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Detective Comics #878 - Hungry City, Part Three of Three Review

5

The conclusion to Hungry City and things get crazy.

Batman (Dick Grayson) is being held captive by the new Tiger Shark. Will he be able to escape or become a snack for a whale?

The Good

I have been waiting to talk about this issue (don't worry, I will not spoil things). I liked last issue but I really liked this one. Man oh man. My one complaint last issue was the new villains we were seeing in this story. Roadrunner was okay after his origin was told but he still lacked a little something. With the conclusion of Hungry City, the pieces all fall into place. It all makes sense and of course I should have had complete faith in Scott Snyder's writing.

We get to find out about the new Tiger Shark. He doesn't seem like your typical Batman villain and that's a great thing. Well, maybe I should take that back. I was going to say he wasn't as insane as your average Bat-villain but...maybe he is a little.

If you're looking for a good Batman fight, you will get one. What about James Gordon Jr? We haven't seen him too much lately. His last couple appearances have left me completely on the edge of my seat. We get to see some interaction with him. Normally I'm not a fan of character histories being tweaked but I can buy the fact that James could have been part of Barbara's or Dick's childhood. He wasn't around a lot so it's possible there was some interactions that occurred off panel. Any update on James Jr. is worth checking out.

If you're wondering about my rating. It was a very good issue. I loved how Tiger Shark was fleshed out and would love to see more. Normally this issue would have been a solid four out of five (on our new rating system which does not allow half stars). What easily pushed it to a perfect five was the ending. I will say no more. I will not hint at who or what it is about. When you see it, you will see it's a "holy $#!&" moment. When I think about it, I literally have to pause to let it sink in.

Jock's art captures everything nicely. You could look at the images with out reading the text and still get an idea what's going on by the expressions on the faces. The fight scenes with Batman in a different...element were depicted perfectly. And of course those last pages along with David Baron's colors are a treat.

The Bad

Not a thing. I've said it before and will keep saying it, Scott Snyder's Detective Comics is the best Batman comic on the stands.

The Verdict

Buy this comic. It ties up all the loose ends in the "Hungry City" storyline. We find out (have updates) on Tiger Shark, James Gordon Jr and Sonia Zucco. Reading a Scott Snyder story, you can easily see how meticulously he has had everything set up. Each issue makes you wonder what he could possibly have in store for us next. As insane as this issue gets, I can only imagine what next issue will bring. Snyder and Jock are a perfect pairing for this story. There will be some lasting repercussions from this arc. The new villains Dick is developing are going to be keeping him busy. This issue is definitely a game-changer.

22 Comments
Posted by keith71_98

OK, see...this is the book I'm jazzed up about. Glad to see that it may live up to my expectations!
Posted by CombatSpoon86
@G-Man 
 
You got an early copy? Lucky. Man I can't wait to read this tomorrow. Got 5 books Inc, Detective, AmericanVapire, FF, & Venom to look forward to
Posted by G-Man

@CombatSpoon86: Yes, I am sooo lucky. Totally not trying to brag. I understand that I am lucky to have been able to read. It's still driving me crazy that I can't talk about what happens at the end.

Posted by keith71_98

G-MAN tweeted that he was really excited about an early issue he had read. I'm assuming this is it.

Posted by CombatSpoon86
@G-Man 
 
Man I bet it is hard, I will probably read this first out of the bunch tomorrow. Looks like your gonna have to keep it to yourself til tomorrow lol. Its a shame that he's leaving Detective but he's going to Batman which is perfect. I just don't like that Daniels is taking the role as writer of Detective. He's a great artist but his writing is average at best.
Posted by G-Man

@keith71_98: Yes it is. I'm dying to talk about it.

Posted by B'Town

I cannot wait to get my hands on it. Thanks Tony.

Posted by B'Town

I cannot wait to get my hands on it. Thanks Tony.

Posted by Xenozoic Shaman

I've been neglecting Detective Comics lately, but your review has reminded me that I need to catch up.  I hadn't even heard of this most recent story, but will add it to my list.  Thanks for bringing it to my attention Tony.

Posted by keith71_98
@G-Man

Snyder is fantastic and has a way with dialogue that's second to none. The only good thing about his move from Detective is that he's going to Batman. Can't wait to see what he's going to do.  
 
Also can't wait to grab this issue.
Posted by doordoor123
@Xenozoic Shaman said:
I've been neglecting Detective Comics lately, but your review has reminded me that I need to catch up.  I hadn't even heard of this most recent story, but will add it to my list.  Thanks for bringing it to my attention Tony.

@Xenozoic Shaman said:
I've been neglecting Detective Comics lately, but your review has reminded me that I need to catch up.  I hadn't even heard of this most recent story, but will add it to my list.  Thanks for bringing it to my attention Tony.


