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Old-school Batman stories with new-school spectacular artwork,
This review is from: Batman Detective Comics Vol 2: Scare Tactics ( The New 52 ) (Hardcover)
The stories from issues #8-12 of the `New 52' Batman - Detective Comics series are reprinted, along with issue #0 and Annual #1, as Batman Detective Comics Volume 2: Scare Tactics TP (The New 52). They are an excellent collection of what I would call old-school style stories, but with spectacular high-definition artwork. They are a collection of unrelated stories, with guest appearances by Catwoman, the Scarecrow, Mr Toxic and the Mad Hatter - though no Robins. These were very entertaining stories.
THE SPOILER ZONE
Issue #8 features the Scarecrow, and a cameo by Catwoman, as Batman has to run errands for Scarecrow in order to rescue a hostage, who turns out to be the son of a very old villain - one who was in Batman issue #1, and the first Batman issue #1 at that.
Issue #9 is a Night of the Owls crossover, as Batman has to rescue Dr Arkham from the Talons, with a few guest turns from some of the guests at Arkham asylum.
Issue #10-12 is a complicated story involving Batmen-suicide criminals, time-travelling cloned mad scientists and related stuff. Grant Morrison must be envious of this plot.
Annual #1 features a struggle between the Black Mask and the Mad Hatter for power among the underworld of Gotham, as they fight over the missing masks of the former False-Face Society.
Issue #0 is a tale of the last training course that Bruce Wayne underwent before returning to Gotham to become the Batman. It is possibly inspired by the Batman Begins film, but is an infinitely superior story. Just because someone is a master of martial arts, it doesn't mean that he is a master of the marital arts.
There are also some excellent short stories featuring Harvey Dent / Two Face, which I assume were a back-up serial from Detective Comics.