Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 1: Faces of Death (The New 52)

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Overview

As a part of the acclaimed DC Comics - The New 52 event of September 2011, Detective Comics is relaunched for the first time ever with an all-new number #1! Bruce Wayne returns as Batman, and sets his sights on new villain the Gotham Ripper, who in turn has his sights on Batman. Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne explores a budding romance with television journalist Charlotte Rivers, who's visiting Gotham City to cover the gruesome slayings - while also trying to uncover Bruce's own mystery. But time is running out as both Commissioner Gordon and Batman work to uncover the true identity of this new serial killer.

This volume collects issues 1-7 of Detective Comics, part of the DC Comics - The New 52 event.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“This is your go-to book.”—Entertainment Weekly 

Detective Comics is head-spinningly spectacular from top to bottom.”—MTV Geek

“An exciting take on Bats and Joker as they play cat and mouse through the streets of Gotham City, and a haunting last page that is extremely killer. That alone will have most readers coming back next month.”—USA Today

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401234669
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication date: 6/12/2012
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 102,099
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.32 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony S. Daniel decided to be a comics artist in the eighth grade, and he hasn't looked back since. After making his professional debut in 1993 on Comico's The Elementals, he has contributed to Marvel's X-Force and Image's Spawn: Bloodfeud as well as writing and illustrating his own titles Silke, The Tenth and F5, which led him into work in Hollywood. After being lured back into comics to work with writer Geoff Johns on TEEN TITANS, Daniel went on to draw THE FLASH before landing his dream job pencilling BATMAN. The Batcave is, he reports, surprisingly cozy.

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Interviews & Essays

Q&A with Tony S. Daniel

Q: What's it like working on a huge initiative like The New 52?

Tony S. Daniel: It was certainly a huge undertaking for me. Detective Comics has never had a relaunch before and it was DC's longest running book. Luckily, Batman is one of the world's most iconic and recognized superheroes ever created. So there wasn't going to be much tinkering on my end. My job was to reacquaint long time readers and new readers alike, using the familiar in a way that it seems fresh.

Q: How are you balancing making these stories and characters feel fresh and new while still respecting what came before?

TSD: Batman is a character who relies on technology. So luckily, he's a character who has always changed with the times. There's nothing about Batman that is ever outdated because his technology is always more advanced. I chose to introduce new villains for Batman, such as The Dollmaker, and mixing in some old favorites like The Joker and The Penguin.

Q: What would you say defines the character you are working on?

TSD: Batman is defined by his never ending quest for bringing justice to Gotham City. It's an undertaking that is impossible to achieve, but his will to press on and make Gotham City safer no matter the personal sacrifices he must make keeps Batman, and Bruce Wayne, relatable and admirable.

Q: What stories or creators inspire you most when working on your character?

TSD: For me, my love of the character started with Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns. Until then, I had only really experienced Batman through the 60s television show. So seeing Batman gritty, forceful and dark while at the same time contrasting with his personal side made him so much more human, or real, to me. Since then I've been inspired or influenced by all the great artists and writers who have come along these past few decades.

Q: So what do you consider to be your character's definitive stories?

TSD: As mentioned, The Dark Knight Returns, as well classics like The Long Halloween, Hush, and most recently, Grant Morrison's The Black Glove and R.I.P.

Q: What have you thought about the response so far for The New 52 and your title as whole?

TSD: I am overwhelmed with the positive reaction. It was a big undertaking, and I thought a big risk, too. But you have to push the envelope with comics. You have to take chances to keep relevant. Growing and evolving is absolutely necessary in the arts.

Q: Do you keep up with any of the other New 52 books? Which ones and why?

TSD: I keep up with all the Batman titles. I have to since it's part of my job to understand what the other writers are doing. I also have been keeping up with all the other big books like Action Comics, Justice League, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash and Aquaman. There are too many to list actually, and with my busy schedule, not enough time.

Q: Has social media and increased direct interaction with DC Comics' fans changed your writing/drawing approach at all in regards to The New 52?

TSD: I use Facebook primarily to connect with readers. I honestly try not to be influenced by outside sources and look mainly to editorial for that. There are so many fans and so many opinions on what they like or don't like. To a degree, I have cut myself off from reading reviews and forums. I think as a creator, you have to work inward—out, not outward—in

Q: What creators have influenced the new direction you've taken with your book?

