DETECTIVE COMICS #876
WRITTEN BY: Scott Snyder
A dead orca whale, with the personal assistant Anthony Zucco's daughter inside, is left in the the lobby of a bank.
This was an awesome issue. Putting a killer whale with a person (who died by being eaten alive) is an ominously creative introduction. Gordon revealing that Sonia Branch is in fact the daughter of the man responsible for the death of Dick's parents was a great move. We're told Sonia was raised mostly away from her from her father, and her apparent fear at the end works to confirm that she is in fact good. Of course, that may be what Snyder wants us to believe. Considering it ends with Batman about to be crushed to death, traps cannot be ruled out. All in all, great issue with so many possibilities. The only negative thing I have to say is that it felt too short.
Jock is fantastic. The page with Batman falling through frames was amazing. You have to appreciate how Jock gets facial expressions across. Like the last page, priceless. I'm also a big fan of his covers, although when first seeing this one a month or two ago, I was pretty sure a dinosaur would be involved. Now I feel like an idiot.