Okay. I'll admit it. Detective Comics hasn't been the same since the end of "The Victim Syndicate", 10 issues ago. The triple whammy of losing Tim, Stephanie, and the regular art team, and a diminished role of Batwoman, took it's toll. It was still entertaining, but wasn't blow you away awesome in the same manner that those first two arcs were.
Detective Comics #958 - the first part of the series' fourth arc "Intelligence", is a real return to earlier form. I loved it.
Firstly, Martinez and Lopez are back on art. Immediately elevating everything; this is really beautiful looking book.
The story is an Azrael centric arc, that opens with what I assume is a deliberate callback to The Sword of Azrael. The Order of St. Dumas are always a fun set of villains, and their actions here promise some pretty cool fireworks to come.
Batwing is starting to grow on me. Kate had a small, but endearing cameo. And the last page?
Can't wait for the next issue!