Review: Future State Batman Dark Detective TPB

Writers: Mariko Tamaki, Joshua Williamson, Gene Luen Yang, Ram V, Stephanie Phillip’s, Meghan Fitzmartin
Artists: Dan Mora, Giannis Milonogiannis, Ben Oliver, Scott McDaniel, Stephen Segouir,
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire, Arif Prianto, Otto Schmidt, Tamara Bonvillain, Adriano Kucas
Letterer: Aditya Bidikar, Troy Peteri, Tom Napolitano, Pat Brosseau

New York Times bestselling and Eisner-winning author Mariko Tamaki reveals a potential future state of Gotham, a militaristic reality that rivals 1984.

Welcome to the possible future state of Gotham. The Magistrate, a freelance military and surveillance corporation, has been hired by Gotham’s leadership to turn the old city into a futuristic surveillance state free of vigilante-based crime/heroics.

Batman, horrified to see what his city was becoming, fought tooth and nail against Magistrate–and they killed him for it. Or did they? Bruce Wayne survived this assassination attempt, and has been laying low for years now trying to sort out how to beat Magistrate. The only problem? He doesn’t think he can anymore. They’re too big, they’re too powerful. And the latest horrific revelation? They have EYES EVERYWHERE.

It’s left to Batman for one last mission. Destroy their command center, expose the drones, and free the city. Whatever the cost.

Collects Future State: Dark Detective #1-4; Future State: Catwoman #1-2; Future State: Harley Quinn #1-2; Future State: Robin Eternal #1-2; Future State: Batman/Superman #1-2. DC Future State spotlights the World’s Greatest Super Heroes in fresh new roles, with all-new characters taking up their iconic mantles. DC Future State features an incredible array of creative talent, combining award-winning writers and artists with new voices from the worlds of TV, movies and animation. Discover the DC Universe like never before!


I have now read the whole future State slate of comics and I can honestly say Dark Detective is my absolute favourite. Yes it’s Batman so always going to appeal to me but the style of the artwork with this uniquely special story just ticked every box.

A Neon Gotham is the backdrop you never knew you wanted but boy does it look great. Dan Mora’s art with the dynamic crisp colours from Jordie Bellaire make a perfect team to portray Mariko Tamaki’s dark and desperate story of Batman living in the shadows with his back against the wall at every step.

This story does something I always love about a Batman story by breaking Bruce Wayne down to the core fundamentals of what makes him great. As the title suggests this is a detective story and takes everything Bruce can give to figure out why he was killed (or attempted to be killed) and what the Magistrate are up to. Batman is fun with his gizmos and gadgets but it is Bruce’s genius intellect and his technical prowess which pulls you into his story. It’s here where the reader can relate and connect with what motivates Bruce and grips you to the story from the first to the last page.

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