DETECTIVE COMICS #28
Written by John Layman
Art by Aaron Lopestri
Published by DC Comics
Release Date: February 5, 2014
John Layman does an excellent job in this comic of focusing on the detective side of what Batman does for Gotham. There is a mystery here, as to why Gothtopia exists in people’s minds, and in this issue we get to see Batman’s process of figuring it out. A few details of what is going on in Gothtopia fall right in his lap, but for the most part we get to see a master detective at work, as should be the case. Layman paces this script well, not giving away his hand too early and letting details come to readers in due time. His voice for Batman is strong, calculated, and wise. This is far from his first rodeo and he’s carving through this mystery like a hot Batarang through butter. Being that the length of this arc is rather short, I appreciated the speed at which the clues of Gothtopia have come together, and I eagerly await the final issue of this mini-event. Layman has architected an entertaining crossover event that doesn’t feel as heavy as the Snyder’s Bat-events have, and I mean that in the best possible way. This issue is easy to read, and is a well written comic that covers a lot of ground at a brisk pace and proves that it doesn’t matter how many Bat-books there are on shelves, if they are written this well they deserve to sell.
Aaron Lopestri delivers solid art, in a style very similar to Jason Fabok’s title-defining art. Detective readers will feel very comfortable with this style that is quality superhero art. The quality of these pencils is solid from start to finish, with no weak spots in the middle and they really give the story a lot of room to shine. There are a few really impressive images in this issue and no instances of awkward anatomy or poor line work to disrupt the flow of the story. The pacing is strong, and the perfect word for this artwork is steady. The inking by Art Thibert and the colours by Blond suit the pencils well and the final product is a very cohesive art package. The fantastic cover by Jason Fabok sets the tone for the issue well, and the interior team doesn’t drop the ball at any point.
Detective Comics #28 is a straightforward, yet strong, chapter in the entertaining Gothtopia mini-event. You’ll find solid artwork and strong writing in this issue that drives the story forward at a brisk pace without feeling rushed. Bat-fans already know this is a must read, but anyone on the fence about reading Detective should definitely dive in. Layman and Lopestri have a great story waiting for you.
The Verdict: 8.5/10