Wednesday, July 13, 2016

SPOILERS: Detective Comics #936

Well, that wasn't exactly surprising now, was it?

The Spoilers:

Batman got taken down by the Colony and it's up to Batwoman and Red Robin to figure out what to do, fearing the worst. They call the team for a meeting, where Kate introduces them to her father, who she has called in for expert advice on the Colony's militaristic tactics. Jacob meets everyone, aside from Cassandra, who has been intercepted on the roof by Colony agents.

Look, it's probably real easy to figure out where this is going: Jacob Kane is the leader of the Colony, and he shots down the Belfry's security within, revealing to Kate that he too had started a mission inspired by Batman all those years ago, and his PMC group is after a threat that Batman has ignored, it lead them to Gotham, and they had to get him out of the way in order to achieve their goal. Shades of grey! Jacob wants his daughter to join him, even inviting her new team, but of course that doesn't happen, and the team escapes via Clayface ball and escape hatch, with Tim attempting to fry the computers on the way out.

The Opinion:

Pretty sure a lot of people figured out the twist by the first issue, and I was on board for the theory by the second. Sure enough, Jacob Kane's the "bad guy." Not a bad twist, just became expected. Anyways, another solid issue, very entertaining. This was Martinez's first issue on art, and compared to Eddy Barrows, he's nowhere near as big and bold, but does get the job done pretty well, keeping a consistent look and style to the issues. That's about it. This book remains great three issues in.


  1. When I first heard that the theory of Jacob being the leader, I liked it but was skeptical that it would be a bridge too far.

    It totally wasn't. It fits in so well into Batwoman's previous history and doesn't contradict anything that I can see. Consider this: Who was the one who designed Batwoman's suit, the one who suggested that she wear a Bat symbol? Jacob, way back in Elegy. Kate had drawn inspiration from the Bat symbol, but when she first started out as a vigilante she didn't incorporate any of that imagery into her look. Jacob did that.

    I also like how Jacob was subtly using language and glossing over parts of Kate's history in order to convince her to join him, and playing on her emotions a bit. That's exactly what someone would do in real life.

    So excited to see where this arc goes!

  2. I knew it! I was right about Jacob Kane, and i feel proud. Though this is sort of hollow, because the Belfry has been compromised and Batwoman was betrayed.
    On a side note, did anyone get the Matt Hagen reference?

    1. I got it after thinking about it for awhile, but it took me some time to remember that this version of Clayface *isn't* Matt Hagen.

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