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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."
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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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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.
Okay, this isn't as good as Court of the Owls in Batman, but it isn't bad either by a long way. True, the art is better than the story but then the art is very good indeed being detailed stylish and graphically gruesome. So: vile villains, attractive women, Batman in full swing, all adds up to another hit for the DC NU.
And just what has happened to the Joker?
And that's ultimately the only real reason to read this, it serves as a precursor for the later joker story, setting up the shift in the character. But really, this is for completists only and should likely be avoided by all but the few who really want have the whole story, even the mediocre bits.