DETECTIVE COMICS #38
Author: Matt Grazel
January 11, 2015

SYNOPSIS: The people of Gotham City have spoken - and now, Anarky runs wild in the streets!

“Anarky” part two begins with the cliffhanger of an ending in last month’s issue. Batman manages to save the hostages from Anarky’s attack at Wayne Tower. However, Anarky has a bigger plan for the citizens of Gotham.

Anarky challenges the people to be whoever they want to be. The villain explains he has expunged every record an individual has meaning everyone gets a new start. Anarky supplies people with their own Anarky masks and encourages the individuals of Gotham to illustrate on their masks as a symbol of their newfound freedom.

Anarky’s insistence to the people sparks a response on a news interview segment with councilman Sam Young; another character whom Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato introduced during the “Icarus” story arc of Detective Comics. Young criticizes the political system in Gotham; holding the mayor accountable for an individual in the city that may lack an opportunity at a suitable life thus resulting in the person feeling hopeless and possibly turning to a life of crime.

Manapul and Buccellato characterize Anarky as a manipulative individual who seeks to influence Gotham City through his own actions and beliefs. The significance of Anarky’s identity is akin to that of who Batman is because the symbols of what both of them stand for carry more power than their respective identities. Batman inspires people to hope and make a difference in the world. Anarky wants others to be whom they want and think only for themselves.

In recollection, Manapul and Buccellato present readers with even more clarity in this issue as to what Batman and Anarky represent as demonstrated on the cover of Detective Comics #37.

Matches Malone makes his return to Batman comics in this issue. Bruce Wayne uses this well-known persona to find out more information regarding who hacked into his company.

At the conclusion of this issue, Gotham has literally become anarchy due to Anarky’s strong and growing inspiration over the city.

From their artwork to the storytelling, Manapul and Buccellato continue to take Detective Comics to new heights of success. – Matt Grazel

GRADE: A+


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