Detective Comics Vol. 12: Greetings From Gotham

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi Artist: Christian Duce, Kyle Hotz Publisher: DC Comics Trade Paperback: May 20, 2020 Issues: 6, Issue Reviews: 297
8.1Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

Detective Jim Corrigan has been shot on the streets of Gotham City-and the Spectre must reach out to Batman to help him find the assassin! There's only one life Batman would be willing to risk saving Jim Corrigan and the Spectre: his own! Plus, Deadshot returns to Gotham City following his stint with the Suicide Squad, and Batman fears that without the oversight of Amanda Waller, Floyd Lawton will go back to his old ways. Collects Detective Comics #1006-1011.

  • 9.0

    Since Peter Tomasi took the helm as writer Detective Comics have been better than in years. For the first time in a long time I've found myself eagerly anticipating the next issue of a Batman title. This volume contains 3 adventures, 2 of which became instant favorites for me.
    First is a story featuring the Spectre and a cult who stole his image. It's alright, but alone I'd rate it a 6.5 at most.
    Then the single part "Greetings from Gotham" which gave me kind of the Joker story I've missed. It's also full of humor. The Joker offers a kid a cookie; Batman crumbles it. Batman is forced to ride the bumper cars and ferris wheel with the Joker, and something you never expected to see-Batman and the Joker going into the tunnel of love together. It reminds me of the Joker stories from the '70s and '80s that show how one of the Joker's best choices for a battlefield is an amusement park, crowded or abandoned (How many amusement parks does Gotham have anyway?).
    Finally a 3-parter that pits Batman against Deadshot in the jungle with Lucius Fox and a group of execs held captive. The stranded soldiers who learned to put their differences aside and survive for 3/4 of a century were also an interesting twist. Tomasi gives Lucius Fox a lot of the personality that makes it easy to understand why Bruce trusts him so much. He also shows that ability to wrap up a story and not make it lead to the next bigger one, then the next even bigger one after that. Like how the Mr. Freeze appearances were just a side story having nothing to do with the main ones.
    All-in-all, This collection alone has some of the best issues in Tomasi's run yet. I hope he stays in Batman books for a long time.

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