Detective Comics #2

Detective Comics #2

Writer: Tony Daniel Artist: Tony Daniel Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 5, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 5
7.0Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

Batman sets his sights on 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.

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Oct 10, 2011

    Alan Grant was the last writer to successfully create a Batman villain with any staying power. Before Cornelius Stirk and Mr. Zsasz, the last villain to be something other than a one-shot wonder was The Spook. I would count Killer Croc among the greats, but he received a personality transplant, becoming an entirely different, dimmer character. I'm aware of Hush. He stole Hugo Strange's unparalleled triumph of impersonation and hacked into the Unknown Soldier's mystique. So, no. Hush lacks even a whisper of substance. Tony S. Daniel for the New 52 grabs the brass ring. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Fandom Post - Chris Kirby Oct 6, 2011

    I was pleasantly surprised by Detective Comics with the first issue as my expectations weren't that high but found myself loving that comic and eagerly wanting to keep reading. Issue 2 continues that feeling of excitement and urgency while adding more character development to Bruce that makes him feel like a very different Batman than I have previously seen. The artwork maintains a high level of excellence that conveys that drama and action wonderfully with a storyline that knows just what to do and the right pace to do it in. I think this is great comics and anyone even remotely interested in reading Batman should be picking up this series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Roman Colombo Oct 7, 2011

    I know Tony Daniel has had some mixed reviews in the past, but this is a good series so far and issue two was in some ways even better than issue one. His Batman is still Batman, but he's taking other risks that are slowly coming to light. I'm looking forward to more. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Entertainment Fuse - Brian Russell Oct 10, 2011

    In terms of the story, the elusive Dollmaker and his goonsare fully revealed and they're creepy as hell. For example, there is a fullsized cymbal monkey among their ranks. A full sized cymbal monkey. This wasreally just an introduction to the villainous group, but it was enough to getme interested in what they're going to do next. If the group themselves weren'tenough to get the reader excited, the final page leaves us with a cliffhangerthat will make waiting for next month incredibly hard.This is all around a great start to the series. We're two issues in, and if Tony Daniel can keep the great writing and art as good as it has been, Detective Comics should remain in the top of the New 52 heap. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Phillip Carson Oct 6, 2011

    We're two issues in and I'm still not sure what this story is all about. Dollmaker has just now made his debut, and while he's done stuff (well, the same thing twice, like I said) I'm still not sure why he's doing this and what it's all about. Now, I'm willing to wait and see where this is going, but I'm starting to fear this storyline is just going to be Batman running around punching people, along with SAW or Hostile-type gross-out effects for spice. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Outer Realm Comics - Alex Penna Dec 27, 2011

    I think this is a great comic book and if you like Batman and haven't read this or have even considered reading this, there is something seriously, seriously wrong with you. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Oct 7, 2011

    Bruce is on a quest to secure Gotham's future while The Dark Knight investigates the gruesome murders caused by the Dollmaker. The writing and art work go hand in hand as they bring mystery and a bit of suspense to the story. Daniel's dialog really hits its stride with Batman's crime scene analysis. This book gets my pick for artwork and cover of the week! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Oct 5, 2011

    I was on the edge of my seat with this book until the end reveal of who was hiding in Taylor Street Imports. I just"I don't know what to make of them. I think Dollmaker and crew are just a little too over the top for my taste, but the comic ends abruptly after we meet him so I can't make an accurate assessment of the character. We see him and his family and then BAM! Daniel hits us with yet another cliffhanger ending that's going to bring me back again for issue #3. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Erik Norris Oct 5, 2011

    Detective Comics #2 is another check in the win column for Tony Daniel. He's laying the foundation for a great Batman story with some truly killer art. Let's hope he can keep the streak alive next month. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Bin - Dan Horn Oct 7, 2011

    Overall, Detective Comics is still a title I'm looking forward to reading for the foreseeable future, but I anxiously await Daniel's regression into his Batman run mediocrity. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Oct 5, 2011

    I don't like Detective Comics. It's not a bad book though. It's just not my cup of tea. I really enjoy Batman and Gordon working together, as well as the Dollmaker design. But as much as I try, I do not like Tony Daniel's writing. In addition, that final reveal page is ridiculous. I know a lot of people that loved the first issue of this series, and they'll probably love this issue, so I'll recommend it to you folks, but if you're anything like me, then skip out on this book. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Oct 6, 2011

    Come on, how am I supposed to take a villain named The Dollmaker serious!? That right there handicaps the poor guy, because that name sucks! “Call me the Dollmaker!!!” It just doesn't work. Besides the unfortunately named villain, the story fell flat for me. We get Bruce talking business, sleeping with a reporter, going to Arkham, talking to Gordon and then losing to a parade of freaks. The fight with the freaks was okay, but the rest was kind of boring. As for Gordon, I'm going to guess that the guy we saw at the end of this one wasn't Gordon, but was some poor sap dressed in Gordon's clothes, because really, the Dollmaker would have had to move at super-speed to have done all that work to Gordon in such short order. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Oct 11, 2011

    Yup, I'll admit it - I'm a Batman fanatic, and will generally buy anything featuring DC's biggest moneymaker. But that doesn't mean this issue is something everyone is going to like. Following the big opening chapter, I was expecting the energy and excitement to continue non-stop, but sadly this was not the case. The introduction of extreme villains for the shock value, story elements that seem completely out of place, and little to know actual detective work for the world's smartest man end up earning Detective Comics #2 a middle of the road 2.5 Stars out of 5. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Oct 5, 2011

    I’m supposing the rush to write this debacle left Daniel’s no room to make the art count. For some reason, Bruce Wayne always looks like an Asian man who just went swimming and Commissioner Gordon looks like Boner Rex, The Seventies Porn Star. I was especially mystified as to why Harvey Bullock now looks like seventies TV cop Baretta had a kid with Claude Akins. Detective Comics #2 is not only an embarrassment to Dark Knight fans, but to comic fans in general. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Book Resources - Chad Nevett Oct 5, 2011

    Much like the first issue's 'shocking' cliffhanger, this issue ends on a moment that will surely get people talking. And, much like last issue's end, it comes off as cheap and something meant for the moment but will be forgotten quickly. "Detective Comics" #2 doesn't deliver a Batman comic that's engaging and entertaining, it's too mired in sickness and grime without cleverness. Read Full Review

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