Detective Comics (2016-) #1008 Review

Title: Detective Comics #1008
Publisher: DC
Words: Peter J. Tomasi
Art: Doug Mahnke
Published: July 24, 2019

Publisher’s Summary: The Joker returns to Gotham City! The Joker is through working with the Legion of Doom, and he wants to get back to his roots: giving Batman absolute hell! The Clown Prince of Crime comes back with a bang—and he’s not about to take prisoners! As if that weren’t enough, Lex Luthor delivers the cure for Mr. Freeze’s beloved wife, Nora, freeing her from cryo-stasis at last! But something else is very, very wrong with Nora…

Previous Reviews: Detective Comics #1007; Detective Comics #1006


“…don’t go biting Uncle Joker, ’cause Uncle Joker bites back.”

After his Multiverse-shaking run with Lex Luthor and the Legion of Doom, the Joker is back in Gotham City where he belongs. Since he’s spent so much time away, the Clown Prince of Crime has decided to make a grand reintroduction by hijacking an amusement park.

There’s not nearly enough depth to call this issue thought-provoking, and that is a good thing. As of late, superhero stories have been chock-full of subtext and commentary. Sure, this type of storytelling elevates the genre/medium, but too much of a good thing goes bad eventually. Thankfully, issues like Detective Comics #1008, remind us that reading comic books should be fun.

A good portion of this book sees the Joker touring readers around his hijacked amusement park; during these scenes, Peter Tomasi shows off his ability to craft fitting dialogue that reads authentically. Tomasi also exhibits his ability to generate–and maintain–momentum by quickly, and efficiently, infusing plots with a great deal of narrative tension.

With great detail, artist Doug Mahnke not only manages to immerse readers in this issue’s twisted, almost nightmarish, setting, but he also captures the fear and anxiety of the innocents that the Joker has taken captive. 

Detective Comics #1008 reads like a classic Batman/Joker story, and serves as an excellent reintroduction for the Clown Prince of Crime.

Bottom Line

Presented in Detective Comics #1008 is a classic Joker story that sees the Clown Prince of Crime testing the Dark Knight’s wits, making it clear that he is back in Gotham.

Detective Comics (2016-) #1008
Detective Comics (2016-) #1008 Review
The Bottom Line
Presented in Detective Comics #1008 is a classic Joker story that sees the Clown Prince of Crime testing the Dark Knight's wits, making it clear that he is back in Gotham.

Charlie Chipman
Charlie Chipman
The kind of guy who almost always ends his e-mails with, "Cheers," Charlie serves as Editor-in-Chief here at The Brazen Bull where he often reviews comic books and television shows. His favorite punctuation mark is the interrobang‽

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