“What Is Karma If Not Justice”? (Detective Comic #984 Review)

Writer Brian Hill

Pencils Miguel Medonca

Inks Diana Egea

Colors Adriano Lucas

Letters Sal Ciprano

Cover Eddy Barrows Eber Ferreira & Adriano Lucas

Variant Cover Mark Brooks

Last Issue

Tragedy struck as The Signal Duke Thomas was blown up in a failed hostage rescue. Before the bomb detonated being haunted by one ominous phrase,”I’m sorry, but you make him weaker.” Upon his return to the Batcave, Alfred finds a data drive inside one of Duke’s wounds. Bruce instructs Alfred to scan it for viruses while he goes to recruit Jefferson Pearce aka Black Lightning to train the Batfamily. Once returned to Gotham, Alfred informs Bruce that the data drive has no viruses but an audio clip. The voice on the drive explains to Batman that his family makes him weak and that he is Batman’s karma coming to save him.

This Issue

The Mysterious masked villain reveals himself as he confronts Cassandra Cain with the same ominous phrase heard by the signal. This time, he’s here to send a deeper message. That their removal means true justice, and right now Cass is in trouble. As Black Lightning and Batman rush to the scene, we’re left wondering if its the very need to protect his family that is why he’s weaker with them in tow. As this mysterious villain begins to work his way toward his goal, we are left questioning who this masked lunatic really is and if he can be stopped.

Thoughts

The art style in this run is great with Miguel Mendonca’s penciling having the same great taste it’s had since rebirth. Helping the panels flow really well together and generally lending to its effortless readability. The writing in this issue was spot on, with the transitions from action to exposition flowing naturally and not to abrupt or long. I’m excited to see what more Brian Hill is going to do with this series and incorporation of Black Lightning.

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Travis Tucker

Travis Tucker

Born in Florida, dragged to California because of Internet dating. Comics have always helped me have a healthy escape when I was younger. As I got older my friends used me as their comic encyclopedia for random trivia. Now, I show my daughter all the stories and characters that helped me through, and being able to share my views on that through reviews is one of my favorite privileges.
Summary
I love this arc with Black Lightning and Batman so far, Bruce admitting he can't properly teach them I feel is a great step in the right direction for the rest of the Batfamily to shine individually as their own characters. They do very well in the plot to tell you what type of threat we are dealing with and how skilled they really are. Making Cass Cain sweat is not an easy feat in the slightest, and frankly it excites me for what s next to come in this arc.
Good
  • Great use of Motifs
  • Compelling
  • Beautifly Written
  • Leaves You Excited For More
  • Attention To Detail
9
Amazing
Cohesion - 9
Direction - 9
Flow - 9
Ambition - 9
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Born in Florida, dragged to California because of Internet dating. Comics have always helped me have a healthy escape when I was younger. As I got older my friends used me as their comic encyclopedia for random trivia. Now, I show my daughter all the stories and characters that helped me through, and being able to share my views on that through reviews is one of my favorite privileges.

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