Detective Comics #995 Review - Beast Mode
• DC Comics (Publisher)
The difference between Peter Tomasi's Detective Comics and Tom Kings Batman is night and day. While I usually expect Batman to be hit and miss. Peter's Batman is quite simply a beast. This comic picks up on the cliffhanger of the last issue. Leslie Thompkins unfortunately succumbs and dies after being infected by a modified Joker Toxin.
The comic goes on from there and we get yet another devastating attack on Bruce's family a couple of pages later. From here, we get one of the most badass Batman cliffhangers I've read in years.
The sense of urgency is the greatest strength of this issue. Batman isn't moping or monologuing to himself. In Detective comics he's efficient, and get's shit done.
Doug Mankhe and David Baron do a great job on art detail. Translating the urgency and desperation of the script to the page. I don't think the effects of the Joker Toxin has ever been rendered more terrifyingly.
The comic reads quickly but not too quick to feel cheated. There are no wasted panels. I won't go into heavy plot details because to reveal anything is to reveal spoilers that I don't want to get into (Yes I know that the book is from 2018). The book ends with an angry Batman seeking answers and there's nothing more exciting than that.