GRAPHIC CONTENT PICK OF THE WEEK: Lonmonster – ‘Detective Comics’ #881

Was the really any other option for this week? This is it Bat-fans, the culmination of Snyder’s hard and brilliant work over the past few months. Oh, and it’s also the final f*ckin’ issue of Detective Comics before the big reboot. Whether you’re excited for the New 52 or skeptical, it’s undeniable that this is a landmark issue in Batman history. Snyder has been building and building in this arc to reveal how heartless Commissioner Gordon’s son has become after years of living in the shadow of others. No doubt this issue will tie into the new series come September, so don’t miss this extra-size finale to Snyder’s epic Batman story. Read on for the skinny…

WRITTEN BY: Scott Snyder
ILLUSTRATED BY: Jock

“This is it – the finale so twisted, so shocking we can’t even begin to give away details here! Be there for the extra-sized conclusion of the acclaimed run by Scott Snyder, Jock and Francesco Francavilla. DETECTIVE COMICS #881 is the issue everyone will be talking about. Believe it.”

Not much hype really needs to be given to Snyder, Jock, or this book in general. Everyone knows that Detective Comics is not only one of the best Batman books, but one of the best comics period. Since Scott Snyder signed up with the team a few months back he’s been relentlessly shocking fans issue after issue.

The past few installments pretty much followed Commissioner Gordon alone, leaving the Bat out of the spotlight for once. But, for some reason, I have a sneaking suspicion that Dick will return this issue in a big way. James’ Gordon’s son is a character often forgotten in the Gotham world and Snyder has done an incredible job of revealing his sadistic intentions and murderous plots. If the care and planning given to this arc is any sign of what’s to come in the reboot, Bat-lovers will be in rapture. I can’t think of anyone who hasn’t liked Snyder’s run on Detective Comics, and if you are one of those few people, god help you.

I don’t need to tell you that Jock’s art so far in the series has been amazing; his dark colors mix with vibrant backlighting comes as a stark and lovely contrast. He’s got a unique comic book style giving character straight-line faces that really cut through the panel. The weird close ups and creepy angles add a nice sense of gloom to the book, especially when James Jr. is in the panel, that guy is a little creep.

I have a profound respect for DC for having the balls to pull off this reboot, but currently I’m in a rather sad frame of mind seeing all these books come to a close. It really is the end of an era and the start of something utterly new. Mixed emotions aside, the final issue of Detective Comics will blow your mind and go down in history as one of the best Batman stories to date. Thanks for an incredible final run, Scott Snyder, and farewell Detective Comics of old. It’s been real.


“Detective Comics” issue #881 drops Wednesday August 10th from DC Comics! (MSRP $2.99)