Karma Is A B!@%* (Detective Comics #986 Review)

Writer: Bryan Hill

Artist: Philipe Briones

Colors: Adriano Lucas

Letters: Sal Cipriano

Cover: Eduardo Panisca, Julio Ferreira & Adriano Lucas

Variant Cover: Mark Brooks

Last Time

Bruce took the literal and figurative trip down memory lane, driving down the mountainous roads of Gotham as he tries to recollect who the new villain Karma really is. Having a flashback to a mercenary he was exceptionally brutal with during their encounter. The next morning the rest of the Bat family is with Jefferson doing their best to explain to him that this Bruce is pushing everyone away when he needs help the most. During this time while they gather themselves, Karma strikes again, kidnapping the inhabitants of a school bus, storming Gotham’s local news station, and taking the female anchor hostage. Using the network’s emergency broadcast station and her familiar face, he sends Batman a message… Gotham’s children, or his. Then burns the anchor to death on live television!

This Issue

With time of the essence, now Bruce must mobilize to save the kidnapped kids and restore the faith Gotham has in him as a hero. Knowing full well Bruce does this on his own, she runs support for Ophan’s reconnaissance ahead. Jefferson finds himself in a tough spot between his morals as a hero and his word to Batman. With time all but gone the gang shows up at the same time as Bruce for a showdown with Karma.

Thoughts

This issue was great! It does well to capture the culmination of planning and personal stakes for both sides and provide a better understanding of where exactly Karma is coming from. Bruce recognizing the evil he does to these people is more damaging than what he thought, feels the responsibility not only to Gotham but to his pupils. The art style has a very easy way of captivating you with its clever transitions and dramatic angles in the frame. This recent surges of a regrettable Batman have really been pushing the envelope, with readers and characters in canon asking us all one real question – is what Bruce does really even good, let alone just?

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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
All things said and done, I liked this issue. It's a good way to bring the action up for the final showdown between Bruce and his Karma. The family's adamant need to disobey Bruce's direct orders is a nice touch, I just that maybe someday soon Bruce will come to appreciate the help and support that he is bestowed. Jefferson coming in as a teacher may be the McGuffin for that subplot so time will only tell.
Good
  • Great use of Motifs
  • Compelling
  • Nostalgia
  • Attention To Detail
Bad
  • Slow Build Up to Get Here
  • Enigmatic Villain Is A Bit Too Familiar
8.2
Great
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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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