Detective Comics was an up and down ride for me personally Rebirth, but because Zatanna showed up, it’s been up! She has breathed new life into the story and viewing her ancient relationship with Bruce has been a treat. So, does the pleasure continue? Let’s find out.
The problem begins up in the past with Zatanna notification (bragging?) to Bruce about Magic. It would have been cooler, but it’s pretty much what we’ve seen previously, but it will lead into the bit where Zee first showed Bruce the Sphere. Yep this is when Bruce’s mind was wiped and when this wasn’t mad enough, we all see that Zatara had a guest. Ra’s al Ghul!
Before we go off to what ought to be an amazing fight, we take a trip within Azrael’s mind and watch Ascalon (like a little boy) preaching the right and wrongs which should make up Azrael. It ends with the boy turning Good Son and revealing just how bad he is.
Back in reality, Azrael is fighting Luke and Kate while Ascalon strikes off with his Batwing Army. The bulk of the issue is Azreal combating with the Detective Squad and if you are a Cassandra Cain fan, you will be happy to know she is actually in this problem and kicks ass!
The issue ends with Ascalon going to shoot on Clayface and Numoz and while I think that it’s a lousy idea, it looks like Luke includes a change of clothing that lovers of old school Azrael are going to love.
This is a very quick moving dilemma that slows things down even as it’s full of tons of fighting. I enjoyed the Zatanna and Batman start, but the Azrael/Ascalon of the brain bit was a bit cliched and threw the speed of the issue off. I loved seeing more of Luke and the Rookie and can’t wait to watch Azrael in his new duds, but I really wish to see exactly what Batman does with all the Sphere and I want to see it today.
Alvaro Martinez’s artwork is really good as usual with exceptional character models and fantastic action scenes. Considering the rest of the artists being talked about at DC, he gets overlooked for some reason. Believe me, he should not!
Detective Comics #961 Review
Written by: James Tynion IV
Art by: Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez, Brad Anderson and Sal Cipriano
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 26, 2017
Bits and Pieces:
Even though this isn’t exactly the best issue of this arc, it is still pretty damn good. We get to see a little more Bruce/Zatanna: The Early Years and then get some ass kicking good times for the rest of the situation. Fans of Azrael will be excited at the end and as one of them. I can’t await another issue.
Score : 7.5/10