Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Evil Comes in a Tiny Package

Evil Is A Living Jigsaw Puzzle
Review of Detective Comics #3
By: Andrew Hines

     When the citizens of Gotham are threatened, their Dark Knight is the one and only defense they have.

     With the Dollmaker having made Commissioner Jim Gordon a target and now gunning for the Caped Crusader, this is an intense issue that only leads to more questions.  The Dark Knight tries to narrow down the identity of the Dollmaker as time runs out for the Commissioner.  We see Batman in a rare scene pushed to both his physical and mental limits.

     As the artist and scribe for the new Detective Comics, Tony S. Daniel is a great talent.  While he does balance the two fairly well, there is always the risk of putting too much effort into one and neglecting the other.  Thankfully it hasn't happened yet.  This story has more twists than a birthday party full of ballon animal, which works in its favor.  The illustrations are great, from the perspectives of characters, backgrounds and visual effects.  It's on par with Jim Lee's Batman: Dark Knight that runs on a timeline of maybe a year later.  Sorry, it's sort of hard to keep these things straight.  Any way you slice it, Daniel is kicking some serious tail in this series.  I'm starting to wonder if there's an endgame or if he's just winging it.  If he is, it's the best BS-ing I've ever seen.  I'm looking forward to where Daniel takes us and just who the Dollmaker gets his orders from.

     Bravo, Mr. Daniel.  You've bumped yourself up to an 8.9 out of 10.

Cover art of Detective Comics #3:

Interior art of Detective Comics #3:

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