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Following the events of Detective Comics Vol. 3: Greetings from Gotham, Year of the Villain kicks into overdrive with an icy spin! Victor Fries has only ever wanted one thing to bring his wife Nora back to life in a healthy body. Now, with Lex Luthor's aid, Victor's wish will finally come true. But how will Nora adjust to the new world she has missed? And how will Batman tr Following the events of Detective Comics Vol. 3: Greetings from Gotham, Year of the Villain kicks into overdrive with an icy spin! Victor Fries has only ever wanted one thing to bring his wife Nora back to life in a healthy body. Now, with Lex Luthor's aid, Victor's wish will finally come true. But how will Nora adjust to the new world she has missed? And how will Batman try to tear Victor's dream away from him? Peter J. Tomasi (Adventures of the Super Sons, Superman, Green Lantern Corps) continues his acclaimed run on one of comics longest running series: Detective Comics! This hardcover edition collects Detective Comics #1012-1017


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Following the events of Detective Comics Vol. 3: Greetings from Gotham, Year of the Villain kicks into overdrive with an icy spin! Victor Fries has only ever wanted one thing to bring his wife Nora back to life in a healthy body. Now, with Lex Luthor's aid, Victor's wish will finally come true. But how will Nora adjust to the new world she has missed? And how will Batman tr Following the events of Detective Comics Vol. 3: Greetings from Gotham, Year of the Villain kicks into overdrive with an icy spin! Victor Fries has only ever wanted one thing to bring his wife Nora back to life in a healthy body. Now, with Lex Luthor's aid, Victor's wish will finally come true. But how will Nora adjust to the new world she has missed? And how will Batman try to tear Victor's dream away from him? Peter J. Tomasi (Adventures of the Super Sons, Superman, Green Lantern Corps) continues his acclaimed run on one of comics longest running series: Detective Comics! This hardcover edition collects Detective Comics #1012-1017

30 review for Batman: Detective Comics, Vol. 4: Cold Vengeance

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    I think Tomasi's final arc on Detective was his best. In the Year of the Villain event, Mister Freeze finally resuscitates Nora with some help from Lex Luther. It' s a neat little Faustian bargain Tomasi conceives. Then Tom Taylor writes a single issue story about an orphan who runs away from the Martha Wayne orphanage. Finally, is a little yuletide story about a Norse cult. Doug Mahnke draws the main story with about 12 different inkers. There are some off pages due to an inker or two that is a I think Tomasi's final arc on Detective was his best. In the Year of the Villain event, Mister Freeze finally resuscitates Nora with some help from Lex Luther. It' s a neat little Faustian bargain Tomasi conceives. Then Tom Taylor writes a single issue story about an orphan who runs away from the Martha Wayne orphanage. Finally, is a little yuletide story about a Norse cult. Doug Mahnke draws the main story with about 12 different inkers. There are some off pages due to an inker or two that is anormal for Mahnke. Fernando Blanco and Scott Godlewski capably draw the two shorter stories respectively.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Mister Freeze is kidnapping ladies who look like his beloved frozen Nora in a new attempt to resurrect her - and he does! But she’s not as he remembered… Peter Tomasi continues his no-hitter streak with the dismal fourth volume of this Detective Comics run, Cold Vengeance. This is the storyline he teased sporadically in the last book and it’s an underwhelming and completely forgettable one. Freeze and Nora go on a crime spree until Batman stops them - it’s like an overlong kid’s cartoon and I wa Mister Freeze is kidnapping ladies who look like his beloved frozen Nora in a new attempt to resurrect her - and he does! But she’s not as he remembered… Peter Tomasi continues his no-hitter streak with the dismal fourth volume of this Detective Comics run, Cold Vengeance. This is the storyline he teased sporadically in the last book and it’s an underwhelming and completely forgettable one. Freeze and Nora go on a crime spree until Batman stops them - it’s like an overlong kid’s cartoon and I was never entertained once. Batman’s new Firebat suit is kinda cool though - I’ll say this about Tomasi: he gives Batman some interesting new Batsuits in his stories. Remember the Hellbat suit from his Batman & Robin run when Batman went on a jolly to Apokolips? Also, apparently Lex Luthor is doing something because he sends up this giant neon green light over the Gotham skyline but it’s unclear what it is. I guess we have to read one of the Superman titles to find out but I feel like if you’re not going to explain it, don’t put it in. The one respite of not-crapness in the book is Tom Taylor/Fernando Blanco’s Detective Comics #1017. Orphans are going missing in one of Wayne’s orphanages so Batman and Robin investigate. It’s a more thoughtful, less cartoony and vastly more human story than Tomasi’s rubbish, that reminds Batman that Bruce Wayne is equally as important as his superhero alter ego. If only Taylor/Blanco had their own run of Detective Comics instead of Tomasi and Doug Mahnke stinking it up for book after book… And then we’re back in the dregs for the worst story to close out this book: some pagan viking wants to do some ritual at Christmas. Two issues - two! - for something that should barely feature as anything more than a subplot. That’s how little Tomasi’s got to offer. Drivel. Maybe pick this one up for the Taylor/Blanco issue if you’re a fan of either creator (or just get that standalone issue and ignore this book entirely), but otherwise Detective Comics, Volume 4: Cold Vengeance is another godawful addition to Tomasi’s unceasingly woeful run on this title.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Subham

