Title: Detective Comics (2016-) #991 | Publisher: DC
Words: James Robinson | Art: Carmine Di Giandomenico
Publication Date: October 24, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: 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.
Two-Face teaming up with Batman and Jim Gordon isn’t all that farfetched considering prior to his accident, Harvey Dent worked well with Batman, and Jim Gordon in scraping some of the scum up from the streets of Gotham City. Here, in Detective Comics (2016-) #991, Two-Face’s motivation behind his recent actions becomes clear(er).
Writer James Robinson takes full advantage of the whole, Two-Face is a man torn in twain bit, and does so by separating Harvey Dent from his alter ego and giving each ‘face’ unique wants and motivations. To find out what these motivations are, you’ll have to to read the book, but know that the concept that sits at the center of this issue–the dividing of self–isn’t unique, but works nonetheless. From page to page, and panel to panel, Robinson’s writing works well, but, the pace of this series screeches to a halt, as most of this issues, consists of men standing around and talking to one another. These exchanges are valuable and entertaining, and work to progress the plot forward, but this action-less bout of exposition sacrifices some of the momentum earned in the previous issue.
Carmine Di Giandomenico’s artwork adds intensity to Robinson’s script and elevates the excitement level in what would otherwise be a relatively dry issue. Di Giandomenico’s close-ups are worthy of second and third looks; panels filled with faces are the most intense and, as one could guess, emotional. Thankfully, these panels shine because the issue’s overall lack of action could have been troublesome for an artist of a lower caliber.
The Bottom Line:
Filled mostly with scenes that feature characters standing around, having conversations, Detective Comics (2016-) #991 successfully sets up Issue #992, but sacrifices a great deal of momentum in order to do so. Regardless, the issue is well-crafted and worth reading.