Title: Detective Comics (2016-) #982
Words: Michael Moreci
Art: Sebastian Fiumara
Colors: Dave Stewart
Letters: Clem Robins
Publication Date: June 13, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “ON THE OUTSIDE” part one! Duke Thomas. Cassandra Cain. They and other young heroes don’t intend to stand down, no matter what Batman thinks is best. Who can Batman trust to guide them? They need a teacher…and Black Lightning fits the bill!
“The thought sends a shiver up my spine…as I know this is even more dangerous than I thought.”
Please ignore the publisher’s summary for this issue; I’ve included what’s listed, but I assure you that it does not at all describe what happens in this issue. And while Black Lightning doesn’t make an appearance in this issue the devilish cult leader Deacon Blackfire certainly does.
Detective Comics (2016-) #982 takes place mostly beneath Gotham City in the sewers where, yet again, though this time from beyond the grave, Deacon Blackfire has assembled a following of Gotham’s lost and forgotten souls. Blackfire, who exists only as long as there are people believing in him, has convinced a large group that Gotham City is cursed and that not even Batman can save them.
Regardless of whether anything will come out of Deacon Blackfire’s return or the events that transpire in this issue, Detective Comics (2016-) #982 is a strong stand-alone story that provokes thought by examining the power of belief, misplaced and otherwise. Writer Michael Moreci does a fine job in producing an issue that is intense and well-paced and by including Deacon Blackfire in a new tale; Moreci adds interest and value to what would otherwise by a familiar story about Batman’s inner struggles.
Artist Sebastian Fiumara’s illustrations are gritty and bold and fit well, when accented by Dave Stewart’s colorwork, in a subterranean setting. I especially enjoyed Fiumara’s chilling portrayal of Deacon Blackfire as well as the layer of ‘filth’ that his illustrations added to almost every scene in the book.
The Bottom Line:
Detective Comics (2016-) #982 is a strong stand-alone story that provokes thought by examining the power of belief, misplaced and otherwise.