Last week Justice League #1 started the all new DC 52 line up. This week 13 new comics join it including Detective Comics #1. I warn you now about possible spoilers.
It starts off explaining that the Joker murdered 114 people over the last six years, so unless I’m looking at that wrong it basically points at Batman working for a little more than six years – probably seven or eight. I am saying this at least for the fact that in previous history, Batman was the one who caused the Joker to become Joker. Thus Batman had to be around before Joker starting around town. If I’m looking at it right, this really crunches things up for the various Robins, but that can be looked at later when more precise information is given.
Anyways, Batman is trying to track the Joker (who is oddly naked and fighting someone) through Gotham. We quickly get to see some of Batman’s gadgets as well as what may be a new line for Batman of “I own the night” which he says to an escaping Joker. Kind of a different take on the more iconic “I am the night!” This issue really comes off a bit padded, much like Justice League #1 did last week. We find out the city (excluding Gordon) is after Batman to the point the police almost spend more time chasing Batman than they do Joker. Bruce Wayne of course is constantly missing dates as well giving us a hint that he’s still a playboy as Bruce but far more concerned about his life as Batman.
The dialect really is a bit disappointing to me. Unlike with Justice League when we saw slightly different takes on characters we enjoyed, this issue just felt filled with things people would expect. Well except one minor thing being Batman referring to himself either as owning the night or being part of the actual city itself. Nothing that is really new, just something that is done more in a single issue than most are probably use to.
The end of this issue does set up for more to follow and of course to get the reader to buy the next issue, but even then I still have found this to be less entertaining than Justice League. There we at least got a continuous banter back and forth, in this issue just very minor moments between characters that didn’t really make me feel any sort of connection between the characters. Art isn’t bad, but we seem to get lots of full body shots of Batman or over the shoulder looks that seem almost identical in each one. I’m not kidding when I say all those over-the-shoulder panels look almost identical and we rarely get treated to Batman being cloaked in the shadows.
I sadly wish I had more to write on this issue, but I really don’t besides to say that it just falls extremely short to me in what I’d expect from ANY Batman issue, much less the brand new #1 of Detective Comics.