Detective Comics #1035 Review

Writer: Mariko Tamaki

Art: Dan Mora, Jordie Bellaire, Aditya Bidikar

backup story art by CLAYTON HENRY

card stock variant cover by LEE BERMEJO

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Could a backup story actually be better than the main story? Maybe, or maybe not! But what we do get in Detective Comics #1035 is two great stories! Let’s jump in the Bat-mobile and head to Gotham and check it out!

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Whether the intention was there or not, Detective Comics has become more a Batman-centered book, while the actual Batman comic book is becoming more the Bat-Family type book, and I couldn’t be happier! Things get rolling right away Bruce underground in what must be a massive number of “micro-caves” to be numbered 7A!!

Batman finds himself in the middle of an actual Detective story! Mariko Tamaki’s take on Detective Comics has a real street-level grittiness to it. Or should I say “below” street level? Bruce feels like he’s a real person, or if nothing else a more normal person. A Daredevil vibe, if I dare say…

We get information from the computers, clues, and actual detective work!

Throw in some political drama, and a rather intimidating and cleverly named new villain, which our cover shows, and we’ve got quite a part two of Tamaki’s first story arc!

Backup Story:

Tamaki turns in one heck of a story in the Huntress backup. Being the backup, it’s shorter in length but what we get is a quick, thought-provoking, sad story. It’s extremely well done.


Art and colors by Dan Mora and Jordie Bellaire steal the show though even in an extremely well-written book. Full-page spreads, incredible light effects galore!

This issue really shows that nighttime in Gotham in itself is a bit intimidating!

Lee Bermejo gives us his usual outstanding variant cover as well!

Final Thoughts:

It’s very hard for this reviewer to find very much at all to complain about in this issue. So I won’t! Detective Comics gives readers a very different option than the Batman book. That variety is very appealing when well done, and two issues in Mariko Tamaki is passing with flying colors! Can’t wait for the next issue!


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