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Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 1: Faces of Death (The New 52) (Batman - Detective Comics) by [Daniel, Tony S.]
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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."

About the Author

Tony S. Daniel decided to be a comics artist in the eighth grade, and he hasn't looked back since. After making his professional debut in 1993 on Comico's "The Elementals," he has contributed to Marvel's "X-Force" and Image's "Spawn: Bloodfeud" as well as writing and illustrating his own titles "Silke, The Tenth" and "F5," which led him into work in Hollywood. After being lured back into comics to work with writer Geoff Johns on "Teen Titans," Daniel went on to draw "The Flash" before landing his dream job pencilling "Batman." The Batcave is, he reports, surprisingly cozy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 104290 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (2 Dec. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008E0V930
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
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Format: Hardcover
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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.
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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.

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.
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By Squirr-El HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 3 Jun. 2013
Format: Paperback
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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A very good read, I agree that Tony Daniels writing isn't as strong as others but I liked reading the detective side of Batman, loved the artwork. The first issue is a shocking one and the last page leaves a lasting impression. Not as good as Snyder's Batman but worth a read.
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Intelligent and interesting, I can never understand how most people just pass this off as dull,personally it's a cool read. I also love the fact that there's really only 4 main characters. keeps it nice and close without getting lost by too much going on.
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