Filed under: Comic Reviews, DC Comics | Tags: Batman, DCNew52, DeteciveComics, TonyDaniel
Now after a whole month of #1s, the hard decisions come – what will I pick up the #2 of? If you’re like me (and have any sense) you’ll have pre-ordered your #2s a couple of months ago, not having laid an eye on any #1 – so it was difficult to try and guess what I’d want to keep, and what I expected to be cack! 52 issues later, and there’s both a lot of surprises, and a lot of disappointments – however the one constant in my life Batman, so there was no surprises that Detective Comics was in my pile last week.
This issue took me a little by surprise – in fact, after the first couple of pages I was left wondering if I was reading the same story as last month. Issue #1 was pretty non-stop, with a massive ending that no one saw coming, so the pressure was on to keep that momentum going. With #2 however, I got to the point of questioning if Tony Daniels was even still drawing the book, or if that was just a one issue deal.
Needless to say, my worries were put to rest once we got past the first quarter of the book. The splash page doesn’t come quite as quick this time round, but it’s still just as good when it does. What the intro lacks in oomph, the rest of the issue makes up for. I did have a worry last issue that playing the Joker card (pun INTENDED) was a bit of a cop-out for the 1st issue, drawing in an easy crowd. This issue however manages to start and distance itself a little and make a name for itself all on it’s own, leaving the Joker out of the picture and letting a new kind of nasty take centre stage.
As much as we all love Batman for his well known villains, it’s always nice to see something new – and that’s what the re-launch is all about. I had my fears that Daniel’s was playing it safe last month, but this month really sets the stage for what this comic is going to be like.
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