    This was a big read. It starts with Freeze getting henchmen and abducting women who look like his wife and then she is free and he makes her like him aka Mrs Freeze and they have their own share of Gotham robberies and all until Batman comes in to stop them. But he won't go down as he has the Thermal bat suit which looks cool. Multiple clashes happen and then Nora betrays him as the thing Luthor gave him to resurrect her is twisting her mind and its a big clash and things will change forever betw This was a big read. It starts with Freeze getting henchmen and abducting women who look like his wife and then she is free and he makes her like him aka Mrs Freeze and they have their own share of Gotham robberies and all until Batman comes in to stop them. But he won't go down as he has the Thermal bat suit which looks cool. Multiple clashes happen and then Nora betrays him as the thing Luthor gave him to resurrect her is twisting her mind and its a big clash and things will change forever between the bat and freeze. And then there are stories where Batman searches for missing children from his shelter and that was such a human story and great one. Plus Batman vs Pagan cult who wanna summon a historic god but its something else. Its a big volume with loads of stories with winter and falling snow as the background and reads so well and is fun and Batman vs Freeze and one of the best stories Tomasi has told and I enjoyed it thoroughly and the story at the end was weird but nonetheless cold winter and the excellent art was worth it!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. Continuing the Year of the Villain DC comic book event, this latest volume in the Detective Comics series focuses on Victor Fries and his long-awaited dream revolving around his wife Nora. The day he learned of the rapidly deteriorating health of his beloved one, his heart started to melt but his mind searched for solutions, even if the means to his end meant crime and death of countless innocent lives. As he dreams for the day he finally finds You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. Continuing the Year of the Villain DC comic book event, this latest volume in the Detective Comics series focuses on Victor Fries and his long-awaited dream revolving around his wife Nora. The day he learned of the rapidly deteriorating health of his beloved one, his heart started to melt but his mind searched for solutions, even if the means to his end meant crime and death of countless innocent lives. As he dreams for the day he finally finds a solution that could thaw her out from her cryogenic chamber and embrace a new life, Mr. Freeze has always tilted back and forth between reason and criminality as he patiently waited for the day to come when he might finally have what he has longed for for far too many years. Collecting issues #1012-1019, writer Peter J. Tomasi explores a story-arc that will thaw through Victor Fries’ conscious until he realizes the inevitable consequences of his actions. What is Batman: Detective Comics: Cold Vengeance about? The story focuses on Victor Fries’ dream of bringing his wife Nora back to life, currently stuck in a cryogenic chamber at the mercy of his blinded love and passion for her past self. It is only thanks to a mysterious new substance procured by Lex Luthor that Victor Fries might finally see his dream come true. Unfortunately for him, his greatest wish comes with a surprise as Nora’s second chance at life sheds light on her own point of view on Victor Fries’ dreams of resurrection. This volume also collects a one-shot story about Bruce Wayne’s desire to help a runaway orphan while dealing with Gotham’s innumerable crimes as well as a grim two-part story where he goes up against a supernatural pagan spirit during the Holidays. While writer Peter J. Tomasi’s story-arcs so far in his Detective Comics run have been subpar to anyone’s expectations, this latest story centered around Victor Fries turned out much more self-contained, semi-polished, and mildly interesting. The premise of seeing Mr. Freeze reunited with his wife Nora is supposedly an obvious terrain to explore over the past years but seems rarely rehashed but his latest take on it offers fans the chance to see Batman in a new suit of armor, Freeze and his wife going full-out Bonnie and Clyde, and Freeze having to look in an unusual direction for help when his plans implode. Unfortunately, the story remains superficially entertaining, to say the least, and plays out like a cartoon episode lacking any true emotional depth that would’ve been expected from this story. Luckily, writer Tom Taylor’s one-shot orphan story, as well as writer Peter J. Tomasi’s two-part pagan holiday story, offer much more bang (really, not that much, to be honest) for your buck by the end of this volume. On the artistic front, it is safe to say that there is nothing exceptional accomplished throughout this volume but the final two-part story-arc presents Scott Godlewski’s artwork and it significantly stands out from the rest with its vibrant, clearly-defined, and solid artistic style. The rest of the volume remains decent enough to not warrant any complaints, mostly capitalizing on a harsher and rougher style that adds a certain grim tone to the overall story while colourist David Baron cleanly fills the pages with the usual tone and shading. As previously mentioned, the biggest surprise here remains Batman’s latest suit of armor to battle Mr. Freeze, a truly exciting visual spectacle that is sure to excite certain readers (especially younger ones) for its mere concept. Hopefully, this volume, a bit coerced by the recent DC event, is a promise of better stories to come in future volumes. Batman: Detective Comics: Cold Vengeance is an unimpressive collection of stories especially centered around Victor Fries and his reacquaintance with his soulmate Nora. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/

