Vengenance! DETECTIVE COMICS #1004 Review
DETECTIVE COMICS #1004
Once upon a Vengeance
During an incident in Arkham Asylum, Batman and Robin are called to investigate a missing daughter of Dr. Jeremiah, whose obsession with Batman becomes a threat. In Detective Comics #1004, Peter Tomasi has weaved another tale of the life of Astrid, who has dedicated her young life wanting to destroy the very thing that killed her mother, Ingrid. Now Batman must find her before she commits further damage to herself or the city of Gotham. But with Astrid’s story so tragic and irreparable, she made it her mission to train relentlessly in order to match both wit and strength of Batman and be rid of the Dark Knight forever. Now it is a showdown among these two elites, but what Batman doesn’t know is sh’se taken the liberty of bringing a few of Arkham Asylum’s deadliest criminals to join in on their confrontation. Thank heavens for little girls who make their lives more delusional and interesting as my review of Detective Comics #1004 is now.
In this issue Batman is called in to investigate the disappearance of Dr. Jeremiah’s daughter Astrid. While looking for clues in the sub-basement of Arkham, Batman discovers something he’s unaware of which has been a dark secret of the doctor for some time. When doing his tenure at the asylum, Dr. Jeremiah meets a loving and caring colleague named Dr. Ingrid Karlsson. Beautiful as well as passionate for the wellness of the mental patients reignites his long-dormant ethics. While working with some of Gotham’s most murderous creatures over the years, they came to respect her due to her honest but firm nature. The two became married and were expecting their first child when a riot broke out cutting her off access from safe haven. But as the guards and Batman managed to suppress the prisoners, Dr. Jeremiah was shocked to see his wife was in good care by none other than Gotham City’s worst of the worst. Joker, Harley Quinn, Solomon Grundy, and Poison Ivy were makeshift doctors to deliver Ingrid’s first child in the comfort of their protection.
This is something DC fans wouldn’t expect to see coming from those who take pleasure in killing just for fun. It was a touching moment to read and though one would think that no one was killed during the incident, it hits you like a ton of bricks. During all the excitement, a Batarang manages to pierce through Clayface’s wall only to hit its tragic mark. There was only one causality and it was Dr. Ingrid. The death of Ingrid left both Dr. Jeremiah and Astrid to live out their lives together, but as she became more and more sociable with the inmates, she saw to should really be locked in an institution, Batman. This slowly became the object of Astrid’s silent hatred for the vigilante until one fateful night. Finding a video surveillance video, she bears witness how her mother died. A weapon belonging to Batman was used. Astrid convinces herself that Batman is a monster and must be stopped. So years of training and dedicating herself to become a living weapon only then is she ready to face Batman once and for all. A woman scorned has no fury best fits her mood and nothing is going to change that. As Batman sets out to bring her in, he sees the damage it has caused her. But surprises me is Astrid is creating this battle in the form of a medieval adversary. She out to defend the Kingdom by slaying an evil and a demonic creature from the night.
Artwork / Action / Enjoyment
In-between the pages of this comic book the artwork of monstrous criminals of Gotham City meeting someone inside their lair. Alone and unable to fend for themselves is offered sanctuary and a caring hand during her ordeal. Seeing all of Gotham’s worse of the worse being the one to bring a newborn child is depicted amazingly in this issue. The artwork showing the face of Joker, though having a grin of contempt, has compassion of a caring soul through his eyes as Harley Quinn can barely contain herself as she witnesses a child being born. The action lacks any words to mention in this review. It offers a great background to Astrid’s story which will come to blows in the next issue of Detective Comics # 1005.
In closing to this review, everyone knows how the Batman works as he faces his deadliest foes for the protection of Gotham City. He’s not one for guns, let alone for vengeance, but there are those who see him as a threat to society. For Astrid, she blames Batman for the death of her mother. He is solely responsible and must pay for his crime. To allow this lie to spiral out of proportion has created a confrontation and there’s no turning back. I have to think whether it was her decision alone or the coaxing of Arkham’s influential inmates to become their champion against Batman. Time will tell as Detective Comics issue # 1005 is available in comic stores near you.