Detective Comics #1024 is living proof that sometimes it takes a little work to unmake what came before it. Similar to the last issue, artist Brad Walker and inkers Andrew Hennessy and Norm Rapmund are drawing the best Batman at DC Comics right now and this issue is more proof of that. But the heavy lift of this issue is resetting Two-Face after he was shot in the head during “City of Bane” and needs to be fixed as his duality is gone and one side can take over for the other. Can Batman do it? Of course, he’s Batman!
This issue starts with a massive setup featuring a bunch of Court of Owls assassins, Two-Face in the Batbot costume, and Joker watching as all of this was his plan. Like any good shootout, writer Peter J. Tamasi has all the characters throw down and fight their way to victory. This involves Two-Face’s cult followers as well as literal owls flying around and gouging out eyes. It’s chaotic and fun.
As things play out, Batman is forced to pull off a hard task to save his friend Harvey Dent and Joker loves every minute of it. At one point he loses video but says he still has audio and, “it’ll be the world’s most interesting podcast.” His manic energy helps amp up the action as he views from afar. It all comes together into a popcorn-fun kind of action fest.
The art by Walker, Hennessy, Norm Rapmund, and colors by Brad Anderson continues to be incredible. There’s a dynamic range to the art that gives everything a 3D quality, yet it maintains a clean feel. I’d compare it to Frank Quitely as far as depth, but Quitely is less clean and litters his art with little sketchy details. If you were to sum up Walker’s art and style as a car, it’d be an Aston Martin.
This is a good action-heavy finale to the Two-Face cult story arc. If you’re looking for bombastic action, you’ll find it here in a slick package.