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Detective Comics #24 - State of Shock Review

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Batman aims to stop Wrath's madness, but can he prevent the villain from taking even more lives?

The Good

Artist Jason Fabok continues to steal the show in DETECTIVE COMICS. Don't get me wrong, John Layman's providing an entertaining story, but Fabok simply gets Batman and his world. Seriously, go ahead and take a moment or two to admire that cover again. Wonderful, isn't it? There's a beyond terrific amount of darker detail conveyed into each character and just the right amount of shading, too. It's a perfect match for the grittier tone and city, yet it never feels too bleak or depressing. When combined with Blond's colors, there's some truly vivid, explosive and tremendously cinematic pages to be found in this issue. DC, please keep throwing more and more Batman books at Fabok. After reading this story, I can say with total confidence the dude is more than deserving of it.

As for the story, Layman wastes no time following-up on the last cliffhanger and matters literally speed right ahead. Thanks to the talented visuals team, Layman's plot is presented in an awesomely cinematic fashion and never gives you much of a break as the developments race ahead and a breakneck pace. Then, there's a HUGE amount of anticipation and hype as Batman finally confronts Wrath in a jaw-dropping splash page. What follows is a bit too short for my taste, but it's still quite rad thanks to the powerful artwork and circumstances.

I must admit, I didn't see the conclusion coming (between Wrath/Batman, that is) and I think it's a real fitting way to wrap up this story. It would have been nice to see a little more of a brawl before we were hit with that twist, yet it was still a commendable turn of events with a lot of heart behind it. Once the dust settles from their brawl, Layman also takes steps to establish the book's future and one of these steps has me particularly intrigued.

The Bad

Some of the dialogue and captions feel unnatural or just unnecessary. A lot of situations are blatantly spelled out for us which honestly don't need to be. For the sake of being spoiler-free, I'll avoiding providing specifics, but there were a handful of situations where it was easy enough to put together the pieces without having a character elaborate why this or that was done.

Batman's big fight with Wrath felt rather short considering all of the build-up and the beyond epic cover showcasing a confrontation between the two. Sure, it's quite badass how it unfolds, but considering all that has occurred, its end felta bit too abrupt to me (with Batman, that is). I'm sure those who are less passionate about battles will disagree and perhaps it's my own fault for hoping for more, but I've been anxiously awaiting this showdown for quite some time and the pressure has certainly been building.

The Verdict

While it would have been nice to have a bigger final confrontation between these two and some of the dialogue comes off as forced, this was still a thoroughly satisfying conclusion to Wrath's New 52 debut. There's a nice amount of emotion to help break up the chaotic events and the visuals absolutely deliver and then some. This story has definitely put DETECTIVE COMICS back on my radar and I'm looking forward to what's next.

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Posted by AllStarSuperman

dat cover! it caught my eye months ago when I was one DC Comics website.

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Posted by iaconpoint

Won't get to read this until tomorrow but the Layman/Fabok team has got to be the single most underrated team in all of comics at the moment. Month after month these two provide stories every bit as good as what's going on over in Batman. This is the strongest 'Tec run in years and I'm loving every issue of it.

Edited by MuyJingo

I've yet to read the issue, although I'm not sure I agree about the cover.

Batman fighting Wraith in daylight with a bunch of planes/drones flying/fighting overhead isn't the best showing of Batman's world IMO.

Or were you referring more to the internal art?

Also, are notifications down again?

Edited by BigCimmerian

Poor Gotham, how many people die in that city per day lol?

Posted by k4tzm4n

@muyjingo said:

Batman fighting Wraith in daylight with a bunch of planes/drones flying/fighting overhead isn't the best showing of Batman's world IMO.

Or were you referring more to the internal art?

The one remark about the cover was simply praising its quality. Everything else regarding the art (getting the vibe of the world and so forth) was referring to what's happening in the issue itself. Rereading it, I can see how that wasn't expressed clearly enough. Apologies.

Edited by MuyJingo

@k4tzm4n said:

@muyjingo said:

Batman fighting Wraith in daylight with a bunch of planes/drones flying/fighting overhead isn't the best showing of Batman's world IMO.

Or were you referring more to the internal art?

The one remark about the cover was simply praising its quality. Everything else regarding the art (getting the vibe of the world and so forth) was referring to what's happening in the issue itself. Rereading it, I can see how that wasn't expressed clearly enough. Apologies.

No need to apologize, I was just curious. I would have liked to hear your interpretation/rationale if you had meant the cover is all.

Looking forward to reading the issue, enjoyed your review.

Notifications seem to be definitely down...any word on when they will be working again?

Posted by Cavemold

I thought its good ending to the arc 4/5 seems like good score

Posted by manwithoutshame

I couldn't get past how cheesy this issue was. Some of the dialogue and fight sequences just made me cringe. 2.5/5

Posted by HushoftheWind

if this issue did anything, it did debut another bad ass Batman suit. It looks like Detective Comics is going to be more tech heavy.

Posted by ptigrusmagus

Decent end to the arc.

Posted by detective38

I loved the ending with Gordon and Wrath, this writer gets how to write a good Gordon. His dialouge for batman eh, not so much

Posted by kidhero999

I loved the ending with Gordon and Wrath, this writer gets how to write a good Gordon. His dialouge for batman eh, not so much

The front of the Batplane looks just like the one in Arkham Origins.

Posted by admwriter

Although I agree with the feedback about Fabok's art (he's AMAZING, and I hope DC keeps him around) I have found Layman's Detective run to be a trifle boring and forgettable. Each issue I pick up, I have to scramble to remember what happened in the last issue. (I have to admit, I do love MArvel's recap pages... if you collect a shit ton of books each month, those pages are a HUGE help.)

As a matter of fact, when I read yesterday that the Detective creative team was getting a shake up, I made the decision to just shelve the rest of Layman's run. Too many other options out there.

Posted by KASPERCOLE

@admwriter: Any ideas who the new creative team will be?

Posted by Marionettegeist

@admwriter: Any ideas who the new creative team will be?

I believe it's the former Flash team. That's what I've heard anyway.