May 05, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
Murder has come to Bruce Wayne’s doorstep. The shocking conclusion to last month’s “Detective Comics” No. 30 showed Elena Aguila, a social activist the billionaire had recently agreed to team with, collapsing on the welcome mat of Wayne Manor as she seemed to catch on fire from inside her body. The title’s new creative team – Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato – wasted no time in setting up a potentially complex mystery in their “Detective” debut. Wayne and Aguila’s deal, which would erect free medical clinics, drug abuse treatment facilities and education centers instead of commercial development on his property along Gotham City’s troubled East End waterfront, has rankled some people in high places: Congressman Sam Young was seen questioning the decision on TV (and answering to some shady characters in private). Also, a drug called Icarus has taken hold […]
April 02, 2013 | 12:03 p.m.
Writer John Layman works closely with two highly unorthodox detectives – one is a billionaire who stalks the night in a cape and cowl, the other is a federal agent who quite literally takes a bite out of crime. The Phoenix-based comics creator had developments to detail about both his Batman series for DC Comics and “Chew” for Image Comics at WonderCon in Anaheim over the weekend. The latest “Detective Comics,” arriving Wednesday, is an extra-thick case file. The 80-page volume marks the title’s 900th issue but is numbered 19 because of DC Comics’ New 52 continuity revamp and series relaunch. Titled “Mystery of the 900,” it features the New 52 debut of Kirk Langstrom, inventor of the grotesquely and perilously transformative Man-Bat formula. The issue also moves toward next month’s conclusion of the larger story of Penguin henchman-turned-usurper Ignatius […]