The Other Side Of The Coin Detective Comics #990)

Writer James Robinson

Artist Stephen Segovia

Colors Ivan Plascencia & Allan Passalaqua

Letters Rob Leigh

Cover John Paul Leon

Variant Cover Simone Bianchi

Asst. Editor Dave Wielgsz

Editor Chris Conroy

Group Editor Jamie S. Rich

Last Issue

Batman tracked down the pair of fireflies in the most obvious of places. As mentor explains to pupil how he gets by as a second-rate villain, Bruce comes in to stop the teaching. Scolding the both of them for hiding out in a pyrotechnics factory. Getting the information needed from the protege. Bruce learns of the involvement of Harvey Dent, making the appearance of our firebugs seemingly by design and not random.

This Issue

Bruce catches up to Dent, but its a trap. Bruce holds fast, recognizing that these goons are amateurs. Not even being able to shoot Bruce at point blank range, Bruce taunts Dent, asking him if this is his best shot. Surprise, the base is rigged to blow. Before eradicating his base, Dent leans to the notion that these recent events are the direct fault of Jim Gordon. Uneasy alliances are made for a similar cause. To find and purge this shadow group returning to Gotham.

Thoughts

I like the different direction this arc is taking us in, we’re being given a cynical even flippant Batman. Criticizing Dent for his lackluster preparation for his arrival, hiring sub-par help for the ambush and failing to really cover his tracks. Being tired of trying to appeal to Harvey and knowing that Two-Face is and always will be all of Dent.

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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
Its still a little for me to really judge this new arc, the past few issues were very enjoyable. However, it feels like back to back filler. Which slows my enthusiasm to find out what's going on. Filler needs to be captivating in my opinion, otherwise its just dissatisfying build up which is what we've got the last two issues of the series.
Good
  • Fun shout out to past threats.
  • Great use of Motifs
Bad
  • less substance than previously
  • Boring writing
  • Slow Read
6.5
Fair
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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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