  5. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Another decent tale if nothing special. Watching Freeze bring his wife back from the dead is a interesting idea. But the actual plot itself is just okay. Her going batshit crazy was kind of a lame idea. I feel like the idea of regret coming back to life would have worked better. The one off with Damien and Bruce working to find the orphans was a awesome tale, both sad and well done. Also the final tale of Bruce working with the police was decent too. I personally enjoyed it enough to read it but Another decent tale if nothing special. Watching Freeze bring his wife back from the dead is a interesting idea. But the actual plot itself is just okay. Her going batshit crazy was kind of a lame idea. I feel like the idea of regret coming back to life would have worked better. The one off with Damien and Bruce working to find the orphans was a awesome tale, both sad and well done. Also the final tale of Bruce working with the police was decent too. I personally enjoyed it enough to read it but wasn't wowed by anything here. Peter J. Tomasi is a great writer and his Batman and Robin run is legendary IMO one of my favorite Batman runs. But this is just okay. A 3 out of 5.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Cold Vengeance is the Year Of The Villain arc for Detective Comics, which involves Mister Freeze resurrecting his wife Nora, who promptly goes on a crime spree, meaning Batman and Freeze must work together in order to stop her. I know a lot of stories surrounding Freeze invariably involve his wife, but I feel like this has been done before? I'm pretty sure it hasn't, but it's such a familiar vein that I can't shake the feeling that I've seen it somewhere before. It's not BAD, but there's somethi Cold Vengeance is the Year Of The Villain arc for Detective Comics, which involves Mister Freeze resurrecting his wife Nora, who promptly goes on a crime spree, meaning Batman and Freeze must work together in order to stop her. I know a lot of stories surrounding Freeze invariably involve his wife, but I feel like this has been done before? I'm pretty sure it hasn't, but it's such a familiar vein that I can't shake the feeling that I've seen it somewhere before. It's not BAD, but there's something off about the entire thing and I can't really explain why. It does look great though - Doug Mahnke's slick pencils are the perfect fit for an icy story. Also included in this volume are the one-and-done Orphans story from last Christmas, which is from Tom Taylor and Fernando Blanco. This is a great little one-shot that reminds us all that Batman does have a heart beneath all that kevlar. Then Scott Godlewski joins Tomasi for the next two-parter which is also holiday themed, but a little more wrote and a little less jolly as Batman battles a pagan 'deity'. This volume of Detective isn't bad - the supplementary issues are actually better than the main story, I think. Maybe if you've not read many Freeze stories before you won't get the same sense of deja vu that I had?

