Thursday, May 5, 2011

Detective Comics #876 - Review

A Whale of a Tale for Batman


How much weirder could things in Gotham City get? Does a large, dead killer whale in the lobby of a bank satisfy you? In all of his time as Batman, Dick Grayson hasn't found a case this strange. Nothing stolen, nothing damaged, just a giant dead whale inside of a completely clean bank. The bank's owner, however, is the daughter of Tony Zucco, the man who killed Dick Grayson's parents. She appears to be an upstanding citizen, but Dick is weary to keep his eye on her. When he discovers that someone was fed to the whale alive, he traces the victim back to a car and arms dealer in Gotham, but finds more than he's bargaining for on the dealer's lot.

Written by Scott Synder and drawn by Jock, this issue of Detective Comics was another great addition to a wonderful ongoing series. Dick Grayson's Batman is getting his own cast of villains, while still battling all of the classic ones that Bruce Wayne has left in his wake. The inclusion of more detective work and more complex plots with criminal profiling feels like the type of Batman story that people often forget -- an authentic one.

The thing that this series does differently than the current films is that it portrays Batman in a crime noir setting and tone. The tone of the films is more of a crime-fighting ninja, where the Detective Comics series spends more time in the shadows and with the minds of the characters. The inclusion of a character who is the offspring of the man responsible for turning Dick Grayson into Robin, then Nightwing, and finally Batman, is a bold and exciting move for the story.

Thumbs up all around.

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