Series: Detective Comics (2016-)
Published: February 26, 2020
Words: Peter J. Tomasi
Art: Brad Walker
Publisher’s Summary: As Gotham City continues its rise from the ashes of “City of Bane,” some familiar faces have returned to keep Gotham City exactly where they want it: Two-Face is back. But this time, he’s recruited some like-minded individuals to help him in his cause. With an elite team of split-personality special forces at his side, Two-Face and Batman square off in what could be their final battle, as a new ally arrives to help the Dark Knight…Harvey Dent?!
“Let me tell you something, boys. Gotham City is a werewolf. It’s people, facades, and towers present themselves one way during the day, another way at night. A city embracing, energetic and empathetic in the sun. A city fearful, anarchic, and indifferent in the dark.”
Two-Face is making his way through Gotham, and he’s leaving a trail of bodies in his wake. The Dark Knight is on the case and before long, after some digging, it becomes clear that something dark is brewing in the city’s shadows.
Although there is enough action and dramatic tension to keep readers flipping pages, the purpose of Detective Comics #1020 is to set the stage and prep readers for what’s still to come. Throughout the issue, starting with the first page, Peter Tomasi expertly lures readers to the heart of his story, making it clear that the tale at hand will be an unforgettable one.
From page to page, Tomasi’s writing is sharp; I especially like the comparison that he makes between Gotham City and a werewolf, as the image his language conjures is a fitting one.
Artist Brad Walker’s illustrations of Two-Face are stunning; his Batman is fine, too, but the detail that Walker packs into the villain’s scarred half makes for an exciting, yet stomach churning, reading experience. Be sure to take a second or third look at the gorgeous two-page spread that precedes this issue’s final page.
Speaking of final pages, this one gives readers good reason to become excited, eager to continue what promises to be an epic Two-Face focused story.
This introductory chapter promises an exciting Two-Face tale, still to come; a must-read for Bat-fans.