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shaun Stanley

    Detective Comics Vol. 4 Cold Vengeance collects issues 1012-1019 by Peter Tomasi. With the aid of Luthor tech, Mr. Freeze will finally able to "cure" Nora and release her from suspended animation. Before he takes a chance on Nora, Freeze has first kidnapped many young women across Gotham to test this new cure. Another arc contains a mysterious Norseman who is ritualistically killing citizens. Finally, there is a one-off issue by Tom Taylor about a missing teenager from Bruce Wayne's orphanage. T Detective Comics Vol. 4 Cold Vengeance collects issues 1012-1019 by Peter Tomasi. With the aid of Luthor tech, Mr. Freeze will finally able to "cure" Nora and release her from suspended animation. Before he takes a chance on Nora, Freeze has first kidnapped many young women across Gotham to test this new cure. Another arc contains a mysterious Norseman who is ritualistically killing citizens. Finally, there is a one-off issue by Tom Taylor about a missing teenager from Bruce Wayne's orphanage. These were some great arcs. The arc about Nora was interesting and it is kind of shocking it hasn't been done before (if it has, I'm not aware of it). The arc with the Norseman was some cheesey holiday fun. I also really liked Tom Taylor's issue and would love to see more from him on a future Bat book. The art is all pretty strong here as well.

  8. 5 out of 5

    RG

    So far I havent really been that impressed with Tomasis run. This involved Victor Fries and his wife, who once revived goes on some crime spree. Victor and the Bat kinda join forces etx etc. It just doesn't feel overly original. The artwork is inpressive though, especially the pencil work. Hopefully the next arc kicks this into gear So far I havent really been that impressed with Tomasis run. This involved Victor Fries and his wife, who once revived goes on some crime spree. Victor and the Bat kinda join forces etx etc. It just doesn't feel overly original. The artwork is inpressive though, especially the pencil work. Hopefully the next arc kicks this into gear

