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COMIC REVIEW: FTN reviews Detective Comics #31

May 10th, 2014 by Sarah Barclay Comments

Story by Francis Manapul & Brian Buccellato

Published by DC Comics

Bruce has quite a to-do list! Catch Elena’s murderer and stop a major drug from hitting the streets – easy-peasy, right?

I have to say, this one wasn’t as flashy or exciting as Detective Comics 30, but that doesn’t mean it was any less good. It carried on the story, and had some brilliant art to boot. It was a little jumpy to me, though and maybe a little rushed? I felt the whole bit with the congressman at the graveyard should have been explored a little bit more, but I’m also really enjoying the focus on Bruce as Bruce, and not spending the whole issue in the cowl.

This creative team continues to blow me away with their art. While very capable and fantastic writers, their layouts and inks and colors and stand-out panels are the number one thing I look forward to every issue. And I think they win the totally-not-real award for hottest Bruce Wayne. I’m just saying.

So while potentially not as fast-paced as the first chapter of this story, I find this title still in the most capable creative team it could have. Not only do they carry the story nicely, but they continue to add to the mystery. What’s going on with Elena’s daughter anyway?

4 out of 5 nerds


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Self proclaimed as hilarious, Sarah is a strange mixture of weird human and sports fan. Hailing from Pittsburgh, PA (but currently studying photography in Ohio) she spends most of her time running into tables and tripping over herself while waiting for a TARDIS to show up in the courtyard. If not in a tree or receiving medical attention, she can be found on the tweeter-box (@alfredthebatcat) ranting about ice hockey, baseball or her undying love of Dick Grayson.