Detective Comics #981 Review

Detective Comics #981
DC Comics

Written by: James Tynion IV
Art by: Eddy Barrows
Inks by: Eber Ferriera
Colors by: Adriano Lucas
Release date: 5/23/18

It has come down to a final confrontation of ideologies and a clash of loyalties as Batwoman and Tim Drake’s future Batman have a meeting of the minds courtesy of Brother Eye. I’ve been looking forward to this confrontation since the beginning of the arc that set Tim against Kate. It has been an interesting journey seeing the two of them work around and with each other with the rest of the team, including Batman caught in the middle.

With Ulysses manipulating Tim, he doesn’t notice that someone else is working behind the scenes to stop him. Stephanie and Orphan have tapped into Brother Eye and are working to break everyone free from Ulysses control. What follows is an awesome splash page with Bruce taking on an army of Omacs and Cassandra taking her place as a member of the team. I like the dynamic between these two characters and would love for Cassandra to have an arc worthy of her character in the future.

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What I really enjoyed about this issue is that it really ended the way it should have. It was meant to be a confrontation between Tim and Kate. Their conflict needed to be personal and it gave both characters the opportunity to learn something more about the other as well as grow as characters. A worthy end.

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