  9. 4 out of 5

    Adam Fisher

    In the entire history of the character, Mr. Freeze has had one criminal goal: make enough money to fund the research and development of the tech he needs to get his wife Nora Fries to be restored to life. You could say that it is the defining characteristic of who he is. What happens when his goal is achieved? Highlights: - Nora Fries returns to the living! His most recent experiment (using the DNA of Gotham women of similar type as Nora) has Victor finally developing the cure (once it was added t In the entire history of the character, Mr. Freeze has had one criminal goal: make enough money to fund the research and development of the tech he needs to get his wife Nora Fries to be restored to life. You could say that it is the defining characteristic of who he is. What happens when his goal is achieved? Highlights: - Nora Fries returns to the living! His most recent experiment (using the DNA of Gotham women of similar type as Nora) has Victor finally developing the cure (once it was added to by Apex Lex as part of the Year of the Villain storyline) to Nora's cancer. Bringing her back to life has issues, as she has become more violent and power hungry. Ms. Freeze (complete with blue skin and cold gun skills) lets the power get to her head and leaves Victor. Even when Victor teams up with Batman, she gets the better of him and gets him landed in the cryo chamber to heal. - A short story has Bruce investigating an orphanage that was started by his mother. Kids are disappearing. While it takes Batman and Robin to do some of the leg work, Bruce takes center stage to save the day on this one. - Another short story, this time about Christmas time, and a villain who comes straight out of Viking myth. A cult is trying to do a sacrifice to awaken a Solstice demon... Overall, a good Volume, but I am looking forward to seeing things get back to normal with Selina. Hoping after the Joker War, we get back to their unresolved drama. Recommend.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    Detective Comics: Cold Vengeance picks up where the previous volume left off and collecting the next eight issues (Detective Comics #1012–1019) of the 2016 on-going series and covers four storylines: "Freeze Frame", "Cold Dark World", "Orphans", and "Dead of Winter". "Freeze Frame" is a one-issue storyline (Detective Comics #1012) and "Cold Dark World" is a four-issue storyline (Detective Comics #1013–1016) that has Victor Fries as Mister Freeze finally resurrects his frozen wife but, unexpectedl Detective Comics: Cold Vengeance picks up where the previous volume left off and collecting the next eight issues (Detective Comics #1012–1019) of the 2016 on-going series and covers four storylines: "Freeze Frame", "Cold Dark World", "Orphans", and "Dead of Winter". "Freeze Frame" is a one-issue storyline (Detective Comics #1012) and "Cold Dark World" is a four-issue storyline (Detective Comics #1013–1016) that has Victor Fries as Mister Freeze finally resurrects his frozen wife but, unexpectedly, has Nora take to a life of crime. The entire storyline is an interesting twist one's expectations, with Nora actually rejecting her husband and becoming an even more threatening villain than he ever was and it is up to Bruce Wayne as Batman to stop her. "Orphans" is a one-issue storyline (Detective Comics #1017) that tells the story of Bruce Wayne uncovering a child trafficking operation within one of his own orphanages. "Dead of Winter" is a two-issue storyline (Detective Comics #1018–1019) which has a cult attempting to summon a Norse god but accidentally summoning a demon. With the exception of one issue, which was penned by Tom Taylor (Detective Comics #1017), the rest of trade paperback was penned by Peter Tomasi. For the most part the trade paperback was written moderately well. Tomasi has written an interesting adventure with a twist on expectations, with Nora actually rejecting her husband and becoming an even more threatening villain than he was. Taylor's story is a well-written executed story that shows Batman is more than just throwing punches. The final story has a fair amount of action and tension. However, it isn't nearly as interesting as the other stories in this book and, ultimately, feels pretty forgettable. Doug Mahnke (Detective Comics #1012–1016), Scott Godlewski (Detective Comics #1018–1019), Jose Luis (Detective Comics #1015), Tyler Kirkham (Detective Comics #1016), and Fernado Blanco (Detective Comics #1017) penciled the trade paperback. For the most part the pencilers have distinct penciling styles, but complement each other well. Mahnke's gritty and realistic take on Batman allows the tension and unease within the storyline to come through. Blanco takes over for a beautifully depicted story about a real world problem. Finally, Godlewski takes over for an imaginative mix of Gotham City and Norse mythology with an art style here is more stylized than it is in the rest of the book, which helps considering the less grounded nature of the story being told. Ultimately, the artwork in this book suits and enhances each story, which makes this a better book overall, despite the overall uneven flow of the trade paperback. All in all, Detective Comics: Cold Vengeance is a mediocre continuation to what would hopefully be a wonderful series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Dragged out storyline with a fairly fantastic (as in unbelievable) 'new' (if you think a mean-girl clone of an existing baddie is 'new') villain. Dragged out storyline with a fairly fantastic (as in unbelievable) 'new' (if you think a mean-girl clone of an existing baddie is 'new') villain.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Bautista

