Friday, April 1, 2011

Damn Good Comics - Detective Comics 875

Where this months Walking Dead was a perfect example of how to do elements of a long form comic book story by establishing tone and character over time, Detective Comics #875 was a perfect self contained story that, although it refers to previous issues, stands on it's own and is just perfectly crafted.

This was a Commissioner Gordon issue, focusing on his son. I urge you to go read this issue if you haven't. I don't want to get  into details here, because I'd rather you read it for yourself, but the structure of the story, the way it unfolds, is just perfect. Scott Snyder and Francesco Francavilla have outdone themselves here by creating something that could easily be a film all on it's own. It's  noir, it's psychological, it's hard boiled, it's a mystery. But above all, it's a story well told, through words and art in perfect harmony.

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