The League of Shadows is in Gotham, and as always, this means that life, for the Bat-family, is about to get a whole lot more stressful. While I can sit here and tell you that Detective Comics #951 is really good, what you’re really looking to find out is whether or not you buy it. Here’s what I think.
“League of Shadows” part one! The next big DETECTIVE arc explodes here as the League of Shadows goes from mysterious rumor to deadly fact! What’s their plan for Gotham City? And how will their actions affect Batman and his team?”
Although we haven’t seen all that much our newest bad girl, Shiva…the Destroyer…it’s clear that she’s not only a badass but also that she is going to give Bats and his team a run for their money. I am quite fond of arcs that involve the League of Shadows because they typically involve elaborate plans to bring down the Dark Knight. Simply killing Batman (typing that just gave me the creepy crawlies) isn’t enough, the League of Shadows, and Shiva…the Destroyer…aim to destroy Batman and everything/everyone that he cares about.
While I am not too fond of the way that Batman is seemingly framed for committing a crime that he obviously did not commit, I am very much looking forward to Gotham’s descent into darkness. Clearly, Batman’s team is going to be tested within the next few issues of the “League of Shadows” arc, and I can’t wait to see how they fair. From the looks of it, writer James Tynion is going to have a good time challenging the squad. Speaking of Tynion, his writing is as good as ever, but the momentum did dip a bit in this issue after the exciting opening scene.
Christian Duce produced some fine illustrations in Detective Comics #951. I was especially pleased with his work on the ‘training’ scenes, as well as his full and two-page spreads. Alex Sinclair’s colors accented Duce’s work perfectly throughout the issue and worked especially well in that exciting opening scene that I referred to a few lines back.
Overall, Detective Comics #951 isn’t a must-read, but it is definitely worth picking up, because James Tynion, with the help of Shiva…the Destroyer…and the League of Shadows, is about to turn Gotham upside down.