    Since the last full story arc in Detective Comics which introduced and featured the Arkham Knight ended, there were a few short self-contained-ish stories that were strung together. However, in the middle of all that, we saw Mr. Freeze working with Lex Luthor on something. In the context of this stretch of stories, it seemed like a strange addition. However, that seemingly random tease of a story was actually the setup for this story arc featured here in Volume 4 where Victor Fries has a new-new Since the last full story arc in Detective Comics which introduced and featured the Arkham Knight ended, there were a few short self-contained-ish stories that were strung together. However, in the middle of all that, we saw Mr. Freeze working with Lex Luthor on something. In the context of this stretch of stories, it seemed like a strange addition. However, that seemingly random tease of a story was actually the setup for this story arc featured here in Volume 4 where Victor Fries has a new-new plan to rescue his young, beautiful wife from her cancer that he cryogenically put on hold until he could come up with a way to cure her illness. This is not a spoiler. This is basically Mr. Freeze's only motivation in life (canonically speaking)--and that is on display here. However, this story arc surprised me because it asked a question I never thought about... What does Nora Fries, who has been frozen in stasis for all these years, think about all this... It's a fascinating angle to a legacy rogue villain and it had me intrigued. This story was worth the price of admission. The other story arc in this volume seemed to be a mix of mystery, horror, cultism and grifting that was equal parts horrifying, shocking, and strange. It has a very "narrative" end which technically resolves/ties up the story, but it's such a disturbing story that this kind of ending simply leaves me with a "feeling" like it's unresolved. Yet, for all my nit-picking, this structure may well be intentional and makes it a horrifying, yet intriguing, Batman story. I'd say that this volume would not be too bad a place to pick up the Detective Comics storyline. If you missed the last volume, all you'd need to know is that Lex met up with Victor Fries at some point recently. Everything else is pretty much laid out here and can be picked up in the reading of this volume on its own. On a somewhat related note, it does seem that the events of Batman #77 (no spoilers here) come before chronologically before Detective Comics #1017, so you can be aware of that little detail.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Norman Cook

    Collects issues #1012-1019 This should have been a bigger story than what we got. Mr. Freeze has been trying to cure his wife Nora for years, and when he finally does it should have been a huge deal, but it really was just another day for Batman fighting weird supervillains. I liked Nora's ambivalence after being resurrected after so long. Mr. Freeze may have still been madly in love with her, but from her perspective his resurrection of her was just a selfish indulgence. When she finally gets ar Collects issues #1012-1019 This should have been a bigger story than what we got. Mr. Freeze has been trying to cure his wife Nora for years, and when he finally does it should have been a huge deal, but it really was just another day for Batman fighting weird supervillains. I liked Nora's ambivalence after being resurrected after so long. Mr. Freeze may have still been madly in love with her, but from her perspective his resurrection of her was just a selfish indulgence. When she finally gets around to seeing this new world, what does she do? Join her husband in a crime spree. This didn't make a lot of sense, other than to let Tomasi give Batman some detective work to do. Another thing that bothered me somewhat was that Nora was drawn more like a hulking athlete than a petite ballerina (especially since I assume she would be a bit emaciated after all that time in suspended animation). Nevertheless, this arc was more interesting than some of the world-ending events going on in Batman's own title, where things often get unbelievably out of hand and then resolved quickly via some deus ex machina. Here we see Batman (with Alfred's help) doing actual science and detective work. The other stories in this volume are a mixed bag. The one-shot by Tom Taylor about a missing teenager from Bruce Wayne's orphanage is a strong character study. The two-parter about the Norse cult is silly, taking a weird supernatural turn late in the story and Batman essentially going, "well, these things happen; I can't explain it," probably never to be referred to again. The artwork by Doug Mahnke is crisp. I wish the inkers had been more consistent, but overall it isn't bad.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kyle Berk

