This is a blog set up to review selected titles of the relaunched DC Comics: Action Comics, Detective Comics, Green Lantern, Justice League, Nightwing, Red Hood and the Outlaws, Aquaman, Flash and Green Lantern: New Guardians. There will also be new stuff coming out of Marvel as well, such as Scarlet Spider, Uncanny X-Men and new Image comics like Thief of Thieves and anything else that might be new and interesting.
As more titles are released, more review series may come.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
The Bat is Back and Better Than Ever
The Bat is Back Review of Detective Comics #1 By: Andrew Hines
Detective Comics delivers what is essentially a classic tale of the Caped
Crusader. Set just five to seven
years after Bruce Wayne first donned his trademark cape and cowl, readers are thrust
headlong into the criminal melting pot that is Gotham City. Still a vigilante in Gotham, the Dark
Knight’s only ally is Police Commissioner Jim Gordon. Younger fans will finally get a glimpse of Jeremiah Arkham,
the man who built and now runs Arkham Asylum, the maximum security facility
that the city’s criminally insane call home. Unfortunately in this new Gotham, a brand new villain known
as the Dollmaker is on the loose, though Batman seems unaware of his
presence. The first pages are a
mad dash to get to the Joker before he harms another innocent life. Though he only appears once, it is his actions
at the end of the issue that will leave fans speechless. This truly is the
quintessential Batman story and a perfect point to jump into the action.
talented writer by any means, Tony S. Daniel hits his mark at every turn in
this modern take on the classic Detective Comics. This takes me back to the original stories of the Caped
Crusader by creator Bob Kane. The
story and pacing are wonderful. So
much better than Justice League, it’s amazing that these stories came from the
same company. Daniel’s writing
just gets straight to the action and the essence of the story. This issue reminds you exactly how
Batman gained his reputation, both as the World’s Greatest Detective and as the
Caped Crusader. It really gets to
the source of what Batman is all about.
artwork, also by Daniel, shows off the newer look for the Dark Knight
Detective. The more technological
twist is apparent in the design.
Crisp and clean, there’s no mistaking that Daniel is a true double-threat
in the comics industry and both of his talents are clearly featured. With such shining talents, which is
pretty handy in a city as dark as Gotham, I look forward to more from Mr.
I hope for great things
from the entire creative team on this one. I have to give this one a 9.2 out of 10.