DETECTIVE COMICS #37
Author: Matt Grazel
December 13, 2014

SYNOPSIS: Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato return - and now’s the time to take back Gotham City! Anarky now!

The creative team behind “Icarus,” the best story arc of this title since the start of the New 52 in 2011, introduces the villain Anarky in Detective Comics #37. In part one of “Anarky,” Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato continue their run on the title by including what has become of the East End Waterfront since the “Icarus” storyline concluded.

The East End Waterfront was a focal point of Manapul and Buccellato’s first arc. In this issue, people who lived there have lost their homes and are being terrorized by the deranged Mad Hatter. However, Batman soon realizes there is a bigger threat currently in Gotham. Detective Harvey Bullock, who was a central character in the “Icarus” story, is also aware that another force of evil is about to strike the city.

Accompanied by Detective Nancy Yip, Bullock arrives at the scene of a murder that occurred at Wayne Tower at the start of the issue. The murder victim is identified as Jeb Lester, an analyst at Wayne Enterprises. Bullock interrogated Lester about his involvement in human trafficking from Asia to Gotham in the previous storyline.

Anarky not only murdered Lester but hacked into the network at Wayne Tower to set the building to detonate based on what the appliances use to function.


DETECTIVE COMICS (vol. 2) #37 cover

Issue #37 is an introduction to a new story arc by Manapul and Buccellato. The creative team puts forth another gorgeous looking issue from the cover as well as several of the panels. The unique design and the colors included on the cover are eye-catching indeed as the “A” used in the word chaos serves as a dividing line between what Batman and Anarky stand for.

While his physical appearance is brief, Anarky leaves a lasting impression in this issue and the creative team does a great job of ending this issue leaving readers with more questions than answers about Anarky’s motives. Why has the character chosen to target Wayne Tower? How long will Anarky remain one step ahead of Batman? What does Anarky hope to accomplish through his actions?

From reading the solicitations of the upcoming issues and understanding from a broad perspective of what Anarky represents, explanations can be given for what the villain has in store for Gotham. The specifics of what Anarky will do to achieve his agenda remain unknown and will be discovered by readers in the forthcoming issues of this story arc. – Matt Grazel

GRADE: A-


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