[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Batman and Robin approach the Gotham Observatory. The Arkham Knight and her followers are inside and almost ready to activate new weapon against the Batman. Arcane and Doctor Phosphorous have been enlisted to slow down the Caped Crusader and his sidekick. Can Batman and Robin get inside the observatory before the Arkham Knight activates her weapon? What will this device do if they fail?
Detective Comics #1005 concludes the Arkham Knight, bringing her war against the Batman to a violent crescendo.
The Arkham Knight believes the Batman a blight upon Gotham City and that destroying him will bring some peace back to the city. This conviction makes her a dangerous foe.
That said, Arkham Knight fails to be the exciting villain I wanted her to be. It’s had not to compare her to Rogol Zaar who, whatever you may think of the character, at least is tied intricately to Superman’s history. Arkham Knight, on the other hand, just leaves me wondering how old Bruce Wayne is in the current continuity.
Her big weapon and its accompanying plan make very little sense too.
That said, Peter J. Tomasi and Brad Walker still succeed in making this a taut and frenetic issue. It’s all forward momentum, gearing up the reader more and more for the final showdown between the Dark Knight and the Arkham Knight. It’s exciting regardless of Arkham Knight’s quality as a Bat-villain.
Walker’s artwork continues to look great too. The paneling lends itself to a kinetic flow from panel-to-panel as Batman and Robin fight their way through the Arkham Knight’s barriers. It’s a comic constantly in motion, and it looks damn good to boot. Andrew Hennessy’s inking is strong too, and the color art of Nathan Fairbairn brings it all together well.
Detective Comics #1005 brings the first Arkham Knight saga to a brawling conclusion. While Astrid Arkham may not be the most exciting Batman villain to be released in recent years, Tomasi and Walker still manage to make this a fun issue and one worthy of a recommendation. Check it out.
Detective Comics #1005 comes to us from writer Peter J. Tomasi, artist Brad Walker, inker Andrew Hennessy, color artist Nathan Fairbairn, letterer Rob Leigh, cover artist Brad Walker with Nathan Fairbairn, and variant cover artist Stjepan Sejic.
Final Score: 8/10