Detective Comics #966
By James Tynion IV, Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira and Adriano Lucas
This is the story arc fans of Tim Drake have been waiting for. An old fashioned prison break featuring arguably the smartest Robin to don the outfit. What makes this a little bit more interesting is the fact that Tim is teaming up with the alternate Tim Drake Batman from all the way back in Geoff Johns Teen Titans days and they’re fighting Doomsday. Tim has been out of the bat books for a while, but this arc should hopefully give his patient fans everything they expected and more.
James Tynion IV is a Tim Drake fan, so this seems like a dream arc for him. The opening of this issue, which features alternate Batman Drake and Anarky, shows us how good of a job Tynion IV has been doing laying the ground work for this series. Aside from planting seeds with Anarky several issues ago, he also really turned back the clock and brought in Alternate Batman Drake, which has been a long forgotten character. In the opening pages, Tynion IV shows us how and why this alternate version of Tim is the way he is. As we move on to the present, The Tim’s defense against Doomsday show readers why He is such a formidable foe. Tynion IV allows us to see that Tim is very similar to Batman and that the brain truly is one of the most powerful weapons a hero can have. If there is one small gripe, and this is a nitpick, it’s that at certain points the issue can be too wordy. Having said that, this was an amazingly fun book to read and Tim Drake fans will be thrilled with it.
The pencils this issue are handled by Eddy Barrow with inks by Eber Ferreira and colors by Adriano Lucas. Eddy Barrows is the kind of artist that should excite you when you see his name attached to a book. His style is clean, which is helped by the inks of Eber Ferreira, and just looks good all around. A full page image of Doomsday attacking both Tim Drake’s should be all the proof you need that Barrows is a superstar. The different looks on each of their faces and the menacing look on Doomsday is just excellent. You would honestly be hard pressed to find a badly drawn panel in this book. Barrows just crushes the art this issue. Equally as important to Barrows pencils are the colors laid down by Adriano Lucas. He does a great job of giving us a moody issue color wise, but he also uses some amazingly vibrant colors when need be. An example of this would be when both Tim’s get zapped into another time, The vibrant green used by Lucas draws your eye to the panel, it’s almost tantalizing.
Detective Comics has sort of been in the shadow of other bat related books, but this arc has been fantastic. James Tynion IV has put together two good and interesting issues to kick this arc off. You couldn’t have asked for a better job on art duties than the team that was on display here. Detective comics is a breath of fresh air.