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Batman: Detective Comics, Vol. 4: Cold Vengeance

(Detective Comics (2016) #13)

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  97 ratings  ·  11 reviews
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
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Published December 29th 2020 by DC Comics
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Jan 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
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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
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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
James DeSantis
Jan 18, 2021 rated it liked it
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
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
Shaun Stanley
Jan 04, 2021 rated it liked it
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.

Jan 03, 2021 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
Kyle Berk
Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2021
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
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
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? ...more
Adam Graham
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
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
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Peter J. Tomasi is an American comic book writer, best known for his work for DC Comics, such as Batman And Robin; Superman; Super Sons; Batman: Detective Comics; Green Lantern Corps; and Superman/Wonder Woman; as well as Batman: Arkham Knight; Brightest Day; Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors; Nightwing; Black Adam, and many more.

In the course of his staff career at DC Comics, Tomasi served as a gro

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