Survival In The South Pacific: Detective Comics #1010 Reviewed

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Bruce Wanye’s plane went down in the South Pacific, and that leaves a few billionaire passengers stranded in an island jungle with Deadshot. Thankfully, a pair of very old World War II vets are present to treat Bruce’s wounds. Meanwhile, Deadshot needs to keep his hostages alive if he’s going to be paid, but the local wildlife might throw a wrench into those plans. Plus, Bruce Wayne has no intent of allowing Deadshot to get away with this. Meanwhile, Nora Fries is almost thawed, and Mr. Freeze’s plans are moving forward. 

Detective Comics #1010 cover by Jae Lee and June Chung
Detective Comics #1010 cover by Jae Lee and June Chung

Detective Comics #1010 finds Batman and Deadshot trying to survive a plane crash in a remote island jungle. Bruce Wayne is wounded but being tended to, and Deadshot is active and ready to repel any attack from anything resembling a bat.

It’s a quick read with a fair amount of action and easy-to-follow story. In fairness, you can pretty much guess the story of the Japanese and American soldier pair from the second you see them–this isn’t the first time there’s been a story about stranded WWII vets unaware of the changes in the world around them (Kong: Skull Island being a recent example).

Deadshot is an aptly entertaining presence in this book. He’s always been a great rogue, and Peter J. Tomasi stays true to Floyd’s homicidal yet charismatic character. He’s threatening, he cracks jokes, and he’s smooth.

Detective Comics #1010 art by Christian Duce, David Baron, and letterer Rob Leigh
Detective Comics #1010 art by Christian Duce, David Baron, and letterer Rob Leigh

Christian Duce puts out another fantastic-looking comic with this issue. The detailing is impeccable, and the treatment Duce gives Deadshot in this comic is unforgettable. David Baron’s color art is not to be missed either. This comic is thoroughly moody and atmospheric thanks to Baron’s colors.

Detective Comics #1010 is a fairly predictable if entertaining book. Deadshot is as fun as ever, and we get to see Bruce Wayne out of his element and without his famous gear. The Mr. Freeze story is still just boiling in the background, but I’m excited for what that turns out to be. This one gets a recommendation. Feel free to give it a read.

Detective Comics #1010 comes to us from writer Peter J. Tomasi, artist Christian Duce, color artist David Baron, letterer Rob Leigh, cover artist Jae Lee with June Chung, and variant cover artist Bryan Hitch with Alex Sinclair.

Final Score: 7.5/10

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