Detective Comics #1016 Review

by Wes Greer on November 27, 2019

Detective Comics 1016
Writer – Peter J Tomasi
Pencils – Doug Mahnke & Tyler Kirkham
Ink – Christian Alamy, Keith Champagne, Mark Irwin, and Tyler Kirkham
Colorist – David Baron
Letters – Rob Leigh

I have really been enjoying this current story arc in detective comics. I always love stories that involve Mr. Freeze because there is so much more to him then just being a crazed lunatic or an evil villain. Everything he does is motivated by his love for his wife and trying to bring her back to life. He doesn’t want to do these things, but he feels he has to do whatever it takes and that really makes me relate to him and his humanity. I love how Tomasi has taken that a step further now by actually waking Nora but with a side effect that is now causing Victor to have to team up with Batman on his mission to save her. Instead of trying to bring her back, now he has to figure out how to bring her back to sanity, and Tomasi has done an amazing job developing the new story to continue to revolve around Victor passion for Nora.

This issue is my favorite out of the series so far. After reading the end of the last issue and seeing Freeze and Batman teaming up, I had a feeling this one was going to be good, but it was actually great! This issue shows is the team up of Freeze and Batman as they try to find a way to stop Nora and find a way to reverse the side effects of the serum Victor used to wake her and bring her back which is causing her to lose herself and her sanity. The story is packed full of action the entire time and of course in Detective Comics, things don’t always go as planned. The story really entertained me the entire issue and the twist at the end really gets you hooked into the future of the story and wanting more. It was also really awesome to see Batman rocking his Anti-Freeze suit which was designed so beautifully and looked better then any other version I’ve ever seen of it. It reminded me of a death trooper suit from Star Wars, but customized by Batman with the signature Bat Symbol.

The art team for Detective Comics consists of quite a few team members and in the past this has caused a few issues that didn’t match up or were off. This issue however was much more fluent and everything flowed together and looks amazing. All the character designs looked amazing and the design of Batman suit in this one is one of the coolest designs I have seen in a long time. The colors are all rich and beautiful and everything works with the winter style background art. Lots of blues and whites but the characters don’t get blended in at all. They all pop out and look stunning against the backgrounds. The panel work is standard in this issue but they were all done sharp and on point. The inking has been an issue before in this series but again in this issue everything is done right and there is no bleeding or over inking. The entire art goes together with zero flaws. One of the best issues art wise as well as story wise.

This story has been one of the best to come out of the entire series, and this issue is was just so much fun and entertaining to read. All the art catches your eye and really helps to bring this story to life. If you haven’t gotten into this story line yet, I highly suggest you do because it’s definitely is one of the best in awhile. If you have been keeping up, make sure you pick up this issue ASAP because you do not want to miss it! Detective Comics 1016 is available today so make sure as soon as you read this review, you run to your local comic shop and pick it up. Please make sure after you read it that you come back here and share your thoughts on the book down in the comment section below and let me know what you thought of it.

-Wes Greer 

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