If you’ve been following this current arc, you are already well aware that there is some serious trouble in Gotham, and as of yet, the Dark Knight hasn’t been able to get a grip on the situation. In Detective Comics # 954, the situation continues to escalate, and Batman’s once firm grip on the city of Gotham continues to loosen.
“’League Of Shadow’ part four! Ra’s al Ghul has the answers Batman needs to take down the League of Shadows…but will he lift a finger to help him? Or would he rather use the League to take care of the Dark Knight Detective once and for all?”
Fans of Ra’s al Ghul will get a lot out of this issue, but Batman fans, you know, the people who buy these comics, aren’t going to be too happy, or at least I wasn’t, and figure that those with similar tastes to my own won’t be either. In Detective Comics #954, Batman comes off as a bit of a fool…that’s right, I’m talking about
Sherlock Holmes Batman, the world’s greatest detective…
While I realize that Batman can’t always know what’s going on, or be two or three or seven steps ahead of the bad guys, I think that James Tynion missed the mark here, and to put it simply, I didn’t believe that Batman was, well, Batman. And seeing as though I picked up a Detective Comic, I’m not too happy.
I’m also not too happy with Marcio Takara’s artwork throughout the issue. At times, I was confused by what was going on and wished that there was some more clarity in terms of the action that Takara was trying to depict. Visually, this chapter was quite stagnant, and unfortunately, in an issue where there is some epic information being revealed, instead of epic fights being portrayed, the art has to do some heavy lifting to keep the book entertaining. And here, that just didn’t happen.