The Batman has his hands full this month in Detective Comics #868. In the continuation of July’s ‘Imposters’ story, “a warped variation of the Joker drug has caused those who use it to suffer mental breakdowns and embrace anarchy and chaos. With riots cropping up throughout Gotham City, the citizens find themselves divided into two gangs: one led by a Batman impostor whose mission is to bring law and order back to the streets, and the other led by a Joker impostor whose purpose is to punish the innocent and set Gotham ablaze. And in the middle of it all is The Dark Knight – but can Batman stop an entire city?”
This is a great story that is very well written and keeps you involved throughout. Writer David Hine has a great resume of comic books he’s written for in the past including X-Men Unlimited, Daredevil, Spawn, The Brave and the Bold, and Spider-Man Noir. It’s pretty fast-paced and action-packed. One of the things I like about Hine is his twisted sense of humor that he uses with The Jokerz’ leader. He keeps it nice and dark, the way The Batman comics should be.
It took me a bit of time to really get used to the artwork of Scott McDaniel (Green Arrow, Nightwing) and Andy Owens (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Trinity, Green Arrow, Superman). At first, it came across as a little too cartoonish for me, but I found myself getting into it the further I got into the book. It almost seemed like the art was split in half by what characters were appearing and when certain things were happening. It seemed a bit more gritty and realistic when Batman was in the frame and cartoonish when the frames concentrated on The Jokerz.
The one thing I found the most humorous was the people who were part of the Batman gang that were fighting against The Jokerz. It was as if every geek and nerd at any given Comic-Con had put on a homemade Batman outfit and hit the streets to fight against The Jokerz. You had overweight guys stuffed into Batman costumes with their guts hanging out fighting right next to little beanpole doofuses using harpoon guns and impaling Jokerz. Pretty brutal stuff.
Overall, I would say that this was a pretty entertaining issue. The story did a great job of continuing last month’s story and kept you on the edge of your seat at the end of this issue wondering what’s going to happen next. Great cover from Peter Nguyen as well. Definitely establishes the mood and sums up the story of this chapter. Look forward to finding out what happens next month.
Source: DC Comics