Title: Batman: Detective Comics #1000.
Writer(s): Scott Snyder, Kevin Smith, Paul Dini, Warren Ellis, Denny O’Neil, Christopher Priest, Brian Michael Bendis, Geoff Johns, James Tynion IV, Tom King & Peter J. Tomasi.
Penciller(s): Greg Capullo, Jim Lee, Dustin Nguyen, Becky Cloonan, Steve Epting, Neal Adams, Alex Maleev, Kelley Jones, Alvaro Martínez Bueno, Tony S. Daniel, Joëlle Jones & Doug Mahnke.
Inker(s): Jonathan Glapion, Scott Williams, Derek Fridolfs, Raul Fernandez, Jaime Mendoza & Doug Mahnke.
Colourist(s): Fco Plascencia, Alex Sinclair, Johnn Kalisz, Jordie Bellaire, Elizabeth Breitweiser, Dave Stewart, Alex Maleev, Michelle Madsen, Brad Anderson, Tomeu Morey & David Baron.
Letterer(s): Tom Napolitano, Todd Klein, Steve Wands, Simon Bowland, Andworld Design, Willie Schubert, Josh Reed, Rob Leigh, Sal Cipriano & Clayton Cowles.
Publisher: DC Comics.
Format: Hardcover – Deluxe Edition.
Release Date: June 18th 2019.
Genre(s): Comics, Science-Fiction.
My Overall Rating: ★★★★★.
With last year marking the 80th anniversary of Superman, coinciding with the release of its 1000th issue, it was only a matter of time before another iconic superhero saw his birthday celebrated with the same enthusiasm—if not more—by fans all around the world: Batman. A similar 80th-anniversary commemorative collection was then released earlier in the year and saw us counting down the days until the original Detective Comics series—the same comic book series that gave us the DC Comics brand—slowly but surely reached its 1000th issue milestone. Inevitably, this issue was not to be a disappointment in any shape or form. Batman has changed the lives of many with his heroism, his resolve, and his history. What he represents is far greater than an idea and his impact on people is bound to be remembered throughout countless generations to come.
What is Batman: Detective Comics #1000 about? This special issue invites an incredible line-up of talented creative teams (writers and artists) to deliver short stories featuring the Dark Knight. These adventures take a look at the hero’s legacy by highlighting his detective skills or by visiting his archnemesis and family members for us to see how Batman is perceived by others. From writers like Scott Snyder and Geoff Johns to artists like Greg Capullo and Jim Lee, this stunning deluxe edition elevates the quality of this landmark issue and also incorporates a collection of various variant covers that were released by talented artists to celebrate this historical issue in all of its glory and beauty.
This special issue was delightful for all the right reasons. The lineup of talent brought on this project couldn’t have been better as they knew how to showcase the World’s Greatest Detective’s best traits in all the right angles and colours. While some of the stories explored his detective skills—although sometimes the mysteries were in fact quite obvious, linear or accelerated, with some plotting shortcuts—others looked into highlighting the hero’s influence on others, whether they are vigilantes or villains. It’s even more impressive when you look at how much love is shown to this hero in the most subtle ways possible, through his relationships with others and through his mannerism as the guardian of Gotham. After all, the sacrifices he has had to make for the people of his city can’t be overlooked, especially when you know that his life was essentially the result of a tragedy that forged his destiny as the Caped Crusader.
To accompany the fantastic stories that were presented in this special issue are some of the best artwork at DC Comics. This issue doesn’t just invite us to go down a trip through memory lane as we see various different Batman costumes, shapes and forms. It’s also a look at how every creator envisions the hero and how the Dark Knight still manages to create fear in anyone and everyone, while looking to save the world from the lurking villainy in the streets of Gotham. The colours are also incredible, vibrant and mesmerizing. This landmark issue simply does everything perfectly to ultimately deliver an entertaining read that reminds us exactly why Batman is such a fascinating character with the best lore in the game. The collection of variant covers at the end of this volume also offers some of the best pin-ups possible, showcasing incredible artistic talents.
Batman: Detective Comics #1000 is a phenomenal landmark issue with artwork that leaps from the pages, stories that glide through Batman’s rogue gallery and ideas that pack a punch.
Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for sending me a copy for review!
P.S. On the 21st of September, 2019, fans all around the world celebrated Batman Day (and his 80th anniversary) with some cities lighting up the Bat-Signal!
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