TSD: Easily people like Grant Morrison, Frank Miller, Jim Lee, Jeff Loeb, Scott Snyder, Neal Adams, just to name a few. There are so many influences. But beyond comic book authors or artists, my take is influenced by noir and authors like Jim Thompson, one of the early pioneers of the noir style.

Q: So many classic characters have had their looks changed. What has been your favorite character redesign, even if it isn't in your own book?

TSD: I really like the Wonder Woman redesign. I think it's modern but still has heavy DNA to her roots. I think the redesigns that pay homage to their origins are always the best.

Q: The New 52 was a huge success for DC, but how to you think it affected the comic book industry as a whole?

TSD: I think it gave it a sorely needed shot in the arm. It certainly sparked a lot of interest and I think that credit needs to be given to Dan Didio, Jim Lee, Geoff Johns, and Bob Harras, to name just a few, for the success of the new 52. I am very happy with how this was handled from day one and I'm proud to be a part of it.

Q: With over 75 years of stories, is it difficult discovering new ideas and places for these characters to go that haven't already been done?

TSD: Well, as a writer, you can't worry so much about what has been done already. Everything has been done already, in every form of storytelling, not just comics. It's how you make it new, your own, and told in a way that it's brand new again, is what's important. With iconic characters such as we're dealing with here, you can't really change them, but you can certainly add a new layer to them. Or accentuate something about them that hasn't been really brought out before. It's a fine line you have to walk because although we're modernizing decades old characters, they still need to be recognizable to both long time readers and new readers alike.

Q: What's it like being a writer and artist on a title? Do you find it easier than working in collaboration with someone else?

TSD: I'm definitely more in my element when I'm writing for myself. The drafts of the stories I turn in to editorial for approval are what I consider first drafts. Really, it takes about three drafts to get a story right. That's just the natural process for many writers. But this being a time restrictive business, I have to create those second and third drafts in my head while I'm doing the art. When I write for another artist, I don't really get the same opportunity to labor over the ideas. When I turn the script in, it's out of my hands for the most part. So it's a bit harder to bring in a better idea in that case, or to “call an audible” that will improve the story. My preference will always be to write for myself. But I also would like to just be the artist again at some point. I also really enjoy being the visual collaborator for a great story. So at some point I will return to that because it will allow me to focus just on the artwork.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

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    Tony S. Daniel is a great artist. Unfortunately, Daniel can't w

    Tony S. Daniel is a great artist. Unfortunately, Daniel can't write Batman and DC just keeps on letting him. Daniel writes the character of Batman with all the attributes that no one wants from Batman. Daniel makes Batman a sadistic terrorist instead of a frightening symbol of justice. Avoid.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    Jumpy story makes me wonder where this comic is going

    Batman and joker... no wait batman and penguin. Nope batman and a slew of new villains? Wait Alan strange's son? And reporter love interest for bruce. It's not easy to follow at all and does have some mischevious moments and dark twists, but not enough for me to be excited in the end. Tje characters remain steong and true but don't overcome how jumpy it is. Volume 2 is out in early 2013 hopefully this one gets better.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Absolutely the worst portrayal in of Batman in comics recently,

    Absolutely the worst portrayal in of Batman in comics recently, with the exception of Neil Adam's Batman Oddessy. No depth, overused shock value that doesn't really work, and Batman just punching things instead of doing anything Batman would really do. Awful. Tony S. Daniel can draw but he can't write Batman.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2012

    Pretty Good

    Not bad.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2012

    Not for the faint of heart

    Gruesome twisted sinister story with killer art very enjoy able
    read some thing that will stay with you even when your done reading it

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2012

    Dc vol 1

    Fantastic art work

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2014

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    I don't have much to say but is still a good book, here are some

    I don't have much to say but is still a good book, here are some other books that I enjoyed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2013

    Could be better

    This isn't the worst new 52 Batman storyline yet but somewhat confusing new enemies new characters and you can get lost but its still pretty good

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    Posted December 27, 2012

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    Only words to describe it is great

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