Batman, Detective Comics Vol. 1: Faces of Death
Collection: Detective Comics #1-7 © 2011-2012
Publisher: DC Comics © 2012
Writer and Pencils: Tony S. Daniel
Inks: Sandu Florea, Ryan Winn, Rob Hunter
Background Artist: Joel Gomez – Issue #7
“Russian Roulette” Artist: Szymon Kudranski
Colors: Tomeu Morey
Letters: Jared K. Fletcher
Collection Cover: Tony S. Daniel, Ryan Winn, Tomeu Morey
Detective Comics Vol. 1: Faces of Death is my sixth installment in the New 52 Batman-Reviews series. The other five reviews for the Batman, Batman and Robin and the Dark Knight titles can be found here on BigGlasgowComic.com. Next week in this series I’ll be doing Batman Incorporated Vol. 1: Demon Star.
The artwork on Detective Comics Vol. 1: Faces of Death by Tony S. Daniel was spectacular. Great, hyper-detailed work. Good, solid character depictions, layouts and backgrounds. There’s a really nice flow to the pacing of Daniel’s story and art. The kind of precision you can only get when you’re the writer and the artist. The coloring by Tomeu Morey was first-rate too. All sorts of dimension and definition is added by Morey. Beautiful work, really. Nice color-shading and accentuating. The inks by Sandu Florea, Ryan Winn and Rob Hunter were very nice. Not too heavy, not too thin. The panels really take shape under their careful hands.
Detective Comics Vol. 1: Faces of Death is a fresh new take on a classic villain. In fact, forget everything you think you might know about the Dollmaker and the Joker. The horror-genre has found a new home in the New 52 Batman titles. DC has been a little dark and twisted in the past but in the hands of the obviously disturbed (lol) Tony S. Daniel it goes full on black and psychotic. The villains are more violent, more sadistic, more vicious. Daniel’s Joker is awesome. The Joker’s only motivation is often to prove a point. But in Daniel’s hands this is taken to a whole new macabre and grotesque place that will ruin your appetite for days. It’s dark. It’s horrific and suspenseful. It’s absolutely perfect. P.S. Don’t ever ask the Joker for an autograph!
The Joker is missing. The only evidence that he left leaves behind is ghastly and morbid. It’s meaning has even the world’s greatest detective stumped. In fact, things have been strange in Gotham for a bit now. All of this is somehow centered around a serial killer named Dollmaker. A thoroughly detached and twisted flesh-lover and a talented sewer. What’s worse is that Dollmaker has taken two new victims, a girl and Commissioner Gordon himself. Batman must give himself up to the Dollmaker to save Jim and the girl. And what the hell is going on with the Joker?!
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