Friday, August 26, 2016

Comic Book Review: Detective Comics #939

Detective Comics #939 - Written by James Tynion IV; Art by Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira; Published by DC Comics.

By Kenny Howell

The best DC franchise going right now continues its strong run with a stellar issue in #939.

Detective Comics #939 delves into the history of the Waynes and Kanes to give more context to what is taking place right now, that being Jacob Kane's military attack on Batman and his crew, which include Kane's daughter Kate, otherwise known as Batwoman.

We start with flashback scenes that show a distraught Bruce Wayne and Jacob Kane at Martha and Thomas Wayne's funeral. Kate comforts Bruce, and Jacob grieves for his sister Martha.

From there, the men took different paths. Bruce took that oath to fight crime for the rest of his life as Batman, and Kane chose to go to the military and works his way through the ranks to supreme power.

Unfortunately, Kane took a wrong turn somewhere, and he is on the offensive against Batman. The backstory really eases you into when the action takes off in the second half of the book, where Red Robin takes a chance that might save the team but put him in terrible peril.

Everything about this issue is terrific, but mostly importantly so is the way Writer James Tynion IV sets up his story, gradually filling in the holes with the back story before smacking you in the face in the last half with building action. It's just about perfect single issue story telling, and another strong entry from this series.

Rating: 9 out of 10

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