A Detective Comics #1066 Micro-Review – Mixing It Up

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Detective Comics 1066, cover, November 2022, Evan CagleTITLE: Detective Comics #1066
AUTHORS: Ram V, Simon Spurrier
ARTISTS:
Ivan Reis, Hayden Sherman, Danny Miki (Inker), Dave Stewart (Colorist), Nick Filardi (Colorist), Ariana Maher (Letterer), Steve Wands (Letterer). Cover by Evan Cagle.

RELEASED: November 22, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

These days, Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock have their own detective. I dig that because, as we’ve seen a bit in recent issues of Detective, it allows Gordon to have his boots on the ground a little more and mix it up alongside Batman.

They’re doing something a little weird with Two-Face here. The character’s good side is in control, but he’s pretending the bad side is in control. All the while, the bad side is talking to Harvey Dent via his inner monologue. It’s a little twisted up, but interesting if you can follow along.

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A Detective Comics #1065 Micro-Review – Downright Trippy

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Detective Comics 1065, cover, 2022, Evan CagleTITLE: Detective Comics #1065
AUTHORS: Ram V, Simon Spurrier
ARTISTS:
Rafael Albuquerque, Hayden Sherman, Dave Stewart (Colorist), Nick Filardi (Colorist), Ariana Maher (Letterer). Steve Wands (Letterer). Cover by Evan Cagle.

RELEASED: October 25, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

There’s a moment in this issue where Jim Gordon is with a vulnerable Batman, and it’s suggested that he take Batman’s mask off. He replies that he thinks he knows who’s under there, but he doesn’t want to know. I loved that. That’s perfect. That’s the philosophy Gordon should have as it relates to Batman.

I was excited to see Hayden Sherman’s name on the back-up for this issue. He’s been doing great work at IDW and Image recently. Sherman and Nick Filardi give us a Two-Face story that gets downright trippy.

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A Detective Comics #1063 Micro-Review – Digging Up the Maestro

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Detective Comics 1063, cover, 2022, Evan CagleTITLE: Detective Comics #1063
AUTHORS: Ram V, Simon Spurrier
ARTISTS:
Rafael Albuquerque, Dani, Dave Stewart (Colorist), Ariana Maher (Letterer), Steve Wands (Letterer). Cover by Evan Cagle.
RELEASED:
August 23, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue digs up a Batman villain that even I’d never heard of: Payne Cardine, a.k.a. the Maestro. I wouldn’t mind seeing Ram V and Albuquerque do more with him.

I’m assuming the mask we see Harvey Dent/Two-Face wear in this issue is a Ram V/Albuquerque creation? I certainly haven’t seen it before. It fits with the gothic, operatic aesthetic they’re going with.

These Jim Gordon back-ups definitely put the detective in Detective Comics. It’s got that grim, gritty, pulpy, noir flavor that’s very much in sync with Batman’s world.

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A Detective Comics #1062 Micro-Review – Going Goth

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TITLE: Detective Comics #1062
AUTHORS: Ram V, Simon Spurrier
ARTISTS:
Rafael Albuquerque, Dani, Dave Stewart (Colorist), Ariana Maher (Letterer), Steve Wands (Letterer). Cover by Evan Cagle.
RELEASED:
July 26, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Detective is embracing Batman’s gothic side with this story. Compared to last issue, much of this one is measurably darker. The texture is a little bit scratchier. We’ve got a very gothic looking opera scene, complete with a demon. It’s too early to judge the story. But it’s a way to go.

Our back-up story stars Jim Gordon. Between this, and what James Tynion IV had him doing over in The Joker, I’m really digging him in the detective role. It allows him to get his hands dirty in a way he often couldn’t as the commissioner.

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The Joker #15 Micro-Review – The Last Laugh (Get It…?)

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The Joker 15, variant cover, 2022, Brian BollandTITLE: The Joker #15
AUTHORS: James Tynion IV, Sam Johns
ARTISTS:
Giuseppe Camuncoli, Sweeny Boo, Cam Smith & Lorenzo Ruggiero (Inkers), Arif Prianto (Colorist), Tom Napolitano (Letterer), Becca Carey (Letterer). Variant cover by Brian Bolland.

RELEASED: July 5, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Epic variant cover by the always amazing Brian Bolland.

This being the final issue of The Joker, I can safely say that this book overachieved. Tynion kept the title character’s mystique alive, while telling a story that was as much about Jim Gordon as the Joker. Granted, he did get a little exposition and dialogue heavy in this last issue. And the ending is predictable. But still, a well crafted story and an enjoyable series.

