Issue Detective Comics (2016-) #1029
Published October 27, 2020
Words Peter J. Tomasi
Art Kenneth Rocafort
Color Daniel Brown
Letters Rob Leigh
Publisher’s Summary After the City of Bane, the Riddler’s takeover, The Joker War, and more, the people of Gotham City have had enough. The world is changing for Bruce Wayne, and the question he must ask himself is: What role does the Batman have in a city that rejects him? As the year barrels forward into what will become a turning point for the Dark Knight, Batman must grapple with the very citizens he has sworn to protect…while a familiar face looms large as a new threat on the horizon: Damian Wayne!
“For far too long, so-called heroes have been allowed to run amok in the name of “protecting us”–when maybe the only thing they’re truly protecting is their own right to step out of the shadows and feed their empty souls with the spray of blood and the sound of screams.”
There’s a new villain in Gotham and he’s leading the charge to unmask the city’s heroes. Mirror claims to represent the citizens of Gotham but, given the city’s history of flawed leaders, I’m confident that it’s only a matter of time before Mirror’s true motives come to light. After all, how could a masked fellow honestly rally for the unmasking of the vigilantes that protect Gotham?
Already, I have doubts about Mirror’s staying power, although I am interested to learn about Gotham’s newest villain and, frankly, see what sort of damage he can cause before being taken down.
Peter J. Tomasi’s script is well-paced and makes for an interesting introduction to Gotham’s newest villain. With Mirror, Tomasi has piqued my interest and has given me good reason to come back for at least another issue. Any time a villain uses, or has a plan to use, Gotham’s citizens to take on their masked protectors, there’s bound to be an exciting twist or two along as the story unfolds.
Throughout the issue, Kenneth Rocafort’s artwork is sharp and highly-detailed; I especially like Mirror’s design. I was half-expecting a chrome-domed Destro-like villain, but Rocafort managed to create a character that visually much more interesting. Daniel Brown’s colors are, perhaps, more pivotal in the success of the character design than the line work, but both artists work complement one another’s.
Again, I’m looking forward to seeing the sort of damage the Mirror can do before being taken down.
The Bottom Line
Detective Comics (2016-) #1029 offers readers an exciting introduction to Gotham’s newest villain, the Mirror.