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Detective Comics 958 (2017)

FUNKY FLASHMAN! Well, that was a blast from the past. \:D Never thought to see him mainstream again. Broken record time: This was a very good team comic installment and will probably never get proper attention or respect under the DETECTIVE COMICS banner. This should be more a Gotham Team than a Bat Team and with their own name. THE OUTSIDERS or THE NETWORK are perfectly good discarded (still copyrighted) team names or pick a new one to relaunch. Just like the JLA are more an American Team than a Bat Team these heroes in their own right would do good in their own book.

The art was excellent, as were those double page layouts, and the story flow was just right. The blood stained title was actually too smudgey to make out clearly. "Exmachwa?" Anyone? Each member of the team got a facetime moment and it was a great way to work The Penguin into the story. It's extra sweet when DC shows how a quality book can go at a buck less than ANY Marvel title.

It was really good to catch up with the current status and character design of Azrael for someone who has longpast lost track of his sitch. Didn't realize the original had died and that this new incarnation one was a test tube baby. It's a bonus that this story arc is focussing on Azrael origins and future promise. His new arch enemy looked pretty damn tough if not for the magical intervention of the surprise guest superheroine that show up.



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I saw this issue as one where a lot of words are written, but essentially nothing happens.

We see that the Order of St. Dumas has been wiped out because Troll Doll guy tells us that. We don't see it, we're told. We learn that Azrael suit has a mind of its own. Again, told not shown.

We see Bruce get taken to a back-room poker game run by the Penguin. Why? We don't know. Then Azrael's suit, with or without someone in in it breaks in and Zatanna shows up, saying Bruce is an old friend.

Also, Clayface is teaching Cass Shakespeare by appearing as Shakespeare's characters. That's actually a good concept, but the first appearance leaves a lot out. Like is Cass memorizing Shakespeare lines by watching other performances. Can she read? Why does Clayface do this? He could have told us that Shakespeare got him through a lot of hard times. Or that you want to know humanity, know Shakespeare. Or want to learn to read, learn by reading Shakespeare. But we don't know any of that.

So huge amounts of set up, but not a lot happening. I hate decompressed story telling. In the old days, when I was young and the kids stayed off my lawn, every comics issue, even when part of an ongoing story, had to have action. Each issue stood on its own.

Now it's just "when you read the trade, this will fit in better."

I think this is bad because it causes people to wait for trades. It leaves money on the table.

Or I could be wrong.

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