Batman Detective Comics Volume 1: Faces Of Death TP Paperback – 16 Apr 2013
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"This is your go-to book." -" Entertainment Weekly"
""Detective Comics" is head-spinningly spectacular from top to bottom." -" MTV Geek"
"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."
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.""
"This is your go-to book."--Entertainment Weekly
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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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. He can't seem to write an involving Batman book, it's all just surface texture propped up by his excellent artwork, it never delves deep into the characters' psyches.
"Faces of Death" looks good but doesn't have a solid storyline, it's just a mishmash of villains with Batman chasing after them to no real purpose. It's just a series of things that happen and they don't feel connected or that they're going anywhere new. Compared to Scott Snyder's "Court of Owls" with its combination of focused original storyline, taut writing and great art, and "Faces of Death" comes off as amateurish and sloppy. Here's hoping Daniels stays on as artist but is relieved of writing future titles. He just doesn't cut it.
"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...
But let's start with one of the positive aspects of the book. Despite being enclosed in a single volume, this edition essentially contains two stories. The first is about a new, gruesome serial killer named the Dollmaker, and the second focuses on a more traditional villain: The Penguin.
Don't be deceived by the Joker's grinning face on the cover of the book. It isn't really about him. In fact, he's only in the first issue (of seven), and then something rather unpleasant happens to him. With Gotham's latest killer (the Dollmaker) on the loose, it's up to Batman to track him down and stop him before he can kill again. But, as with all of Gotham's criminals, Dollmaker has a particular theme in his attacks: he cuts off his victims faces, before reconstructing 'new faces'. Sounds gruesome, but it's not exactly the most original idea in comic books. In fact, there was something very similar in "Batman: Heart of Hush".
Still, the storyline is engaging, and only let down by two things in my mind. The first is the essence of mystery, which while being present, does not really allow the reader to work out who the Dollmaker is before Batman deduces it. One of the draws to the Batman stories (and especially DETECTIVE comics) is the detective work, but it's always more satisfying if the reader can follow the trail that leads Batman to the answer, and either get there before him, or else be able to "track back" once the identity of the killer is revealed.
Which leads me to my second gripe with this story; it ends extraordinarily suddenly, with no true conclusion. I was expecting Tony Daniel to pick the story up two or three issues later, but so far that hasn't been the case, and that came as a huge disappointment. Either way, the first story is an engaging and enjoyable read, and despite the sudden ending, is fairly satisfying.
The second story, however, is very different. Focusing on the Penguin and set mostly on the newly-built Iceberg Lounge, this three-issue length story feels particularly muddled, and illustrates exactly why Tony Daniel should stick to drawing, which he is (I can't fail to add) extremely talented. His writing, on the other hand, does not do his artwork justice. The brand new characters that are introduced during this story aren't the most original characters ever, but they do have a certain potential, and one that is not realised through the storytelling. The storyline is weak and cliched, and there is very little to keep you interested in the way the story is playing out. In fact, I would go as far as to say that this is one of the most disappointing Batman stories I have ever read.
As I said before, Tony Daniel's artwork throughout the book is very good. He captures a certain aspect of the characters which feels very generic, but in a familiar, recognisable and downright welcome way. His art might not be hugely iconic when compared to 'Batman''s Capullo, but it captures both sides of Bruce Wayne's life particularly well, showcasing both the billionaire philanthropist and the Dark Knight himself in a particularly engaging style. It's just a great shame that his writing is not up to scratch: there are lines of dialogue that are likely to make you cringe, and not in a good way.
It is worth buying, especially if you can get it for under £10, and if only for the first issue, which explains the Joker's prolonged disappearance in the DC Universe, prior to his return later this year. But certainly don't expect anything revolutionary here.
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