A Showdown In The Park In Detective Comics #1002

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
The Arkham Knight and his followers have downed the Batman in the middle of Gotham Park. The Caped Crusader is wounded, broken, and vulnerable. Thankfully, the GCPD interfere on the Batman’s behalf, but the result is a dangerous shootout between the police and Arkham Knights allies. Batman and the Arkham Knight, surprisingly, agree to a mutual retreat before more blood his shed. The Bat goes back to his cave to recover, leaving Robin to go out and look for more leads on the Arkham Knight, his mission, and the “Day Bomb” he detonated above Gotham City.

Detective Comics #1002 cover by Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy, and Nathan Fairbairn
Detective Comics #1002 cover by Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy, and Nathan Fairbairn

Detective Comics #1002 continues the debut story of the Arkham Knight in DC Comics. He has his sights set on Batman as the most dangerous and disruptive element in Gotham City, and the Knight is willing to do whatever it takes to bring the Batman down.
The majority of the comic is the standoff in Gotham Park, with Batman having to act quickly to both save himself and the bystanders. The Arkham Knight seems to have concern for innocents as well, which is the only thing that stops it all from becoming a bloodbath.
A fair amount of the comic is dedicated to Robin’s mission though, and it leads to some surprising revelations about the Arkham Knight and the identity of his allies.
There is a great interaction between Batman and Commissioner Gordon in this issue too.
Detective Comics #1002 art by Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy, Nathan Fairbairn, and letterer Rob Leigh
Detective Comics #1002 art by Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy, Nathan Fairbairn, and letterer Rob Leigh

Brad Walker has a very unique style when it comes to rendering the Batman. Notably, the eyes receive a lot more focus and detail than usual, and it makes the Dark Knight look a bit more wild and crazed–which I actually dig. The Arkham Knight looks great as well. It all receives a big boost from the solid inkwork of Andrew Hennessy and the great color art of Nathan Fairbairn too.
Detective Comics #1002 continues the intense war between Batman and the Arkham Knight, and we’re left to wonder who the Arkham Knight is and if the Batman is even capable of stopping him. This one definitely gets a recommendation. Check it out.
Detective Comics #1002 comes to us from writer Peter J. Tomasi, artist Brad Walker, inker Andrew Hennessy, color artist Nathan Fairbairn, letterer Rob Leigh, cover artist Walker with Hennessy and Fairbairn, and variant cover artist Mark Brooks.

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