Written by TONY S. DANIEL
Art by TONY S. DANIEL
Inked by SANDU FLOREA
Colored by TOMEU MOREY
Lettered by JARED K. FLETCHER
Cover by TONY S. DANIEL
Variant cover by TONY S. DANIEL
Edited by KATIE KUBERT, HARVEY RICHARDS, AND MIKE MARTS
I’ve ranted and raved about Tony Daniel’s Batman so often in the past, both literally and artistically – everything about it is exciting and angsty. For five issues, Daniel has given us the best Batman possible in Detective Comics, full of the best noir and gothic story telling that’s come around in DC Comics for a long time. But now we have issue #6 that’s hit the stands, and it’s a bit clunky in comparison to the previous five issues.
We still have a lot of those same Batman elements that we all love to see in a Dark Knight comic; Batman scaring the crap out of some baddies and causing some to blast off their own appendages, not to mention a silent montage of Batman hunting down thug after thug, slowly yet progressively coming to the answers he needs and wants. The dialog, however, seemed to take a slippery slope into clunkiness and corn – so much so that I had to go back and reread parts of the book because I dozed off even though my eyes were still following the words. Yes, I’ll say it, I was bored with a Batman comic written by Tony S. Daniel! (Say it ain’t so!!!)
On to what made this book great! Daniel may have faltered with the literary side of things, but his artistic prowess should not go unnoticed. His dark and gothic vision is perfect for the overall feel of the Batman universe. Not only that, but Detective Comics looks CREEPY! Daniel has always been able to make the already scary villains and heroes in the Batman universe even creepier than originally intended. Now with the new villain, Snakeskin, the creep keeps getting bigger and better!
Oh, and is it just me, or does the Penguin look a lot like the Joker on the cover? Pure coincidence, I’m sure, (and possibly my eyes playing tricks on me) but very interesting none-the-less.
Back to the story…it’s still a good plot, even if the dialog within fails to show it. There’s so much murder, betrayal, lies, and deceit that this is bound to be a great arc in the end! I think the problem lies in the mere fact that there are way too many players fumbling around trying to solve the same mystery. Not everyone is a Brad Meltzer or a Geoff Johns, so my hope is that Daniel will kick it back a bit in the future and not involve so many different characters in different places
As stated, the potential is still there and #6 is a sight to see. No doubt, however, this is the weakest issue of Detective since the reboot.
And when is the freaking Joker gonna come back?!?!?!?
6 out of 10 stars