The time has come, my darling…to feed our souls.Mr. Freeze (Victor Fries)
Written by: Peter J. Tomasi
Pencils by: Doug Mahnke
Inks by: Jaime Mendoza
Colours by: David Baron
Letters by: Rob Leigh
Cover by: Guillem March and Arif Prianto
Variant Cover by: Ryan Sook
Release Date: September 25, 2019
After an oddball story-line involving Deadshot, Castaways, a plane going down, and Batman in the wild – we finally get the Mr. Freeze story that has had a preview on the last few pages of that arc. While the tidbits shared were not very enticing and very vague, we now understand what it was all for. Freeze has his henchmen hunting down the woman of Gotham with similar attributes to that of his ill-fated wife Nora Fries, with the intention of testing out the serum that Lex Luthor has given him, after altering the kidnapped to have Nora’s condition. All to see if it will work in reviving them and therein Nora.
It’s quite an odd jump and conclusion to come to – especially having several woman. It of course leads to some of the henchmen butchered a kidnapping and abandoning one of the victims, who then reports the crime. After Freeze has his men go in again to retrieve her – they are confronted by Batman.
Tomasi has been hit and miss with his run on Detective Comics so far. There are highlights in every issue, but they all get bogged down by faltering plot lines and inconsistent character decisions. The opening of this issue is a great example. Tomasi’s writing is phenomenal – but it leads into a watered down Mister Freeze boilerplate plot line. A tale as old as the character – but alas, we still get hooked on this story due to an intriguing and farfetched idea.
The art has improved over the last arc. Characters are well illustrated in great backgrounds and full profiles are intensely intricate. This current team is a welcome change up. Especially love Batman atop the signal, startling Bullock.
The lead up from past issues brought us here – let’s see how Tomasi makes an ever repeated plot line entertaining.