Still no interest in Punchline, or her back-up stories.

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A Joker #14 Micro-Review – Damage and Legacy

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The Joker 14, cover, 2022, Guillem MarchTITLE: The Joker #14
AUTHOR: James Tynion IV, Alex Pahnadel
ARTISTS:
Giuseppe Camuncoli, Vasco Georgiev, Cam Smith (Inker). Cover by Guillem March & Prianto.
COLORISTS: Arif Prianto, Rain Beredo 
LETTERERS:
Tom Napolitano, Becca Carey

RELEASED: April 26, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

We’re 14 issues in, and I still don’t care about these Punchline back-ups. Maybe they’re better if you read them all in one hit…?

Giuseppe Camuncoli draws a hell of a Bane. Just sayin’.

It continues to impress me how far Tynion has taken this Joker book with such a relatively low amount of emphasis on the Joker himself. It’s less about the character, and more about the damage and legacy he leaves in his wake.

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The Joker #9 Micro-Review – A Funhouse of Ideas

TITLE: The Joker #9
AUTHORS: James Tynion IV, Sam Johns
ARTISTS: Stefano Raffaele, Rosi Kampe, Romulo Fajardo Jr. (Colorist), Marissa Louise (Colorist), Tom Napolitano (Letterer) Ariana Maher (Letterer). Cover by Guillem March & Arif Prianto.
RELEASED: November 9, 2021

The scope of this story has widened significantly. Beyond Joker and Gordon, we’ve now got Vengeance (i.e. Lady Bane), a bizarre cloning facility, the Court of Owls, and more. It’s clear Tynion has a lot of ideas here. I just hope he gets a chance to explore them all to their fullest.

Is it weird that after last issue I wanted Gordon and Vengeance to have a fling? Yes. I’m going to say yes it is weird. But you certainly wouldn’t have seen it coming.

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A Joker #3 Micro-Review – Wrong Turns

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

TITLE: The Joker #3
AUTHOR: James Tynion IV, Sam Johns
ARTISTS: Guillem March, Mirka Andolfo, Arif Prianto (Colorist), Romulo Fajardo Jr., Tom Napolitano (Letterer). Variant cover by Gary Frank.
RELEASED: May 11, 2021

The main story in Joker takes a couple of turns in issue #3 that I’m not too fond of at first glance. The first is that it rehashes The Killing Joke, which is a trick that’s beyond tired at this point. The second is bringing Jim Gordon and the Joker together too soon. I was hoping to see the Gordon’s manhunt continue for another one or two issues.

Still, the book is still on track. And there is plenty of intrigue in the Jim Gordon and Joker team-up we’re about to see…

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Weekly Comic 100s: The Joker #2

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

TITLE: The Joker #2
AUTHOR: James Tynion IV, Sam Johns
ARTISTS: Guillem March, Mirka Andolfo, Arif Prianto (Colorist), Romulo Fajardo Jr., (Colorist), Tom Napolitano (Letterer) Ariana Maher (Letterer). Cover by March & Tomeu Morey.
RELEASED: April 13, 2021

In two issues, The Joker has become the most interesting thing James Tynion IV is writing right now. It’s more interesting than his Batman run. I say that despite not really caring much about Punchline’s back-up feature.

Last time I compared this book to Mindhunter. But because of the Gotham City influence, these first two issues have also felt a little like Gotham Central. And God help me, it just occurred to me that book came out almost 20 years ago.

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Weekly Comic 100s: The Joker #1

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

TITLE: The Joker #1
AUTHORS: James Tynion IV, Sam Johns
ARTISTS: Guillem March, Arif Prianto (Colorist), Tom Napolitano (Letterer), Mirka Andolfo, Romulo Fajardo Jr. (Colorist), Ariana Maher (Letterer)
RELEASED: March 9, 2021

It looks like they’re going for a Mindhunter sort of vibe here, with Jim Gordon hunting down the Joker. That’s a pleasant surprise, as I came in thinking this was going to be a more traditional series following the Joker. This idea with Gordon actually has a hell of a lot of potential.

Meanwhile, the Punchline series features a character we haven’t seen in awhile: Harper Row, a.k.a. Bluebird. I’m intrigued to see how she stacks up against Punchline. Though considering how hard DC has pushed Punchline, I don’t necessarily like her chances…

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