Review: DETECTIVE COMICS #970
Author: Peter Verra (Follow @PETER ILLUSTRATED)
Date: December 13, 2017

SYNOPSIS: FALL OF THE BATMEN” part two! Spoiler and the team still have unfinished business to resolve...and unfortunately for everyone, the Victim Syndicate feels the same way!

“Fall of the Batmen” part two continues right where we left off. Mayor Atkins is moving full steam ahead with his plan to rid Gotham City of costumed vigilantes choosing to beat them at their own game. While the Victim Syndicate will try and exploit the one member of the Bat-family the public knows they cannot trust, Clayface.

There is a lot of emotion in Detective Comics #970, while some will be intimately drawn to Red Robin and Spoiler it was Clayface yet again, who shines bright in dark and dreary Gotham City. Dr. Victoria October and Clayface share moments that really make you appreciate this “Ben Grimm” take on Basil Karlo. He wants to repent for his sins, a life that he seemly has put behind him. Dr. October has possibly found a cure for our lovable monster, before Clayface takes a dose of any antidote he wants to do rite by one of his victims. It is that very kind gesture that gets Clayface ambushed by the Victim Syndicate and will be used against the Batman.

Red Robin and Spoiler have not seen eye to eye since Red Robin’s return. Red Robin has been working tirelessly on what seems to be an ever-expanding Bat-family, planning for every possible scenario or is he using his “work” to ignore Spoiler keeping the status quo. That is up to you to decide. He is continuing to neglect Spoiler and his promises to her. Spoiler is tireless in her efforts to get Red Robin to see the big picture, but they come to no avail. You can really feel the tension in the air when the two share the page. Unlike Clayface and Orphan who comfort each other with tough love, you feel like the third person in a room while your buddy and his girl argue, hitting you in all the feels.

A continuing trend in Tynion’s run on Detective is that the Colony and Colonel Kane just do not resonate with me. I really love what Tynion has brought to this book on an emotional level. There are “pairings” if you will, of characters that I can’t get enough of Clayface/Orphan, Red Robin/Spoiler even Batwing/Azrael and when they work they work so well. The Colony and Batwoman is anything but, I find my self-disinterested when anything involving the Colony or Colonel Kane is on the page, but that is just me.

Joe Bennett draws the interior of this issue. While I did enjoy the artwork for the most part of this book there are a few things I’d like to point out. I’m going to make two Batman Forever references here, so bare with me. Through out the entire book except for two panels Red Robin does this weird mouth open thing and it takes me out of the book. I instantly think of Kilmer in “Batman Forever” because in the whole movie Batman’s mouth is constantly open. If you never noticed it before go re-watch and you will see it. Also there is a Batsmirk that is just as atrocious as Kilmer’s when leaving Chase Meridian’s apartment. It’s even on par with Batfleck’s awkward smile in the recently released Justice League. Like I said earlier I did enjoy the artwork for the most part, the action scene on the highway was an entertaining event. Though the color of Batwoman’s motorcycle did change from blue to red, Jason Wright did the colors in the book. The Orphan Clayface fight scene was fun action and I felt the emotion bleed through the pages when she gave Clayface some tough love and when Spoiler was going off on Red Robin for dropping out of school.

“Fall of the Batmen” part two is in line with what I expect from Tynion. Really great on the emotional aspect with Basil Karlo trying to wright the wrongs made by Claryface and Spoiler trying to move past her life as a vigilante and start a normal life with Red Robin outside of the Belfry, not so much on getting me to connect with the Colony. The thing that I love about this title is no matter who the “villain”, it is the team and their interactions that really excel and draw me in. Part three of “Fall of the Batmen” will be released on 12/27/17 until then cool kids! - Peter Verra

GRADE: B

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