    Of all writers that have penned Batman for a significant amount of time and across multiple series I think Tomasi might be my favorite characterization. I think his Batman is so solid with such a bedrock voice that it bridges the gap between all the series he’s written Batman for. That’s the initial reason I started pulling Detective comics and it’s no less true here. A Mr. Freeze arc in year of the villain, a delightful issue penned by Tom Taylor, and a two parter cult murder mystery. Doug Mahnke Of all writers that have penned Batman for a significant amount of time and across multiple series I think Tomasi might be my favorite characterization. I think his Batman is so solid with such a bedrock voice that it bridges the gap between all the series he’s written Batman for. That’s the initial reason I started pulling Detective comics and it’s no less true here. A Mr. Freeze arc in year of the villain, a delightful issue penned by Tom Taylor, and a two parter cult murder mystery. Doug Mahnke is on pencils throughout the freeze story mostly with a few inkers which can give his pencils different looks at different times. I love his pencils though. The art is solid though the book and the story offend gives it big moments to showcase itself and breath from the words. It has a nice flow. This is a very solid Batman read. With the qualifier that if you aren’t already a Batman fan I don’t think this one will change your mind as it is such a solid classic Batman voice as I mentioned in the first paragraph. This is the sort of characterization I expect most of the time in the best way. I enjoyed the hell out of this collection and can easily recommend it to any Batman fan. 4 stars.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Blindzider

    A multi-part story with Mr. Freeze which finally deals with the whole issue of his wife, Nora. On one hand, it's nice to see this finally be resolved. On the other, it creates a change in the Batman mythos which can be hard for some of us long-timers. All the pieces pretty much make sense, albeit a little bit forced. You can see what's going to happen pretty quickly so at that point you just watch everything unfold. We'll see if this becomes long-term or not. This also includes a one-shot by Tom A multi-part story with Mr. Freeze which finally deals with the whole issue of his wife, Nora. On one hand, it's nice to see this finally be resolved. On the other, it creates a change in the Batman mythos which can be hard for some of us long-timers. All the pieces pretty much make sense, albeit a little bit forced. You can see what's going to happen pretty quickly so at that point you just watch everything unfold. We'll see if this becomes long-term or not. This also includes a one-shot by Tom Taylor, reminding Bruce there are other people in Gotham that need help. Lastly, a two-parter about some ritualistic killings. Fairly routine, although in some ways it's nice to read a simple detective story that doesn't have this epic, status quo changing plot.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    *Lots of reading + no time review = Knee-jerk reactions!* Honestly, I've been really enjoying that last few Batman stories I've read. Top-notch writing and interesting ideas live up to the complexity we expect from a character dubbed "The World's Greatest Detective." This story actually saw Mr. Freeze reunited with his wife... and it going horribly wrong! I never thought about her becoming a villain, but that sort of betrayal, heartbreak, and tragic spiral were handled perfectly--leading to a Bat *Lots of reading + no time review = Knee-jerk reactions!* Honestly, I've been really enjoying that last few Batman stories I've read. Top-notch writing and interesting ideas live up to the complexity we expect from a character dubbed "The World's Greatest Detective." This story actually saw Mr. Freeze reunited with his wife... and it going horribly wrong! I never thought about her becoming a villain, but that sort of betrayal, heartbreak, and tragic spiral were handled perfectly--leading to a Batman and Mr. Freeze team-up! Absolutely excellent, though I shouldn't be surprised: Peter J. Tomasi never disappoints.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Basic Plot: Mr. Freeze manages to revive his wife, but the results are not what was expected, and Batman enters the scene to help clean up the mess. This story is very much the embodiment of "be careful what you wish for, you just might get it." I almost felt sorry for Victor. Almost. The story was well crafted and a good addition to the Year of the Villain. It gives further clues that Luthor's offers are more dangerous than they seem. The pacing is good and the art is also good throughout. A ver Basic Plot: Mr. Freeze manages to revive his wife, but the results are not what was expected, and Batman enters the scene to help clean up the mess. This story is very much the embodiment of "be careful what you wish for, you just might get it." I almost felt sorry for Victor. Almost. The story was well crafted and a good addition to the Year of the Villain. It gives further clues that Luthor's offers are more dangerous than they seem. The pacing is good and the art is also good throughout. A very solid book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Robby

    I had been waiting for Tomasi's Detective run to "warm up," and this is finally that moment. We get an important story for an iconic villain that actually changes the status quo (for now) and feels true to that villain's mythos. We also get two well-crafted, winter-themed shorter stories that feel like they were given much more effort than previous filler material. What more could one want on a record-breaking cold winter's day? I had been waiting for Tomasi's Detective run to "warm up," and this is finally that moment. We get an important story for an iconic villain that actually changes the status quo (for now) and feels true to that villain's mythos. We also get two well-crafted, winter-themed shorter stories that feel like they were given much more effort than previous filler material. What more could one want on a record-breaking cold winter's day?

