The Justice League gets a new Batman… you know, as the current status quo and the cover would suggest.
The Spoilers:SO, somewhere in India there's this water right, and it's sort of sentient, attaching itself to peoples faces and sucking out their eyeballs or some shit. Bad stuff.
Back in Gotham, Alfred is telling Bruce "Do you like my finger paintings?" Wayne about his parents when the Justice League comes knocking, about to blow up his spot. Despite Bruce not remembering anything, the League has a problem and want to see if he really is still messed up, because they need a detective. Wonder Woman takes Bruce aside and they chat before Bruce allows her to use the lasso on him, where she determines once and for all, the man they need, the cynical detective, is no longer there.
Elsewhere in Gotham, the Mad Hatter is doing something, not really important what, but he's controlling F15 pilots and of course GorBat has to go stop it, but since it's machinery he's not quite used to, the League steps in for some help, and sticks around to talk to him afterwards.
Turns out they know GorBat is Gordon, and after some convincing, they recruit their second string quarterback into helping them out on a case, teleporting him away from Gotham into a snowy wasteland where they're faced with a giant skeleton.
The Opinion:Good start if I do say so myself. It was fun and entertaining, and that's really all I can say. Problem here is that I don't really get the sense of what Tomasi's take on this book is going to be, especially with the Robin War tie-in coming after next month's issue. Not quite sure if Jim and the Justice League is going to be this book's new thing or if these is a short story to sort of tide the book over until the crossover, followed by the earnest start of the new run in January. There just wasn't a whole lot of pig picture building. That said, it was still enjoyable and Tomasi seems to have a good voice for all the characters.
Marcio Takara's art is weird in a tonal sense. When you hear "Detective Comics" a certain visual identity comes to mind, usually with some sort of noir-like elements. I don't really see a lot of that in Takara's style, but what I do see fits more of a super hero aesthetic… it's a good thing this story deals with a lot of larger than life supers doesn't it then? Don't get me wrong, I liked his work this issue, it's just different than what you normally expect out of Tec.
All in all, while it was a good start, it's just hard to determine whether or not this is the Tec we can continue to look forward to in the future. It's not this issue's fault at all, but I just feel skeptical in general with the crossover coming up and the fact that there never actually was an announcement for this creative team other than just the solicit getting released with the rest of the books. That said, if we take this one at a time, I'm sure it will be a fine read, after all, it is offering something completely different than just sort of being a side Batman story with tweaked elements similar to other books.