(Image: Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, and Adriano Lucas)

Detective Comics returns to its old numbering with a new concept and creative team in DC Rebirth, with writer James Tynion IV, artist Eddy Barrows, inker Eber Ferreira, and colorist Adriano Lucas joining forces to explore the next generation of Gotham superheroes. The series also sees the return of Batwoman to prominence in the DC Universe, working with Batman to train Red Robin, Spoiler, Orphan (the new codename of former Batgirl Cassandra Cain), and the reformed villain Clayface to take down the rising tide of evil in their city.

These preview pages of next week’s Detective Comics #934 introduce the Batman family’s new threat, and it’s one that looks a lot like their leader. The creative team does great work building suspense in these pages, and this is easily some of Barrows and Ferreira’s finest work at DC, elevated by Lucas’ bold coloring that amplifies the tension with a strong contrast and warm and cold colors. It’s an exciting action sequence that establishes how dangerous this new Darker Knight is, and there are some especially striking shots of Batman when he hits the scene after the villain has fled. The storytelling is clean and dynamic, and it should make for some thrilling superhero team adventures when Batman and Batwoman get their students together.

Cover by Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, and Adriano Lucas

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