DETECTIVE COMICS #965
Written by: James Tynion IV
Art by: Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Adriano Lucas, Sal Cipriano
Published by: DC Comics
What it’s all about…
“A Lonely Place Of Living” part one! It’s the story you’ve demanded: Where in the world (or otherwise) is Tim Drake? Red Robin faces a crossroads…escape the most devious prison ever devised, or find himself abandoned beyond time and space for all eternity! Not much of a choice, right? But when he finds out just who is locked in there with him, Tim’s world will change in ways he never imagined! This is one of the biggest stories of the REBIRTH era, setting the stage for an explosive DETECTIVE COMICS epic!
What I thought about it…
Am I glad Tim Drake is back? Damn right I am! Tim was the Robin of my youth, and for me he is still the best Robin Batman’s had. DC hasn’t done right by Tim in a long time, but I was hoping the new storyline “A Lonely Place Of Living,” would at least restore Tim to his rightful place as one of DC’s best heroes. Yeah, none of that happened in Detective Comics #965.
The good news is that Tim Drake IS back, but how and why still remain a mystery. Detective Comics #965 doesn’t hold many answers to the questions fans have. This is apparently because I needed to know what was going on in the Superman books. But since I don’t read any of the blue boy scout’s comics, I was at a total loss for much of Detective #965.
That’s not to say that the entire issue was a waste though. James Tynion IV makes Detective #965 all about how Tim became Robin in the first place, and why he was planning on leaving the Batman family eventually. Setting up the story like this served as a refresher course for old fans like me, and as a nice introduction for younger fans who don’t know Tim’s history with old Batsy. I even liked some of the flashbacks to one of my favorite Batman stories, “A Lonely Place Of Dying.”
Te art team of Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, and Adriano Lucas was hit or miss. A few pages are dow right stunning, like the splash page where Tim is interrogated. But the art in some pages is down right ugly. In a few panels, Tim has a bigger grin than the Joker. I don’t know it the art was rushed or what, but it doesn’t look anything like the character I’ve known since 1989.
All in all, Detective Comics #965 was not what I was expecting or hoping for. The issue didn’t have enough answers to the many questions that have been out there for a while now. My guess is this arc will answer some of those questions eventually, but the bigger plot points probably won’t be solved until Doomsday Clock hits.
Detective Comics #965 final score: C