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As a bridge issue, DC 874 is marvelous. The art complements the foreboding, nightmarish quality of the overall story and, through clever visual metaphor, makes the Gordon family opening chapter flow into the Bat family chapter that closes the issue, a visual metaphor that, along with Dick's hallucination, acts as foreshadowing to a future storyline.

Detective Comics #874

By: Scott Snyder, Francesco Francavilla
Released: Feb 23, 2011

"There are some cases that come screaming back at you...like phone calls in the night..." For years, Jim Gordon has been haunted by the unsolved case of Gotham's notorious "Peter Pan Killer." Now, armed with new evidence, Gordon is determined to put the case to rest. But as he digs deeper, he'll unearth a shocking discovery about his own past a re...

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Absolutely on key from start to finish. The art and story complement each other perfectly. The whole issue conjures the line from Melville, “bad thoughts and sad dreams,” and with its focus on Gordon & Bullock pulls off what Streets of Gotham tried but rarely managed to achieve.

Detective Comics #875

By: Scott Snyder, Francesco Francavilla
Released: Mar 30, 2011

One bright Tuesday morning, the corpse of a killer whale shows up on the floor of one of Gotham City's foremost banks. The event begins a strange and deadly mystery that will bring Batman face-to-face with the new, terrifying faces of organized crime in Gotham. Be here for part 1 of the brand new 3-part "Hungry City."

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Overall an excellent issue with a pitch-perfect, oppressive atmosphere for a Batman mystery. The use of birds throughout as foreshadowing for the reveal at the end is fantastic. The only snags are the dissonance at the beginning between Bat-Dick’s childhood story and the children shown. It reads like a flashback at first. The crime lab scene is also an off note in an otherwise brilliant showing.

Detective Comics #871

By: Scott Snyder, Jock
Released: Nov 24, 2010

Up-and-coming writer Scott Snyder (AMERICAN VAMPIRE) and acclaimed artist Jock (THE LOSERS) make their debut as the new ONGOING creative team of DETECTIVE COMICS!In "The Black Mirror" part 1 of 3, a series of brutal murders pushes Batman's detective skills to the limit and forces him to confront one of Gotham City's oldest evils. Plus, in the start...

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