Mind Capsules – Detective Comics #942 and Squadron Supreme #12

Detective Comics #942

Writer – Steve Orlando, James Tynion IV
Artist – Andy MacDonald
Colours – John Rauch
Letters – Marilyn Patrizio

Night of the Monster Men comes to its thrilling conclusion with this final chapter and it finds our heroes pushed to their limits. After defeating the final monster and reverting Nightwing and Gotham Girl back to normal, the remains of the creatures they have bested have formed up to create one massive kaiju, bigger than they might have any hope of taking down. Steve Orlando with a tiny bit of help from James Tynion IV write a very exciting story and with a little help from Andy MacDonald to bring it to vivid life, this might be the best issue of the story yet. Though the entire story is pretty good on the whole, there is one scene in particular that is not only revealing, but a great piece of characterization involving Batman. Amidst all the fighting and just before he heads in to face off against Hugo Strange, he essentially admits to Batwoman that he brought her on board because he knows there are some things that he knows nothing about and cannot teach – but she can. It not only adds to Batman but Batwoman as well, proving that he is not only fallible, but he can trust when the need arises. Characterization aside, there is a ton of action to be had and Nightwing claims the spotlight all to himself when it appears nothing is able to take the creature down. The showdown with Hugo Strange was anti-climactic, especially after everything that Strange had orchestrated up to and including this point. Batman did not even have to raise a single fist and though it would have been fun to see the two throw down, more than likely it would have been a one-sided battle. Also nice to see was Clayface once again using his powers in a new and different way, helping out the team in ways that would have otherwise been impossible. To be a Batman rogue, you have to be as mad as a Hatter and Strange is exactly that. Thankfully he gets taken care of before he can harm anyone else, but you have to wonder, was it simply his own mania that caused him to do all of this or something greater? This was a great mini-event, but it will be nice to get back to the status quo.

4 out of 5

Squadron Supreme #12

Writer – James Robinson
Artist – Leonard Kirk
Inker – Paul Neary, Marc Deering
Colours – Chris Sotomayor
Letters – VC’s Travis Lanham

Every once in a while, a book will feature an issue that does little and seems like nothing more than a way to pad the trade. That is not to say that James Robinson is doing exactly that, but this story feels like a stop-gap between the action of the previous issue and the one that is to follow. There is a little bit of fisticuffs present in this book, specifically a fight that has been a long time in the coming between Warrior Woman and Zarda, but on the whole, it does not save this particular book from being a bit of a bore. Most of the heroes from the team are out of the action, whether stuck in-between times or off on another mission, while two of them are captured by S.H.I.E.L.D. If this was not leading into the return of Namor, there would almost be no point to even read this issue. The best thing about it all was seeing Namor in the past and still alive towards the end of the book. Robinson still writes it all quite well and Leonard Kirk still provides the usual good pencil-work, but it would have been nice to see a little bit more than what was presented. An okay issue, not necessarily bad, but not necessarily that great.

2.5 out of 5

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  1. Another good issue of Detective Comics, I’ve found Night of the Monstermen all a bit underwhelming, so will be glad to get back to normal. I think it was a bit soon after Rebirth to have a Batman Book crossover event tbh. I’ve never ready Squadron Supreme but your review makes it sound like a very exciting series!

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