Detective Comics is quickly becoming my favorite book in the DC Rebirth line to this point. Seriously. As far as Batman stories go, it's starting to overtake the Batman series currently going on elsewhere with the Gotham and Gotham Girl arc.
From the beginning, this arc of Detective Comics has been on point with great writing, splendid artwork and a compelling plot involving Kate Kane, the Batwoman, helping Bruce build a group of heroes to deal with a military trained army that has been designed to operate with the same efficiency, brutality and intelligence as the Batman himself. Yes, it's literally a Bat-Army, right down to the tech and the battle gear designs.
What makes the story so twisted is that the army is controlled by Kate's father Jake, an armed forces general with personal ties to Bruce and the Wayne family, and it's his personal wish that his daughter would be the one to lead his Bat-Army on its cleansing tour of Gotham and other criminal enterprises across the nation.
This has been my introduction to Batwoman since I haven't read The New 52 or any other previous major runs of DC Comics outside of a few trade paperbacks, and when I heard that the character existed I thought it was ridiculous, especially with the existence of Barbara Gordon as Batgirl. I officially stand corrected so far through four issues of this Detective Comics arc. I really like Kate Kane and the dynamic she has with Bruce, Tim Drake and the other heroes in Gotham right now. She seems to be on a different level with Bruce as they are considered family through their relationship and she looks on him almost like a brother instead of a mentor.
That personal dynamic, especially as it relates to her father and his Batman army is also a fun one to watch right now because Kate is doing her best to try and outthink her father, not only to stop him and his brutal plans but also to prove herself capable of this mission, not only to Bruce but to her father as well.
There's a great scene in this book that goes right on the list of classic "Batman is not trapped in here with you, you are trapped in here with Batman" scenes, where a group of guards who believe they have him captured and under control are proven to have anything but control over the situation. It's Batman at his intimidating, five-steps ahead of anticipatory best.
Detective Comics is definitely one of my favorite books right now in DC Rebirth and the story only seems to be getting deeper into intrigue. I can't wait to see what happens next with this one.
5 out of 5 stars - DC UNIVERSE REBIRTH: Detective Comics #937
This series is biweekly, next issue due out August 10th.