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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 52nd Revised edition edition (2 Dec. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401249981
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401249984
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 1.7 x 26.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is your go-to book."--"Entertainment Weekly " ""Detective Comics" is head-spinningly spectacular from top to bottom.""--MTV Geek " "The start to something truly great."--"IGN " "A perfect transition into the medium."--"Complex Magazine"

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Once an editor for Wildstorm, John Layman turned to writing comics full-time in 2002 and mainly wrote for Marvel Comics. However, he is mostly known for his creator-owned titles at Image Comics, such as the graphic novel "Puffed" and the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning series "Chew." He currently writes the monthly adventures of the Dark Knight in DETECTIVE COMICS.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Squirr-El TOP 50 REVIEWER on 19 Dec. 2014
Format: Hardcover
The stories from issues #25-29 of the ‘New 52’ Batman – Detective Comics series are collected as Batman Detective Comics Volume 5: Gothtopia HC (The New 52). There are two single-issue stories, followed by a three-parter; and issue #27 provides a number of commemorative stories - 56 pages worth - written and illustrated by a wide range of Batman regulars, past and present, to mark the significance of Detective Comics issue #27. These are all excellently scripted and illustrated, as you would expect from the comic that gave DC its name. They are, however, just a collection of Batman stories. There are far too many Batman titles to be able to follow some sort of master plan or linked development across all of them, so just enjoy each story or collection as a single entity.

The main story in issue #25 is a tie-in to the Zero Year event over in Batman, and features Jim Gordon in a solo story. The backup story is a bridge between the main story above and the next issue, which features the conclusion to the Man-Bat storyline from the previous volume. Then issues #27-29 are the titular “Gothtopia”, which sees ‘someone’ managing to turn Gotham city into America’s safest city, where crime has been abolished, and the white-suited Batman and his assistant Catbird are almost out of a job. However, Poison Ivy goes on a rampage, claiming that everyone has been drugged, and that nothing is as it seems. She is quickly packed off to Arkham.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 100 REVIEWER on 4 Feb. 2015
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Batman awakens to a utopian Gotham - a “Gothtopia” (which sounds like a club for Cure fans) - where crime is all but wiped out and he has a happy existence with his partner in crime and in life, Catbird, aka Selina Kyle. But can this really be the White Knight’s real life - or is it a mirage?

Like a lot of the latter New 52 books, Detective Comics Volume 5 is a grab bag of issues. The opening chapter is a Zero Year tie-in where a younger Gordon deals with crooked cops and the emerging Black Mask gang while encountering Batman for the first time. Then we’re into a Manbat one-shot before beginning the three-part Gothtopia storyline. The book closes out with the bumper-sized New 52 Detective Comics #27, celebrating Batman’s 75th anniversary with this rehashed iconic numbering.

Unfortunately there’s not a whole lot here that’s worth reading. The Gordon issue was enjoyable in part and I liked Jason Fabok’s art on this and the Gothtopia opening chapter. There’s a couple of nice moments in the anniversary issue too, like the Peter J. Tomasi/Ian Bertram story where a 75 year old Bruce Wayne goes out one last time as Batman, and the Mike Barr/Guillem March has a Christmas Carol flavour to it as Phantom Stranger shows Bruce what his life - and the other lives he touched - would have been like if he hadn’t become Batman. It’s also sweetly dedicated to Batman’s creator, Bill Finger, who sadly almost never gets a mention because of Bob Kane’s shady legal hustling way back when.

Add it up though and that’s not a whole lot of positives. The Manbat issue was like every other Manbat story, involving Kirk’s wife and the serum, etc. The Gothtopia storyline feels played out as well - Batman’s hallucinating, who could it be?
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Open caveat I am a massive scarecrow fan and this is a scarecrow story. It is also one of the most original scarecrow stories in decades and looks at a whole other side of his research and what he can do to a city. It also looks at Batman and what he wants in life and answers some pretty serious fan questions with regards to the old Catwoman/Talia debate.

It is well written but not masterfully like Synder does, A- really.

My only issue is the ending. I am not going to spoil anything but Batman has a moment where he could be happy, have someone in his life and there is no cost, no damage (because it has already been done) and yet he continues to be a broody misery guts. I know the reason, it wouldn't fit with other series and Detective Comics series doesn't have the ultimate say over what is going on with Batman but it was a bit of a let down. I don't want the return of campy very likely gay with teenage boys Batman but just some small point of levity would have been nice after the events of Death of the Family have continued to leave the Bat Family broken.

Maybe I just want to write Batman comics.
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Was purchased as a Christmas present, but was loved.
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By Marquis Herring on 4 Jan. 2015
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I found this super interesting. I recommend it!
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