Review: DETECTIVE COMICS #965
Author: Peter Verra (Follow @PETER ILLUSTRATED)
Date: September 27, 2017

SYNOPSIS: “A LONELY PLACE OF LIVING” part one! It’s the story you’ve demanded: Where in the world (or otherwise) is Tim Drake? Red Robin faces a crossroads…escape the most devious prison ever devised, or find himself abandoned beyond time and space for all eternity! Not much of a choice, right? But when he finds out just who is locked in there with him, Tim’s world will change in ways he never imagined! This is one of the biggest stories of the REBIRTH era, setting the stage for an explosive DETECTIVE COMICS epic!

DETECTIVE COMICS has been one of my favorite titles since DC Rebirth began. James Tynion has given us a fantastic Bat-family with tons of defining moments for each character, perfectly juggling this large ensemble. Tim Drake it is now your turn, “A Lonely Place of Living” pays homage to Marv Wolfman’s 1989 “A Lonely Place of Dying” but can it live up the hype and it’s predecessor.

For those unaware “A Lonely Place of Dying” is the story that introduces Tim Drake to the DCU and how he eventually saves the relationship between Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson while proving and establishing himself as the next Robin. For those of you, like myself, who have been preaching for years the importance of a Robin. This issue is right up your ally. Tynion goes back and forth between flash back and present day as Mr. Oz holds Red Robin prisoner while we dig deeper into the choices of Tim Drake in “A Lonely Place of Dying.” Most of the book is dialog and setting up what is to come and there is a lot that is coming! Recently DETECTIVE has been very action heavy, this is not. That does not mean the book is boring. There is a lot to sink into here; there is more than one surprise, for both you and Red Robin.

Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira and Adriano Lucas provide the art of the main cover as well as the interior. Barrows has been doing a great job on this run when just doing covers, having him now inside the book is a treat. Stand out panels in the book are Red Robin/Superman the Movie and Trio in the Batcave. That shouldn’t spoil anything for you but you can’t help but smile. Great splash pages, great panel placement, the book is just beautiful.

The previously mentioned main cover to the book is by Barrows and company. We get the whole cast, with Tim Drake front and center. Surrounded by his pears, starring down at that red uniform, Batman and Mr. Oz above. I believe it was Tynion who tweeted out this image early and I still love it as much now as I did then. I always love little cameos of this Clayface when I can get it. Rafael Albuquerque provides the variant and I can’t help but love this cover. This cover is something you cannot do in film. It’s only something that can be taken from a film and brought into comics. It is just spectacular! It ties into one of my favorite scenes in the book so I won’t really describe it but you can’t help but fall in love with it as a comic book fan.

“A Lonely Place of Living” may have a strong hint of Superman but there are some tremendous Tim Drake moments. There are more than a few surprises that have peeked my interest and I’m excited for what is to come. If you love “Robins” you will really get into it. I can’t get enough of Batman & Robin (Not the 1997 movie!) any story about their relationship I will get behind -- that’s my Batman. We have been so lucky to have such great artists on this title. You can just flip through this book multiple times, truly a great piece of art. If you have been reading DETECTIVE, you will continue to love it. If you haven’t, this is a great place to start.

This is going to be a roller coaster ride! - Peter Verra

GRADE: A

A lover of genre films from BATMAN
to FRIDAY THE 13th.

A producer of college sports at the world’s
most famous arena, MSG.

A fool for watching that SCOOBY DOO
teaser trailer from 2002 and preying Batman is
the one who turns around and every time.

Follow Peter on Twitter @PETEILLUSTRATED.


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