Thursday, July 3, 2014
I Reads You Review: DETECTIVE COMICS #30
DC COMICS – @DCComics
WRITERS: Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato
ARTIST: Francis Manapul
COLORS: Brian Buccellato
LETTERS: Jared K. Fletcher
COVER: Francis Manapul
VARIANT COVER: Hermann Mejia
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (June 2014)
Batman created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger
Icarus Part One
As a writer-artist duo, Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato launched The New 52 version of the Flash comic book series. Now, they are the new creative team on Detective Comics. Writer/artist Manapul and writer/colorist Buccellato start their run on the series with what looks to be a potent story arc, entitled Icarus.
Detective Comics #30 (Icarus Part One) finds Batman breaking up a kidnapping ring in Gotham City’s Chinatown. Later, Bruce Wayne considers entering into a partnership with Elena Aquila and her Aquila Healthy Families Initiative. That real estate development deal doesn’t sit well with everyone, including local politicians and a vicious crime boss known as “The Squid.”
I only read Flash #1 of The New 52 Flash series, but I really liked it and plan on returning to it and reading at least the Manapul-Buccellato issues. If issue Detective Comics #30 is a good indication, this team’s run on this seminal Batman comic book series will be a good one.
I am especially impressed by Manapul’s imaginative and creative page design (especially the bottom third of Page 9 of the story). This story arc is intriguing, made even more so by the coloring, which gives an added jolt of electricity that made me anticipate each page. I’m ready to read issue #31 to get a better feel for the series, but right now, I like this enough to give it a high grade.
Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux
The text is copyright © 2014 Leroy Douresseaux. All Rights Reserved. Contact this blog for syndication rights and fees.