Detective Comics #1017 (Review)
Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Fernando Blanco
Colors by: John Kalisz
Letters by: Travis Lanham
Martha Wayne’s commitment to the orphans of Gotham will bring Bruce Wayne and Batman into a tragic case involving missing children.
A young man escapes from a local orphanage and Lucius Fox brings the case to Batman. He tells the Dark Knight that this case might actually benefit more from the intervention of Bruce Wayne than Batman. When a conversation with the director of the orphanage spurs more questions, Batman calls in some help to find the missing teen.
Batman and Robin team up with Robin looking for the young man and Batman dealing with the other threats to the city. When Damian finally finds the young man, it is a race against time to get him to the help that he needs and the dynamic duo will discover a secret that goes deeper than one missing teen.
This has all the makings of a well written thriller. Tom Taylor crafts a brilliant, self-contained story that is more personal than many of the recent stories involving the characters. The true crime element of the story is what makes it so compelling. There isn’t some costumed super-villain behind it all. There’s no supernatural component as far as we know. Batman and Robin are investigating true human evil and it is handled perfectly in this issue.
Blanco delivers some beautiful art in this issue. Everything pops off the page and the way the panels are laid out adds to the noir quality of this dark tale.