Comic Vine Review


Detective Comics #935 - Rise of the Batmen Part 2: Apocalypse Now


Batman and Batwoman's new recruits prepare for the upcoming battle.

This isn't your regular old version of Detective Comics, and that's a good thing. We had decades and decades of [really good] Batman stories. James Tynion IV's direction in making this more of a team book is a fantastic and welcomed change.

As seen in the first issue, Batman discovered there's a new and deadly threat in Gotham that has targeted him and his allies. This makes Batman do the unthinkable...ask someone else for help. Seeking out Batwoman, along with Tim Drake, they will get Spoiler, Orphan, and...Clayface ready for what's coming up. The question is: Will they have enough time to get ready? If you thought the mystery of the threat was a plot element that would drag on, think again.

If you've ever read or seen Tynion talk about Batman and the related characters in this book in interviews, it's no secret how much he loves these characters. That's something that is also evident in each issue. It's a good thing when you can tell a writer deeply enjoys the book and characters they're working on. All of these characters have been seen in the various Batman books, but having them together gives it a different dynamic. It's a great change of pace for a Batman book.

Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira's art is perfect for the book along with Adriano Lucas' colors. There are times the scene will have a slightly different look to highlight some of the emotion with the characters. You can feel the art really focus and capture who they are and who they were in the old continuity.

Detective Comics is a Rebirth title that hit the ground running. While some of the other books are focusing on setting up their new direction, James Tynion IV delivers an incredible mix of action, storytelling, and character building. Having a bigger cast of characters sets this apart from your typical Batman comic. It's amazing how easily Tynion devotes plenty of time in developing each character while also pushing the story forward. Having superb art by Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira and colors by Adriano Lucas makes a great book even better. If you're looking for action, suspense, and developing storylines, you won't want to miss this book.