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Durnkin Reveewz: Detective Comics #981

Written by Zechs on Wednesday, May 30 2018 and posted in Features

Durnkin Reveewz: Detective Comics #981

Well, what ya know. A nice cute finish that wraps up James Tynion IV's run on the comic almost nicely. ALMOST...



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Huh, he did it. James Tynion IV ends his run on Detective Comics on a high note. I'm kind of actually surprised he stuck to the landing and accomplished it best he could. Okay, given the last issue you knew Stephanie's little moment to shine was gonna be the turning point. Sure enough it was, and honestly, I'm glad for it. Because the comic then focus on why many came to this run (me included): the various characters that populated this comic.

It's here where the comic excels at. Even though original arc artist Eddy Barrows returns and kind of draws a scary as hell civilian Cassandra Cain and Barbara Gordon. Seriously. These are faces of pure evil:



Also, Leslie Thompkins' face might have a slight case of Smylex. I just know it!


That face is not normal! NOPE! 

Joking aside. The epilogues were we see Kathy, Cassandra, Stephanie, and Tim go are kind of bittersweet. I mean it's kind of freaky to know this isn't the end of Cassandra Cain. That I don't have to wait another three years for another appearance. She's like appearing in the next arc of this comic in June. It's almost as if DC realized their mistake and are course-correcting at a long last. But that's absurd! That be like DC Comics posting a positive Cassandra/Stephanie article on their main page. 


Wait, that happened today?  


Like wow. We are truly living in a different world now it seems.  Unless you're Batwing and Azrael. Poor guys. They only get a passing mention. Well, at least Azrael gets to be in Justice League Odyssey. Poor Luke Fox. I kind of hope it's not the end for the character, but.. it looks like it just might be, which is the real downside of the issue for me. A pity really, but then again Luke, since his ongoing was canceled, was basically reduced to "love interest" and just tech guy with some motivation. Which is kind of sad since there seemed potential for Luke, but with all these characters jocking for moments in the comic. Poor Luke and Jean-Paul were the biggest casualties (before I get a, "But they had an arc Zechs. Yes, which kind of got stole from under them by Zatanna). 

Still, given the concept and how it worked out. This comic was one of the great highlights of the "Rebirth" line and accomplished perfectly what it set out to do. It made several characters who were in a rough patch and made the repaired a good chunk of damage either done by the "New 52" *cough* Tim *cough*. 

Of course the crowning achievement I think this comic did was, of course, Clayface, which is probably the most startling thing of all and you have to give kudos for Tynion for doing basically doing a definitive story for the character. I mean quite literally with Annual #1 being probably the best story of this entire run (okay I digress my personal preference is #950 or #955, but that is me being biased).

In the end, James Tynion IV succeeded quite nicely by using the 90s concept of a team book to perfection. He balanced most of the characters, had one no one saw coming they'd like and delivered some quality stories. Okay, I still kind of want an ending to Ra's subplot Mr. Tynion IV. You just can't have a future were a shirtless Ra's fights a pantless Cassandra and just think we'd not want a proper ending. We demand to know what Ra's "plan so evil it made Shiva go A.W.O.L." and worth disbanding Brotherhood St. Dumas. Like come on, we know you have that story in you. We know you want to tell it one day. Please do. 

Until then, thanks for giving us a helluva ride and renewing my faith in DC Comics.

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