The Story So Far
A Lonely Place of Living continues this week in Detective Comics #968. In this series we are given the gift of Tim Drake’s return to DC Comics. He has been in the prison of Mr. Oz somewhere outside of hypertime, and it’s here that he meets some future version of himself that has taken on the cowl as Batman. They escape together back to Tim’s time where the future form of himself takes on a vendetta against Batwoman because she is apparently the reason for the troubles of future Tim’s timeline. As I have said in previous reviews, I will continue calling the bad guy Tim as Batman, Bat-Tim. You can read my review for issue #967 here. Spoilers ahead…
What Is This All About
Initiated by Bat-Tim, Brother Eye is infecting all of Batman’s computer systems, activating the drones that “killed” Tim Drake in the first place, and attempting to hack into the Belfry. All to target Kate Kane and her shameful future actions that are never actually described. Our Bat-Family: Nightwing, Red Hood, Red Robin, and Robin are in the process of rescuing Alfred from this murderous Bat-Tim maniac. In an attempt to escape the Batcave to the Belfry, Bat-Tim and his leet hacks turn all of the Batmobiles against our heroes. Tim manages to chase after his future self inadvertently ending up in the pod that takes them straight to the Belfry.
The drones that Brother Eye activated are already hot on Kate Kane and have obliterated her protective cell. Batwoman, Batwing, Orphan and Clayface are all struggling to neutralize the threat. Bat-Tim makes it over to Batwoman and activates a shield around both him and her isolating them from the others. As he is pointing his gun at her to shoot her, it’s Tim to the rescue, shattering Bat-Tim’s barrier and his gun. They scrap a little with not a whole lot of excitement to the battle. Every so often Bat-Tim becomes a distorted reality as he is messing with the timeline.
Then Nightwing, Red Hood, Robin and Batman swing into action, each with their own jet, to bomb the drones that were causing havoc. Earlier when Bat-Tim used Brother Eye to hack Batman’s systems and vehicles, he never actually took into account the older models which are the jets they’re flying in. I thought it was a little cheesy, but hey… It’s still a good story.
As Tim and Bat-Tim seem to have stopped fighting. They are standing in the Belfry, looking out over the city through the broken windows, the drones blowing up here and there. Bat-Tim turns to Tim putting his cowl on and warning him that this will all be over “so much sooner than you can imagine.” Then in a brilliant flash of light, Bat-Tim is gone as if he’d been wiped from existence.
I’m just happy that Tim Drake is back. I am a little surprised at the absence of Stephanie Brown in all of this. I would like to see things work out for them. I think they make a good team and a good couple. Beyond that, Tynion IV knocked it out of the park with his tribute to A Lonely Place of Dying. It was an excellent story that reintroduced my favorite DC Character and DC Comics couldn’t have picked a better man to write it. For those of you that don’t know what I am talking about, in the 80’s there was a storyline called A Lonely Place of Dying that killed off Jason Todd and gave us the first appearance of Tim Drake as Robin. This series was called A Lonely Place of Living and it reintroduced Tim back into our lives. Even the cover art for each issue was a tribute to the Dying series.
Speaking of art, DC made sure that we got some quality work done because Alvaro Martinez and his team killed it. Their artwork is so detailed and immaculate. I especially loved the page where Tim and Bat-Tim are looking out over the city. I could frame that and put it on my wall with my collection. I highly recommend this issue for the conclusion to this wonderful story. Include it in your pull for the week.
9 / 10
Reviewed by: Justin Swenson Detective Comics #968 Written by: James Tynion IV Art by: Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez, Tomeu Morrey Published by: DC Comics Release Date: November 8, 2018