Written by Tony S. Daniel, Art by Tony S. Daniel and Ryan Winn, Cover by Tony S. Daniel
Solicitation Info (from Previews): DC’s flagship title is relaunched for the first time ever, with new Batman adventures from acclaimed writer/ artist Tony S. Daniel! A killer called The Gotham Ripper is on the loose on Batman’s home turf – leading The Dark Knight on a deadly game of cat and mouse.
Bias: I feel like a broken record, but here we go again for the third time: I’m not a fan of the Bat-family books, and I’ve seen nothing here to sway me from that opinion. Tony Daniel does have some amazing artwork, though, so if his story can capture my attention, this is the most likely of the Bat-books coming out this week to win me over, though that’s not saying much.
What I liked: The story did, in fact, win me over. The interaction between the villains was a welcome difference from the norm, and I loved how they set up Batman’s relationship with the police. The dialogue itself was witty and fit each of the characters to a “t.” As for the artwork, it was everything I expected it to be – that is to say, beautifully illustrated. All in all, I was quite impressed.
What I disliked: I feel this would’ve made a better Batman comic than a Detective Comics book. It was by far more about fighting the bad guy than about tracking him down or solving mysteries. That might change, given the surprise twist at the end of the comic, but this first issue was more about the fights. Still, it was a good story, and I find that counted more than if it had been a bad detective story.
Verdict: I will, at the least, be picking up issue 2.
As always, SPOILERS in comments, including my favorite scene, thoughts on what happened, and questions about what’s to come.