Mind Capsules – Detective Comics #939 and Patsy Walker – A.K.A. Hellcat! #9

Detective Comics #939
Detective Comics #939

Writer – James Tynion IV
Artist – Eddy Barrows
Inker – Eber Ferreira
Colours – Adriano Lucas
Letters – Marilyn Patrizio

Rise of the Batmen, the first story to grace the pages of the re-numbered Detective Comics has been about relationships more than anything else and James Tynion IV understands the characters that grace these pages well enough to make them feel true. Mainly, it has been about the gulf that exists between Batwoman and Batman – Kate and Bruce. They are cousins and the story shows us that they used to be somewhat close at least when they were younger, but circumstances changed and with Bruce’s mission to save Gotham, they seemingly grew apart. In recent years, they have been getting closer, mending that which should not have needed mending until the last few weeks where he has asked her to join him in training a group of Gotham’s heroes and more suspect characters into a team. It was going well until Kate’s father made an appearance, with an eye on having his daughter join him and yet, the way he went about it was all wrong and instead of bringing her closer, he has driven her further away. Though the story might be about the feelings that exist between different members of the team, it is also about the single-mindedness of one man as the Colonel looks to put a stop to the League of Shadows – if it even exists. It is an interesting study of the man that Tynion IV presents, one that has been seen before in all forms of media. Having driven Kate away when she was younger, he needed a mission to focus upon and he got one and now, with his failure to bring her in, he has doubled down on that mission and he means to see it through no matter the consequences. Tynion IV also focuses upon Red Robin, a young man smarter than most and how he has decided to choose a different life for himself, assuming that is that they can extricate themselves from the danger that is present. Returning to pencil this latest issue is Eddy Barrows who has proven himself the perfect man for the job, able to draw both quiet moments and action scenes equally well. While Batman disbelieves the myth of the League of Shadows, there is one scene in the book that may or may not play into that and only time will tell if said League is real. Issue after issue, Detective Comics has been a consistent win thanks to its creative team and with the cliff-hanger it was left on, the next issue can only be fantastic.

4 out of 5

Patsy Walker - A.K.A. Hellcat! #9
Patsy Walker – A.K.A. Hellcat! #9

Writer – Kate Leth
Artist – Brittney L. Williams
Colours – Megan Wilson
Letters – VC’s Clayton Cowles

Kate Leth brings a little fun back into Patsy’s life, but she also brings back Patsy’s ex-husbands – namely Mad-Dog and Daimon Hellstrom. As if that were not enough, Hedy is back as well and causing trouble where she can, namely the aforementioned exes and setting them upon Patsy with lies that were more than a little convincing. For whatever reason (aside from those that were explained away earlier in the series), Hedy has some sort of weird vendetta against Patsy and you have to wonder just why it is she wants to cause her so much trouble. Sure, there was that little thing where Patsy won her case against Hedy and got the rights back to her comic book and likeness, depriving Hedy of all that cash, but that cannot be all there is. Meanwhile, Patsy is having a hard time coming to grips with the injury her best friend She-Hulk has sustained. So it is that her friends drag her out to Karaoke and she could not be any happier, at least that is until those ex-husbands show up looking to put the hurt on her. What is really nice to see is that the cast of the title keeps expanding, this time welcoming in Jubilee who has been somewhat bereft of a home in the current Marvel Universe. She might be a former X-Man and currently a vampire, but she is still a lot of fun and Leth gives her a lot of the spotlight in this issue. Also great to see is that Leth is touching upon all the corners of Patsy’s rich and storied history, namely that of her former husbands and the continuing misadventures of Hedy Wolfe. Bringing it all to life is Brittney L. Williams who is just as integral to the whole process as Leth is. This title would definitely be a different beast without her and more than likely not as fun as it currently is. With our heroine in distress come the end of the book and nobody being able to do anything about it at the moment, things are a little up in the air at the moment, but you have to know that somehow, someway, Patsy will get herself out of it. Maybe.

4.5 out of 5

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  1. Detective Comics #939 was another solid issue story & art wise. I think this series is shaping up to be something really special. The team works so well together, I especially like the dynamic between Batman and Batwoman, and how the character of Clayface has evolved with the team. Hellcat #9 sounds interesting, not a series I’ve ever checked out tbh. Great reviews for a great new comic book day 🙂

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