Title: Detective Comics (2016-) #988
Writer: James Robinson
Pencils: Stephen Segovia
Inks: Stephen Segovia
Colors: Ivan Plascencia
Publication Date: September 12, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: Kicking off an arc guest-written by James Robinson (writer of the Batman classics “Blades” and “Face the Face”) with art by rising star Stephen Segovia! It looks like the kind of murder case too ordinary to draw the attention of Batman…but once the World’s Greatest Detective gets involved, the identity of the victim completely unravels—and leads to a conspiracy among some of the Dark Knight’s strangest foes!
Fans of classic Batman stories, rejoice! The World’s Greatest Detective has gone back to basics and back to investigating crimes. Here, in Detective Comics #988, Batman is investigating a murder case, and while it seems like a straightforward homicide–so straightforward that Commissioner Gordon is surprised to see Batman taking part in the investigation–but clearly, there’s more to this murder than initially thought.
As much as I enjoy watching Batman save the Multiverse from total annihilation, seeing him investigate, and eventually solve, crimes thanks to doing some down-and-dirty detective work is what I enjoy most. Here, in Detective Comics #988, writer James Robinson takes over the reins and, in doing so, changes direction. While anything can happen, it appears as though Robinson intends on treating readers to new Batman stories that feel and read like the classics.
Detective Comics #988 moves at an impressive pace and is packed with action–sure, this investigation is going to blossom into something bigger and badder and more intense, but as of now, the story is straightforward and easy to swallow.
Stephen Segovia’s artwork is equally impressive and works to complement Robinson’s script. Batman, as well as all of the other characters found in this issue, looks great and feels authentic, and when the pace picks up and the action begins, Segovia shines. Segovia’s highly-detailed and dynamic style works very well here and elevates the book to the next level.
Detective Comics #988 is a must-read for Batman fans.
The Bottom Line:
Batman goes back to basics in Detective Comics #988 and returns, humbly, to being Gotham City’s greatest detective. Writer James Robinson takes over the reins here and does a fine job in creating a more traditional Batman story, so if you’ve had enough of the multiverse shattering events, or, just need a break from them, this one’s for you.