Staying true to the form established by its predecessor, Action Comics #1000, Detective Comics #1000 is a celebratory anthology that honors and pays tribute to the rich history of Batman, a pop-cultural icon; and, while this issue’s honoree may not have been the first superhero, he is certainly one of the greatest,1 cowl-donning vigilantes to ever grace the pages of a comic book.
From the publisher:
“After 80 years, it’s here-the 1,000th issue of DETECTIVE COMICS, the title that literally defines DC! This 96-page issue is stacked with an unbelievable lineup of talent that will take you on a journey through Batman’s past, present and future…plus a sensational epilogue that features the first-ever DC Universe appearance of the deadly Arkham Knight! But who is under the mask? And why do they want Batman dead? The incredible future of Batman adventures begins here!”
Teeming with talent
Throughout the last eighty years, many artists and writers have collaborated in order to produce the Batman tales that we fans hold so dear in our hearts, so it only makes sense that this anthology feature a collection of DC’s finest creators. From Scott Snyder, to Paul Dini, to Kevin Smith, Detective Comics (2016-) #1000 not only teems with talent, but it also features stories from wordsmiths who really get the Dark Knight–wordsmiths who are passionate about creating stories that live up to the character’s iconic legacy as well as the impressive work of all of their predecessors.
The artists assembled to work on this anthology have styles that are vastly different from one another; however, all of them manage to capture the Caped Crusader’s essence and complement their creative teammates’ scripts. Art is subjective, but some favorites of mine from this issue come from: Doug Mahnke, Tony S. Daniel, Kelley Jones, Alex Maleev, and, of course, Jim Lee.
Beginnings and Endings
Detective Comics #1000 opens and closes on positive notes; Scott Snyder’s opening story is a celebration of Batman and immediately sets the tone for what’s to come while Peter J. Tomasi’s closer leaves fans eager to continue reading–eager to dive into the new age of Detective Comics. Both stories are well-crafted and successfully frame, and complement, the stories that are stationed between them. And, although I was left wanting more from this issue’s epilogue (the Peter J. Tomasi story) that was the point, and I cannot fault it for conjuring intrigue.
As one would expect, some stories work much better than others, but overall, as a celebratory anthology, Detective Comics (2016-) #1000 works very well; there’s something here for everyone.
1For this pop-culturist and comic book enthusiast, Batman is the greatest.
The Bottom Line
Detective Comics #1000 is a celebratory anthology that honors and pays tribute to the rich history of Batman, a pop-cultural icon; a worthwhile read for all, and a must-have for fans and long-time readers.