Title: Detective Comics (2016-) #990
Words: James Robinson
Art: Stephen Segovia
Published: October 10, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: Batman is hot on the trail of a murder suspect, but first he’ll have to get past Two-Face. Even though Harvey Dent seems to be asserting control, how long before he becomes a sociopathic criminal once again? More importantly, what is Dent’s connection to the victim, and what does it all have to do with the terrorist organization of slithering serpents called Kobra?! Whatever it is, it’s big enough to reunite Jim Gordon and former district attorney Harvey Dent, and that meeting alone is worth the cover price. Batman’s newest partner…Two-Face? As Harvey Dent’s persona asserts fragile control over the villain’s psyche, the Dark Knight, Commissioner Gordon and their ally-turned-enemy-turned-ally must work together to stop Kobra’s terrorist attack against Gotham City
There’s been more players than usual taking part in the nightly ‘Cat & Mouse’ games that Batman hosts in Gotham City, and here, more are introduced, and as they are, there becomes a needs for some of Gotham’s existing players to change sides.
Okay, so Two-Face hasn’t officially teamed up with the Dark Knight, but his relationship with Bats and Jim Gordon has gotten grey. Regardless, this Two-Face-centric issue is impressive. Writer James Robinson’s script is paced at a speed that falls just short of break-neck, and his dialogue work is sharp and telling.
And while Robinson’s script is impressive enough to warrant a singing review, Stephen Segovia’s artwork is amazing.
The page posted above this paragraph opens the issue and immediately tells readers that their in for a visual treat. Segovia packs an incredible amount of detail into every panel, and overall, it is this attention to detail that makes Detective Comics (2016-) #990 work so well. When reading this issue, take the extra time to go over each page and admire Segovia’s illustrations; pages like the one posted above justify the price of admission.
This issue is exciting, yes, but it’s clear that best is yet to come.
The Bottom Line:
As it is teased in the publisher’s summary, it appears as though Two-Face has ‘teamed up’ with the Dark Knight for the time being in order to face a greater evil that threatens Gotham City. But, things are never as they appear, are they? Detective Comics (2016-) #990 is a solid issue that wastes no time getting started, and immediately generates interest for future issues.