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COMIC REVIEW: FTN reviews Detective Comics #33

July 16th, 2014 by Irwin Fletcher Comments

Storytellers: Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul

Published by DC Comics

Batman is stuck in the middle of a pretty sticky situation. But who, exactly are all the players involved?

Maybe I shouldn’t do reviews for books of this creative team anymore. I love their work, and find that they are killing it month in and month out. It’s practically magical, the stuff they put onto these pages, both in art and words.

I’m really digging the characterization of people like Bullock. He’s sort of a secret favorite of mine that I think is swept under the rug a little bit. The way Buccellato and Manapul are making him into more than just a cranky, flat almost background character is incredibly admirable. The whole reveal about Holter and Annie was kind of quick and predictable, but I can appreciate it for what it is. This issue was a little jumpy, but also gave a lot more information about Bruce’s current case.

I will screech from rooftops until the day I die about this art. And ever since Mr. Manapul has been putting up short videos on Instagram about his process, I’ve been even more amazed by it. And the colors! The glowing wings on the second to last page and then that last spread of Batman’s punch! I’m still in awe of how it was done.

Ridiculously, incredibly talented, this whole team. And I’m really enjoying this story, along with the subtle family emotions each issue really seems to bring out.

4 out of 5 nerds

I'm an LA journalist who really lives for his profession. I have also published work as Jane Doe in various mags and newspapers across the globe. I normally write articles that can cause trouble but now I write for FTN because Nerds are never angry, so I feel safe.