Title: Detective Comics (2016-) #998
Words: Peter J. Tomasi
Art: Doug Mahnke
Publication Date: February 13, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: Batman’s tried everything on Earth to stop the menace hunting his friends and family…now it’s time to turn to things not of this Earth! In the past, whenever Batman’s encountered the supernatural, he’s turned to Jason Blood for guidance—and to Etrigan, the demonic entity living inside him! But securing their help is never simple, and what Blood has to show him will shake Batman to his core!
Although Batman believed that he was close to closing the case, having followed a trail that led from the beasts hunting his mentors to Hugo Strange’s doorstep, it quickly becomes apparent that the Dark Knight is no closer to the truth than when he started. And there’s demons…
The one-thousandth issue of Detective Comics draws nearer, and as it does, building and maintaining momentum becomes increasingly more important. Thanks to a well-paced script crafted by Peter J. Tomasi, Detective Comics (2016-) #998 builds anticipation while simultaneously delivering enough action and entertainment to keep readers satisfied. Doug Mahnke’s illustrations are equally impressive; his skills shine most during the Batman v. Demon scene where hits can be felt, and the smell of scorched earth hangs in the air.
The Bottom Line:
Peter J. Tomasi continues to build momentum as the one-thousandth issue of Detective Comics draws nearer, and, thanks to a well-paced script and stunning illustrations, Detective Comics (2016-) #998 offers an exciting and enjoyable reading experience.