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Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 1: Faces of Death (The New 52) (Batman - Detective Comics) Kindle & comiXology
|Length: 176 pages|
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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.Read more ›
This volume is set somewhere in the time between the start of the new 52 and the court of the owls I think fairly early on in the timeline, after a brief Joker moment at the start (in there to set up the second major story ark in the main Batman) we get a new take on the Dollmaker with his extended family are fairly creepy but you don't ever feel they are any real threat to the Bat but the involvement of a young girl and Jim Gordon to the story does elevate it a lot but the story does seem to die with no real conclusion in place.
Then we get a story involving Bruce's girlfriend Charlotte Rivers and various criminals set around Penguin's new iceberg casino (with a brief interlude involving the son of a bat villain which was very random and out of place) frankly if you can work out the point of this story your a better person then I the word filler comes to mind when describing it.
So a mix of good and bad, it's just a shame the words detective comics on the front cover should be a pointer to quality but unfortunately this is the least of all the new 52 Batman titles not without it's moments but a real must do better all round.
"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...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have no idea why there is so much negativity towards this. It collects issues 1-7 of detective comics written and drawn by Tony S Daniel, who in my opinion has made a very... Read morePublished 12 months ago by marshall man
Very entertaining and just the right mix of action, suspense, detective work and drama. The artwork is breathtaking and is well worth your timePublished 18 months ago by Sion b
Very good story! Fantastic writer/artist! He transmit a powerfull "ambience" of Gotham and caracterize very well batman! Faboulous!Published on 2 July 2014 by M. Paulo Bracais
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... Read more
Sadly this is a bit of a run of the mill Batman story. It would have perhaps have faired better pre-new 52. Read morePublished on 12 Dec. 2013 by Amazon Customer
It started out promisingly, the joker featured for a few pages and then he disappeared for the rest of the story. Read morePublished on 20 Nov. 2013 by Kindle Customer
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 morePublished on 24 Oct. 2013 by Mr. K. L. Coxon
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