Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Penciler: Brad Walker
Inker: Andrew Hennessy
Colorist: Nathan Fairbairn
Letterer: Rob Leigh
I mentioned the finale of Detective Comics #1000, was little more than a teaser to bring casual readers back for issue #1001. Well, it must have worked, because here I am. Not exactly eager, but cautiously curious as only a long time non-Bat-reader can be.
The story opens with Commissioner Gordon making a phone call from a playground littered with hundreds of dead bats. The news doesn’t surprise Batman, as the same thing seems to have occurred in the Bat-Cave. Seeking help to find answers, he makes a visit to Francine Langstrom, scientist and wife of Kurt Langstrom, aka Man-Bat who has been away working with the Justice League (Dark). Even though she had only used the Man-Bat serum once, Batman finds Dr. Langstrom being driven mad by aural hallucinations that drive her to inject herself and again become She-Bat. After a brief chase across Gotham, Batman is able to subdue her (amidst another colony of dead bats) when an explosion in the sky creates a self sustaining mini-sun over the city.
As the night is forced into artificial daylight, Batman is attacked by a group of disciplined, modern, knights. The story concludes with the ominous line form their leader, “It’s time for the shadows to start running from themselves.”
The pacing on this issue felt very odd. The whole issue seems short, and both sections of the story seemed rushed. The She-Bat section seemed like a great detective story in the making, but so far the knights feel like just another cult of odd zealots that seem to permeate Gotham City. I’m not sure this will be enough to hold as many new/returning readers as it could have, and that is honestly a shame.
I don’t think I can justify giving this more than 3 out of 5 stars, and no one is more disappointed by that than me.