Review: Detective Comics #946

“The Victim Syndicate,” Part 4: Death Wish

Detective Comics 946 Cover



Writer: James Tynion IV

Artists: Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira and Julio Ferreira




“THE VICTIM SYNDICATE” part four! The Victim Syndicate is taking their message to the streets in an attempt to turn the citizens of Gotham City against Batman and his allies! They can fight villains, but what happens when the whole city turns against them? – DC Comics

Redemption for James Tynion IV and company. I have to ask if publishers (not just DC Comics) are instructing writers to write with graphic novel collections in mind. With the last story arc before this one, Monster Men, that was obvious. So, I get that the previous issue was to further the story, but it was truly lacking something. This issue was much better.

Even though he is currently not a part of the team, the presence of Red Robin is felt in this series. Tynion is taking Stephanie Brown aka The Spoiler through it. She’s building duplicates from artificial intelligence and Clayface leftovers. Stephanie needs HELP!

As for the Victim Syndicate, it seems like Batman and his compatriots finally have the upper hand, then things get… spoiled.

As previously stated, I think the plot is finally moving forward. I do take issue with the artwork. Is there something going on? Why is Barrows not doing all of the artwork? I don’t mind gradual change, but I think it’s very abrupt when the art varies from issue to issue.

Alright, Tynion, you’ve peaked my interest again. I can’t wait to see how this all plays out in less than two weeks.

Images courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Kevin Gunn

Kevin is married with 4 children and 4 grandchildren. He loves all things related to DC Comics, even those movies that get a bad rep like "Batman & Robin" and "Catwoman." Kevin is the Editor in Chief of Dark Knight News. He has a degree in Communication, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Administration. His favorite DC hero and villain are Black Lightning (though Batman is a close second) and Black Manta respectively. Kevin tries to exemplify being a hero everyday by helping others. Something interesting about him: he was a contestant on "Wheel of Fortune." Follow Kevin on Twitter - @captsigma