Yeah. Read all of Scott Snyder's stuff. Hes really a good writer.  This has been flying under the radar. Cant wait to see what this issue is all aboot.
Posted by B_Heart

Looking forward to this issue. Love Snyder's work on Detective. Although I don't dig Jock's art style, the story more than makes up for it.

Posted by JonesDeini
@G-Man:  
I usually wait til Friday (pay day) to catch up on my new comics, then write reviews over the weekend. This was definitely the plan this weekend seeing as how my job's a bit irregular and we'll just be getting our first check since May so I have quite a bit of books in my box. But there's soooo much DC goodness waiting for me that I'm going to have to pick those titles up early. Snyder's really saved Batman for me. 
Posted by CombatSpoon86
@JonesDeini:  
Definitely about Snyder saving Batman, One of my favorite writers of today next to Hickman, He knows how to write Batman and any other book for that matter. I love Morrison's work as much as the next guy, but his Batman work is starting to wear off on me, Glad there is a new voice in the Batworld
Posted by JonesDeini
@CombatSpoon86:  
I really, really do have a huge amount of respect and appreciation for Morrison's contributions to the medium, but his Batman failed to grasp or impress me. More often than not it frustrated me. By the time Batman and Robin rolled around I was at that make or break point with him. The beginning was solid, the middle made me say "F' this! Why do I keep giving this guy a chance?!" I mean I literally sold my issues up to 8 to my shop for a few bucks off my new comics that week, the ending brought me back in (Frazer Irving's art really captured me) and reminded me why I hold out hope with Morrison...then I got to the last page and it was New X-Men all over again. I was beyond pissed about Inc. but gave The Return a chance and thought it was a good issue and was intrigued by the idea of Leviathan. Then I read Inc. #1...le sigh, it confirmed all my fears about Inc. read a few more issues just to make sure I wasn't jumping the gun. I once again said "f' this crap" somewhere about 8 pages into the "Tango of Death". Luckily I discovered Scott Snyder's Detective Comics. I'm a die hard fanboy of the Bat and it's impossible for me to see myself not reading the character in some capacity. So I decided hey, I've never heard of this Snyder guy but I gotta have a batbook and it just so happened the preview for it in the back of another DC issue blew me away. I mean those 4/5 pages were better than anything Daniel had done in his time on the Batman book. I read Snyder's first arc and from that moment on began telling everyone I knew to read his Batman and that he should be writing the main title. No words for how happy I am he and Capullo will be joining forces for Batman #1 come September!  
 
on another note, Hickman's likely my favorite writer right now and slowly making his way up my all time list. Proud to say he's a product of the Southern Carolinas!!!
Posted by Eyz

Oh man... the "modern" DCU is going out in a bang!
The storyline in most Bat-books have been great.... (yeah, I fear what the DCnU will change)
 
Great book!

Posted by Wattup

Awesome issue...but I think Batman Incorporated this week was even better! 8 )

Posted by CombatSpoon86
@G-Man:  
 
Dang you were right. Detective was fantastic, That Tiger Shark is one interesting character, I hope we get to see more of him through the batbooks. The ending was so eerie and disturbing, It was a perfect way to end the arc but left me wanting more.
Posted by cosmo111687

Excellent story arch from the justifiably lauded Scott Snyder, but it's no "Slam Dunk".

Posted by Dr. ? man

Best Batman book currently on the stands. Scott Snyder and Jock are like today's answer to Alan Grant and Norm Breyfogle.

Posted by GBrutality

..goddamn it. see? this is why i am pissed about this relaunch(boot,set,whatever). i love grayson as batman, he's gotten enemies that are creepy and weird as hell, which always make for great batman villains. don't get me wrong, bruce is the batman of all batmen, but what a breath of fresh air that's just gotten better over the past two or so years since he became batman. and that ending, though i saw it coming from early on, was pitch perfect. it could really leave something interesting for not bruce, who figures everything out all the time anyway, but dick to have to be a detective more and find things out. some things that could really shake things up on a personal level for others. the time frame is always a little jarring considering if dick and them hung out 12 years ago, then it raises more questions, but it can be looked past when stuff this interesting comes up. kick ass story, favorite of the week, and there were 9 others i had to read. going to miss the hell out of dick as batman instead of him going back to nightwing (why backwards, man?) 
 
one last thing on enemies, i thought since he first became batman that finally deathstroke would become an actual batman villain. i know he's fought bruce before, and yes he appeared in the issue where he took over damian for all of five minutes before getting knocked out in a hospital bed, but dick and slade hate each other with burning passions. he is a true nemesis for dick. now, i'm not a massive deathstroke fan, but when two characters have interesting history together it really makes for a good story. i don't know, maybe a little too much thought but still, just going to miss this.

Posted by entropy_aegis
@Wattup said:
Awesome issue...but I think Batman Incorporated this week was even better! 8 )
Nah,INC disappointed me.I hope the next issue will be better. 
Tec was great,much better than the last issue.