DETECTIVE DROPS THE BALL
In the continuing arc revolving around The Dollmaker, Batman must save Gordon from becoming the next work of art and avoid falling into the same trap that has claimed many victims before him. The only problem is that the story is so incoherent that it doesn't cause the reader any sort of intrigue about the characters and plot.
Written by Tony S. Daniel and drawn by Sandu Florea, this issue of Detective Comics was just as lack-luster as the rest of the relaunched series. Where Scott Snyder had built an air of mystery and horrific crime scenes, Daniel simply inserts action and blood with moments of "oh yeah, it's still a detective story 'cause this happens."
I guess that with the trade off of Snyder and Daniel between the mainstream Batman and the Detective Comics title, my favorite Bat book officially changed as well. This might be more for the Mt. Dew crowd of comic book readers, and that's fine, I get it. But for people who were enjoying the themes and stories of the last Detective run, I recommend switching over to Snyder's new book. It has all of the same sort of elements as his previous run with some added action to make it feel more like the title's main focus.
I'm going to give this issue a 2.5/5. It's not what I'm looking for in a Batman book, but it might be what others are searching for. From what I've heard a ton of people like it, it's just not for me.