Review: Detective Comics #46

by Nat Brehmer
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Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Pencils: Marcio Takara
Cover: Andrew Robinson

Gordon’s first team-up with the Justice League went much better than I had initially suspected. In fact, it’s the most I’ve liked Gordon as Batman so far. This wasn’t just some guy in a giant mechanical Batsuit, this was Gordon as I’ve always known him, bringing the strengths of his own character to the events of the issue.

After the last issue, I wasn’t necessarily looking forward to what I thought would be a forced team-up. Even if it is a forced team up, it’s handled surprisingly well. They’re investigating mysterious deaths and giant monsters, creatures who eat eye fluid, you would think it would all be too much for Gordon. I mean, it still wasn’t that long ago that he was just a cop.

But he knows exactly how to handle it: by treating it like a crime scene. Gordon proves to be the most useful person in this whole team-up, which was to be expected considering it happened in his own book. It’s also interesting to see how he interacts with the individual members of the League. His dynamic with Flash is one of the most interesting things about the issue, and it makes perfect sense because these guys are both inherently tied to police work. They’re in their element working together and figuring out how to solve this crime, even though it’s a crime involving giant monsters.

Gordon knows how to take this insane situation and apply it to his own set of skills. That’s what’s so impressive about this issue, even if some of the actual fighting doesn’t work for me, just because I haven’t warmed up to the Bat-Armor yet. At this point, I probably won’t. That’s why it’s so important to at least treat the character right, and that’s what was done here.


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