There is a lot to like about this book, from the story into the art. The story here is essentially the groundwork for the first arc with Tynion in charge and it is off to a great start. You can just tell that Tynion loves to write these characters as all of them are just perfect representations of what you expect them to be. They managed to have each character in the team have their own little intro and moment in this first issue while making it not feel crowded. Even for those that don’t know all of the characters in this book, they introduce each character with just enough information to get what they are all about.
Not to mention Batwoman, she is back in force in this first issue, if this is a taste of what is to come then sign me up for the whole run. For the fans out there that miss Batwoman, this is what you are looking for, this is who we are missing in the Bat Family. Tynion fleshes her out so well and her characterization is on point, she is a military type, with structure, respect, and authority. Sounds like the perfect drill instructor right? Add to that the nod of respect from Batman to help lead up this team, and I cannot wait to see where this will go.
First off, let’s talk about the cover, man what a beautiful thing, this cover has had people talking about it for months ever since the reveal and rightly so. The first few panels of this issue are just breathtaking, with Eddy Barrows, Eer Ferreira and Adriano Lucas just knocking it out of the park for the Azarel fight seen. With the action sequences and the silhouettes of Batman, we are off to an impressive start.
After that, the art continues to be strong for the whole issue. Particularly Batwoman and how she is represented, with gorgeous action sequences, followed up by some amazing dialogue scenes showing Batman as an equal with Batwoman. Not to forget the colors in the book, again just right on target, from shadows to making colors pop right off the page. Throughout the whole book, the composition and layouts of the panels were very strong and kept the story moving along at a nice pace.
There is not much to go into this section, everything just flowed so well in this first issue. The only real negative things I can think of, come off as petty things that just aren’t even worth the mention.
10 / 10
Reviewed by Tim Montoya DETECTIVE COMICS #934 Written by James Tynion IV Art by Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, and Adriano Lucas Published by DC Comics Release Date: June 8, 2016