  19. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Collects Detective Comics #1012-1019 Long before reading this collection, I heard about this story, and was intrigued by the new direction they were taking the Mr. Freeze mythology. SPOILERS: I really liked that they finally thawed out Mr. Freeze's wife, and I like that she turned into a villain in her own right. This collection left me with the feeling that Mr. Freeze would be out of the picture for a while, and Mrs. Freeze would be the main ice-based supervillain for Batman for now. Collects Detective Comics #1012-1019 Long before reading this collection, I heard about this story, and was intrigued by the new direction they were taking the Mr. Freeze mythology. SPOILERS: I really liked that they finally thawed out Mr. Freeze's wife, and I like that she turned into a villain in her own right. This collection left me with the feeling that Mr. Freeze would be out of the picture for a while, and Mrs. Freeze would be the main ice-based supervillain for Batman for now.

  20. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    You knew that once Nora Fries was unfrozen that it would not end well for Mr. Freeze. I think that everyone thought that she would be horrified at everything that he had done. This was not the ending that I think anyone had in mind, and the author created a nice escape hatch in the plot, but it was extremely dissatisfying as far as I'm concerned. You knew that once Nora Fries was unfrozen that it would not end well for Mr. Freeze. I think that everyone thought that she would be horrified at everything that he had done. This was not the ending that I think anyone had in mind, and the author created a nice escape hatch in the plot, but it was extremely dissatisfying as far as I'm concerned.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Emanuel Lopes

    Um ótimo volume. Todo o foco nos dois vilões é muito bom de se ler, e a completa inversão de status quo que ambos sofrem no final é o ápice da história. Além, disso amei especialmente a oneshot no final, sobre os órfãos, pois ela é tão simples e ao mesmo tempo tão poderosa no sentido de ir fundo no emocional do personagem. Espero ver o Tom Taylor escrevendo mais do personagem algum dia.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Adam Graham

    This book collects eight issues of Detective Comics by Peter Tomasi: This starts out with the titular story, "Cold Vengeance" which ties into Lex Luthor messing around with things and giving villains gifts. In this case, Mr. Freeze is given a chance to cure his wife Nora. This doesn't go quite as planned and there are a number of good turns along the way. This story was definitely entertaining. Then we get the one shot story, "Orphan" guest written by Tom Taylor that deals with problem at an orpho This book collects eight issues of Detective Comics by Peter Tomasi: This starts out with the titular story, "Cold Vengeance" which ties into Lex Luthor messing around with things and giving villains gifts. In this case, Mr. Freeze is given a chance to cure his wife Nora. This doesn't go quite as planned and there are a number of good turns along the way. This story was definitely entertaining. Then we get the one shot story, "Orphan" guest written by Tom Taylor that deals with problem at an orphonage named for Bruce Wayne's mother. This one packs an emotional twist and Robin (Damian Wayne) is involved and gives another dimension to that relationship. It's simple and heartfelt. Finally, we have the two-parter, "Dead of Winter" which involves someone strange pagan rituals around Christmastime. It's a good seasonal tale that while not great, is still a fun read. Overall, this is another solid book in a good run for Detective comics.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    I really like seeing the Mrs. Freeze and her descent into madness. It made want an episode of a show with Mrs. Freeze turning against Mr. Freeze, and becoming evil/a bad guy.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ming

    The bulk of it is a Freeze story that had an interesting premise but goes on far too long with too much pointless action. The shorter tales worked better.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Eric Mikols

  26. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

  27. 5 out of 5

    Josh

  28. 4 out of 5

    Phillip

  29. 4 out of 5

    Wasan Syananondh

  30. 4 out of 5

    Adsun22

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