After the first two successful Manapul/Buccellato runs on Detective Comics, I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that they had done enough to warrant a third volume.
So of course I picked it up.
It was a decent enough read. The previous volumes were better. The main problem is that this series did not have a mystery (engaging or otherwise) for us to have follow Bullock and Gordon around for. Instead the issue is steeped with drama that does not feel satisfying, mainly due to the fact that it felt either too cartoony (such as the Joker-bot – yes, it can be considered as an homage to anime and its fondness for mechas, but it felt a bit hollow at the same time) or too…common? basically on par for the hell that is Gotham.
Also, the biggest element of the story that bothered me the most was when the Justice League came knocking on Gotham’s door looking for the detective skills of Batman and then making him do obvious forensics work when THEY ALREADY HAVE A FORENSICS SCIENTIST ON HAND AS A MAIN MEMBER OF THE TEAM! (The Flash by the way, they even have him go up to the lab to do analysis…), so yeah that bothered me.
The art for these issues were hit and miss. The reason I am not saying “hit or miss” is because each issue has wildly inconsistent art with many gorgeous pages followed by really odd, ugly, rushed looking work that becomes distracting and pulls you out of the flow of reading. Kind of wish it had a more consistent art style, no matter who it was ’cause everyone proved that they are heavyweights in their own right, just not consistently so.
Anyways, it was a nice enough read and I am glad to have it in my collection, but it is not something I would recommend for people who want to jump on with this random volume.