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52apolooza: Detective Comics

Written by Aly Abbas, SaturnKnight and Brian Burchette on Thursday, September 29 2011 and posted in Reviews

Detectives! Comics!  Batman!  Reviews!

Welcome to 52apolooza, the Outhouse feature focusing on DC's September Relaunch.  All of DC's 52 titles will be reviewed by our pool of reviewers to point out the best and worst that DC's new comic book line has to offer.  To see how this book ranks among the other new DC titles, be sure to check out our 52apolooza Rankings!

Detective Comics is one of the big guns of the DCnU.  Written and illustrated by Tony Daniel, the book features a new wrinkle in the battle between Batman and the Joker.  How did it score?  Read on and find out!

Marvel Reviewer: Aly Abbas

I would like to say something positive about this book, so here it is: The art is very good. Tony Daniels is a good artist who can convey action and emotion both with equal grace. Every page is filled with interesting visual panels and the titular hero (Batman) is drawn with extraordinary skill that manages to express both his strength and speed.

Unfortunately everything else about this book cannot be expressed positively. The writing (also by Tony Daniel) is clunky and at times absurd with such carefully crafted lines as "His modus operandi changes with the wind... ...and it's been windy in Gotham City" The plot is nonsensical and just serves to emphasize how good this comic could have been in the hands of a better writer.

This is not a title for a new reader to jump in to since nothing is really explained to any satisfaction. Everybody with access to a comic book knows who the Batman is and why he does what he does, but some background for the other characters should have been included for those who have never picked up comics before. Instead this book assumes we know who they are and why they are important to this story.

This comic has been done before by better writers. The only thing that's new is the last page which relies on shock value to ameliorate the damage done by the rest of the comic. Too little, too late by that point. I'm not reading the second issue and if you are smart, neither will you.

Writing: 5/25
Art: 20/25
Accessibility: 10/25
Enjoyability: 5/25

Total 40/100

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