Detective Comics (2016-) #1014 Review

Comic Book Info

Series: Detective Comics (2016-)
Issue: #1014
Publisher: DC
Published: October 23, 2019

Story & Words: Peter J. Tomasi
Penciller: Doug Mahnke
Inkers: Christian Alamy, Mark Irwin & Doug Mahnke
Colorist: David Baron
Letterer: Rob Leigh

Publisher’s Summary: Nora Fries has been the apple of Mr. Freeze’s eye for a long time. For years he has toiled and suffered to try and cure her of her ailments, and bring back the life they had together. He has finally done it, but will Nora Fries be the same person she was when she was frozen? Or is there something broken that can’t be fixed?


Mr. Freeze has been provided the means to permanently alter his physiology and, in the process of doing so, render his cooling suit obsolete; while this life-altering change has great meaning for him, it means even more for the love of his life, Nora Fries, who he’s kept frozen in time, in a state of suspended animation.

Whenever a story provides me with the opportunity to side with a villain, thanks to fully understanding their motivations, I become much more interested and invested in whatever it is that I am reading. Too often, in comics featuring caped protagonists, especially, villains are one-dimensional and fueled by outlandish motivations. What Peter J. Tomasi is presenting, here in Detective Comics #1014 is something entirely different. Rather than just understand Mr. Freeze, I find myself siding with him…for now, at least.

Tomasi and Doug Mahnke create several great moments throughout the issue, but I am especially fond of the quieter and more dramatic moments shared between Mr. Freeze and Nora as they are what inspire my emotional investment in this story.

On the cover of this issue, the question is asked: Is Gotham ready for Mrs. Freeze? Now, while answering this question doesn’t provide much of a spoiler, the question itself some what does…still, the last moments of this book are incredibly exciting and fulfilling.

Bottom Line

Offering a chilling and though-provoking look at Mr. Freeze and co., Detective Comics #1014 is an exciting, must-read issue.

Bottom Line
Offering a chilling and though-provoking look at Mr. Freeze and co., Detective Comics #1014 is an exciting, must-read issue.

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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