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Review: Detective Comics #3

Written by Geek Readers on Thursday, November 03 2011 and posted in Reviews

Geek Readers take a look at Batman's Detective Comics #3

Comic Review Cover

Credits & Solicit Info:

Written & Drawn by Tony Salvador Daniel
Inks: Sandu Florea
Colors: Tomeu Morey
Letters: Jared Fletcher
Publisher: DC


So far in Detective Comics, Batman has run into the midst of one of the Dollmaker's schemes.  This twisted take on the character has him cutting up victims and resewing them together to change faces or make improvements.  He has a whole team of twisted underlings with him now and last issue we were left with Batman facing off against them after being drugged and seeing Commissioner Gordon laying at their feet.

   [Spoiler warning]
It doesn't take Batman long to figure out that the man laying at their feet is not really Gordon and simply someone they've sewn together to resemble him.  He fights his way out before the drug is able to take full effect and grabs one of the Dollmaker's underlings in the process.   Batman does a little bit of detective work as he pieces together body part images to figure out who the Dollmaker really is and what his connection to Gordon is.  Gordon meanwhile, is actually being held elsewhere by the Dollmaker and the little girl they've been searching for offers to get a message to Batman for him.  Both Gordon and Batman realize this is a trap, but Batman has little choice but to try and rescue him.  Unfortunately things don't work out so well for Bats and he is knocked out and wakes up in an MMA cage where a bunch of fighters with joker faces sewn onto them are dropped in to fight him.
[end spoilers]

Well, I'm a bit so-so with this title.  It's not on the chopping block like Dark Knight is, but it's pretty close.  Nothing is really intriguing me about this story.  It feels like everytime I've ever picked up a Batman book it has a generic story with Batman doing the same old generic things Batman would do.  I guess that's what all super-hero books are, but some do a better job of disguising that than others.

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About the Author - Jeremy Shane

Jeremy was born in a small mountain village of a strange foreign land called Weystvurginea.  Banishment for liberal views saw him spend years wondering the east coast until he decided to bike to California.  When he saw how long a trip it was, he drove instead.  Now he's living it up in a low humidity climate, sometimes working on his photography and when not, he writes for us covering books (by way of his blog: Reading Realms), gaming, tv, movies, comics, conventions in the SoCal area, and creates a weekly webcomic: A Journey Through Skyrim.  If you look for him offline, start in the L.A. area; online start at: for his profile and all the social networks he's on... or just follow him on twitter, he seems to be on there a lot: @jeremyshane.


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