Published on February 2nd, 2019 | by Jeremy Carr
Detective Comics #997 Review
Summary: Batman and Thaddeus Brown must escape a deadly trap in this action packed issue of Detective Comics.
This week Detective Comics #997 comes out and brings us closer to the 2nd milestone event in DC Comics history. This series will be the 2nd series to reach issue #1000 and what better writer to lead the way to this achievement. Since Peter J. Tomasi has taken over on Detective Comics, it’s been one hell of a ride. As I read this issue, I kept thinking to myself ‘THIS is what Batman is supposed to be!’ Not to throw any shade at the other writer currently writing for the Caped Crusader, but this is what Batman is supposed to be. I’ve loved everything about Tomasi’s run so far and it just keeps getting better.
This issue puts Batman and Thaddeus Brown in a pretty tight spot, having them both bound up while water continues to rise over their heads. If being deprived of oxygen wasn’t enough, they must also deal with the threat of sharks and piranhas. Really simple story telling but the art team and Tomasi really found a way to make this thrilling. Having Batman’s inner monologue laying out the details of this amazing escape really kicked it up and made it a blast to read.
Of course with Batman, escaping the trap is never enough, because once he frees himself and Thaddeus, he finds himself face to face with the shape shifting creature he’s been dealing with since the start of this run. Only this time, the creature takes the form of Batman himself and tries to deal a little psychological warfare. Of course, Batman comes out victorious, has a quick moment with Thaddeus before heading off to deal with one of Batman’s well-known rogues from his gallery.
This story kept the action ramped up and really drew me in. Honestly, the pages just flew by as I read this story. It is so nice to have a real Batman story I can enjoy, from a writer that understands the character. I cannot give Tomasi enough praise for his work so far; however, he isn’t working alone and credit must be given to the team of artist that really made this issue come alive. The way this team was able to create the series of events and make it gripping is truly a work of art in itself. Watching Batman do his best to survive this trap while dealing with the sharks and piranhas is amazing and credit is given all to this team of artists. There was no doubt in my mind this was a 5 star issue by the time I hit the end of this issue. If you haven’t been keeping up with this series since Tomasi came onboard then I highly suggest you do so. This has been an action packed and thrilling ride that is sure to make any Batman fans happy.