For years Detective Comics was always my go-to Batman title. I am not sure why it was my love, maybe it was the usually present side story which focused on the deeper story of a side character, or that it was the more noir title of the Batman Family focusing on the “detective” side of the Dark Knight.
The first issue stayed true to the role of quality you would expect from their flagship Bat title. The Dollmaker story was dark, mysterious and full of curiosity.
- Who was the new criminal?
- Is Gorgon dead?
- Why and how did he take Joker’s face?
- Is the Joker hiding behind a new face?
Like a good Batman story they answered what they had to and left more out there for our curiosity to build and develop. Unfortunately our curiosity built over two very poor follow-up stories that really did the Detective Comic title an injustice. The Casino/Penguin story to the mismatched timeline jump to the Owls and then the return to timeline disaster of the Poison Gas character who was a blatant rip off of the Joker’s Red Hood character. A story that just made to feel like it was intended for one of the less quality Bat titles like Legends of the Dark Knight or Shadows of the Bat. A place where poorly written Batman tales went to die, but made a few bucks on the way out. Now they seem to have slipped through quality control and made it into the premiere title. Continue reading