|Greg Capullo cover|
The newest Detective Comics #27 is an oversized issue featuring an oversized line-up of fantastic creators. From Neal Adams to Scott Snyder, Francesco Francavilla to Jim Lee, the issue is chock-full of Batman-y goodness. I first caught whiff of the book when my wife and I met Brad Meltzer at a book signing back in October where he revealed that he was contributing to the Batman mythos. Since then, I've been looking forward to this to come out.
|Jim Lee cover|
Peter J. Tomasi tells a tale of the future in "Better Days", where an elderly Bruce Wayne celebrates his seventy-fifth birthday. It features the aging cast of the Bat-family, Dick Grayson, Barbara Gordon, Alfred, even Damian Wayne, all on the verge of osteoporosis themselves.The art by Ian Bertram pays homage to Frank Miller's classic The Dark Knight Returns, with his heavy-bodied Batman and overly wrinkled Bruce Wayne. Even his depiction of Barbara Gordon brought to mind Carrie Kelly, the Robin from Miller's story. It's a great story that looks forward instead of backward and captures the spirit of how deep the need to be Batman goes to the core of his character.
|Frank Miller cover|
"The Sacrifice" by Mike Barr with art by Guillem March, explores what would have happened had Bruce Wayne's parents survived the attack outside the movie theater on that faithful night. With the help of the Phantom Stranger, Bruce gets to see his life had his parents lived, one in which Gotham is overrun by criminals and many of Batman's friends and allies meet with terrible situations. It shows the heavy-handed necessity of the Batman, a being dedicated to keeping the city, and the world, safe from harm, despite the sacrifice that's asked of him. It's a touching tale, one that's reminiscent of Marvel's "Age of Apocalypse", where one small change, the loss of Charles Xavier, can have wide-ranging consequences.
|Chris Burnham cover|
Scott Snyder has been lauded for his portrayal of Batman in the Batman series and he hits a home run here with"Twenty-Seven". Another vision of the future, Snyder takes Batman 200 years into the future, with the Dark Knight discovering a way to ensure that his legacy lives on to protect Gotham City. Sean Murphy lends his artistic talents to this story, bringing to life a variety of twisted versions of the future. It's a nice way to wrap up the issue, by promising fans that the idea of Batman will continue, even long after the person known as Bruce Wayne is gone.
|Tony Daniel cover|
Without a doubt, Detective Comics #27 is a fitting tribute to one of the world's most popular characters. Though it comes with a hefty cover price, clocking in at $7.99, DC manages to add a lot of value with seven wonderfully touching stories. They also did away with most of the advertisements, filling the additional space with pin-ups from a range of artists. Nowadays, most everything is touted as a "Collector's Item", but Detective Comics #27 is truly something that most people would want to keep, it's just that well made.