A course of a day can sometime have its dips and valleys. However, on occasion, it is generally well known that this is all that ever happens. These guy’s know what I am talking about – Tony Daniel and DC Comics – especially in November 2011.
During the day, rich bachelor, Bruce Wayne, has a rather strained time at Wayne Enterprises. He has a meeting with the head of Mech-North Corps, Hugh Marder, whilst he is climbing a stoned edifice – and he has an encounter with journalist, Charlotte Rivers, which has its ups and downs also. Funnily enough, during the night, whilst garbed as the Batman, Bruce’s time has the same tone to it as well – just in a different manner is all.
Batman wants to find out why the skin off of the Joker's face has been discovered within the confines of Arkham Asylum you see, plus, why this clownish buffoon is no where to be seen. Unfortunately, though, Commissioner Gordon cannot help Batman with this dilemma, instead, he points Batman towards two suspects who could possibly be associated with all this – fraudster, Ray Quimby, and serial killer, Wesley Mathis.
Now do you think that anything come out of the information, which the Commissioner tells Batman? Err – yes, it does – because it leads Batman into a battle with the Dollmaker and his disfigured minions within the bowls of Gotham City. And to make matters even worst, the Dollmaker has been able to get his clammy hands onto the Commissioner to boot – scarring him in the process.
To be continued…
Now as with most issue two’s – particularly with this comic book instalment – a very important question has to be addressed first, before you can really get to grips with the whole pretext – was this issue of Detective Comics better than the previous issue? Now, personally speaking of course, this is an easy question for me to answer – yes. Because thanks to what has been presented to us so far, the tone for this Batman related title has now been set in stone, thus giving us – the reader – the opening that we needed to enjoy the context more so than what we did with issue one.
Well, I just found that this tale was more congenial overall, because it managed to relay what is at the center of this comic book title – adventure and mystery. Granted, in my most humble opinion, it is not better than lets say, Batman #1, instead, it is different in content and tone, and shows us a different side to the Bat-series – which is what I hoped for.
Now another thing that is different with this book, is how this creative team appear to be handling it also. Tony Daniel, the artist, has a very nice flair to his style – because on occasion, his pencils are somewhat reminiscent to an early Frank Miller or a late Mike Mignola. As for Tony Daniels the writer, on the other hand, his ‘flair’ has improved likewise – because he looks as if he is concentrating more on a story, rather than paying homage to what he once liked many a year ago.
Good on you guys – because even though this has not been the best Bat-book that I have ever read, what it is, is a mark that the best is yet to come.
Fine tale – nice art – promising future.
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