chapter in Batman’s mythology.