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Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 1: Faces of Death (The New 52) (Batman - Detective Comics)
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Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 1: Faces of Death (The New 52) (Batman - Detective Comics) [Kindle Edition]

Tony S. Daniel
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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"This is your go-to book.""--Entertainment Weekly" ""Detective Comics" is head-spinningly spectacular from top to bottom.""--MTV Geek""An exciting take on Bats and Joker as they play cat and mouse through the streets of Gotham City, and a haunting last page that is extremely killer. That alone will have most readers coming back next month.""--USA Today""From the Hardcover edition."

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As a part of the acclaimed DC Comics—The New 52 event of September 2011, Detective Comics is relaunched for the first time ever with an all-new number #1! Bruce Wayne returns as Batman, and sets his sights on new villain the Gotham Ripper, who in turn has his sights on Batman. Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne explores a budding romance with television journalist Charlotte Rivers, who's visiting Gotham City to cover the gruesome slayings–while also trying to uncover Bruce's own mystery. But time is running out as both Commissioner Gordon and Batman work to uncover the true identity of this new serial killer.

This volume collects issues 1-7 of Detective Comics, part of the DC Comics—The New 52 event.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 88743 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (12 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008E0V930
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #136,032 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Faces of boring 19 July 2012
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER

The book is about as close to cookie-cutter Batman as you can get. It opens with Batman running across the Gotham skyline in pursuit of Joker. Cut to Arkham Asylum and Joker's in a straitjacket talking menacingly to doctors and then inevitably he escapes. Then Batman is after Penguin who's opened a new Iceberg Casino floating in Gotham Bay which leads to Penguin's arrest. The book's over. Ho hum.

Despite the inclusion of these stalwarts of Batman's rogues gallery, there are some more interesting villains thrown into the mix: Dollmaker is creepy with his collection of disfigured human dolls and the side story involving him removing Joker's face was intriguing but didn't go anywhere (probably to be explored in later volumes). There's also a weird kid called Olivia whose dead eyes were unnerving as she played on peoples' perceptions of what a pre-pubescent girl should behave like and came across as a psychopath in the early stages of development. But that's pretty much where the good parts of the book end.

The Joker storyline doesn't really go anywhere, it leads to the Dollmaker and then just peters out - presumably we'll find out what happens to Joker after his face was removed in another volume but it's still an unsatisfying plot thread. The Penguin storyline turns into a dull heist involving Snakeskin and Mayor Hady's foxy daughters. There's even a strange scene involving protestors doing a kind of Occupy Movement demonstration supporting the Joker(!).

I've read a few Tony Daniels Batman books he's scripted and drawn - "Battle for the Cowl", "Life After Death", "Eyes of the Beholder" - and like those books "Faces of Death" shows that his artistry far exceeds his writing ability.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Old school Batman stories 3 Jun 2013
By No More Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER
This volume reprints issues #1-7 of the `New 52' Batman - Detective Comics series. This contains two stories, the four-part `Faces of Death', and a three-part `Russian Roulette'. This series appears to be set in an `earlier' period, as there is only Batman, with Alfred, Gordon and Bullock in the supporting cast, and no mention of any other Bat-family members, though that is not conclusive evidence. It is certainly not a `year one' scenario, as it is in the `New 52' Action Comics. `Faces of Death' is a blood-splattered grotesquery, the sort of thing we'd expect from Grant Morrison - although I have just remembered that the writer/artist on this book drew Morrison's blood-splattered grotesquerys, so he's entitled to draw his own; the second is a complicated heist / conspiracy story, which is tied back to the background characters of the first.

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"Faces of Death " is a Joker story, though the main protagonist is the Dollmaker and his family of surgically altered loonies, who's own father was killed by a young Jim Gordon, and he's back for revenge on Gordon, who is bait in a trap to capture Batman, who is to be auctioned off, as well as using his surgical skills to remove the Joker's face.

`Russian Roulette' involves a complicated scam to rob the vaults of the Penguin's floating casino, which is also a front for his banking services to the criminal fraternity. Bruce Wayne's current girlfriend, who happens to be an investigative journalist, goes undercover to investigate, just as a major robbery, involving a family member, is underway...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Faboulous! 2 July 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Very good story! Fantastic writer/artist! He transmit a powerfull "ambience" of Gotham and caracterize very well batman! Faboulous!
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4.0 out of 5 stars More than Face Value 27 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I read a library copy of the paperback.
Other reviews say this title is not a patch on other Batman products out there in the new 52 and whilst that may well be true I found it more than satisfying enough.
I haven’t seriously collected Batman for many years but have dipped in and out every now and then for the big events etc.
The story arcs here are nothing particularly groundbreaking – except for the obvious development for the Joker in that one issue, - but this is a solid well crafted product.
I took from this that the new52 is not that far divorced from the previous continuity and yet it is still a fair jumping on point.
I would recommend this volume as an appetiser for any of the revamped Bat-titles that’s how I used it – but I warn you – it could open the floodgates!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre but still entertaining 12 Dec 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Sadly this is a bit of a run of the mill Batman story. It would have perhaps have faired better pre-new 52. However, as it stands this feels like an early 2000 bog standard filler run, not bad totally serviceable, but placed alongside the Court of Owls, and the successor to this story, Death of the Family, it seems so... 2 dimensional and just killing time until the real story turns up.

And that's ultimately the only real reason to read this, it serves as a precursor for the later joker story, setting up the shift in the character. But really, this is for completists only and should likely be avoided by all but the few who really want have the whole story, even the mediocre bits.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Really disappointing, dark knight? Dark tripe! 20 Nov 2013
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It started out promisingly, the joker featured for a few pages and then he disappeared for the rest of the story. Enough intrigue kept me mildly interested but the scene where the penguin introduced some new adversaries seemed childish and ill conceived. No real cohesion to the tale and not a patch on the batman- court of owls story. Avoid this one, it's dull.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly Average
Well what can I say about this volume it's not the worst Batman story I've read but it's far from the best as well. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Phantom Stranger
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings
I was really getting into this book and felt like it was heading into exciting territory, however sadly it felt like it just petered out. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr. K. L. Coxon
3.0 out of 5 stars very mixed could be better
This is Volume one of Batman Detective Comics and it is a very very mixed novel

their are two story arcs in this novel

the first one is the "Faces of Death"... Read more
Published 11 months ago by William MccAndless
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable
I ordered this a few days ago, after hearing about the new 52 launch, and as someone who has never really been 'into' comic books, i decided to dive right in, i brought this one as... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jamie Rea
2.0 out of 5 stars yeah... it's sort of meh
I wasn't expecting Detective Comics to rise to the greatness of Batman or Batman and Robin, what with Batman's Night of the Owls storyline in full throttle and Peter Tomasi's great... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Andy Patterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh change
Tony Daniel has done an amazing job with this series of detective comics especially given it was the new 52.
Published 18 months ago by Darren
5.0 out of 5 stars Batman
Really good book read it on the fire hd the frames looked amazing. The story was good it kept moving you through wanting you to read the next page.
Published 20 months ago by Richard Morgan
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent price for a not terribly good graphic novel
Wonderful to be able to view graphic novels in Kindle, but this wasn't one of the better ones.

Still for 77p you can't really complain, as each separate issue in this... Read more
Published on 18 Aug 2012 by R. John
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