First, the bad news. Rumor has it that John Layman is leaving this title to work on Catwoman for DC. I’ve been greatly enjoying his stories as well as his focus on the “job” aspect of being Batman, so we got a lot of tales about the Dark Knight versus his foes, which I always love.
So, why all the hubbub about the 900 and an 80-page special? The main reason is clear – it’s because this is the 900th issue of Detective Comics (or would have been, if the New 52 hadn’t happened in DC)!
Or – “Batman! Always Batman! Always Driving Us Bats!”
The saddest part about the popularity of Batman comes in the fact that the various incarnations of the Dark Knight (from Dick Sprang to Adam West to Deidrich Bader) get short shrift in favor of whatever is the latest and most badass. (Witness the Major Spoilers Podcast’s inability to talk about Batman without mentioning Christopher Nolan.) While I like Batman, I think that one of the most awesome parts of the character is his flexibility, and how he is as much at home fighting Ras Al Ghul as he is dog-fighting the ghost of the Red Baron. Will Detective Comics impress or distress? Your Major Spoilers review awaits!
Detective Comics #13 opens a new arc with a new writer at the helm. Fans have been salivating to see Chew creator John Layman’s take on the Caped Crusader, and Major Spoilers has the review.
The first Batman book of the Zero Month has arrive in the form of Detective Comics #0. Will this kick off give us what we know or present a new side to the legend of Bruce Wayne? Major Spoilers has your answer now!
DC Comics has announced that Detective Comics is getting a new creative team in October to “tell twisted stories of the Dark Knight.”
Or – “The Lacuna Between Golden And Silver Ages…”
In my mind, the beginning of the Silver Age of Comics is marked by Showcase #4, the first appearance of Barry Allen, in late 1956. (Some people mark it with the first appearance of J’onn J’onzz in 1955 or Captain Comet in 1951.) But as with any of the nebulous ages of comics, true Silver Age story-telling didn’t kick in all at once, allowing certain characters to keep up their late-Golden Age antics for many years. This is one of the most fondly-remembered issues of that weird negative zone of comics (by fans AND by Bat-Mite) but the real reason that we’re covering it is that my seven-year-old keeps asking, “When are you going to write about that story where Batman has the cool rainbow suit?”
Guess there’s no time like the present, unless you’re one of the future people…
When Detective Comics #8 arrives, be on the lookout for the Tony S. Daniel penned back-up story featuring Harvey Dent.
As DC moves more of it’s comics to the digital-day-and-date-release, it is also slowly increase the number of “digital combo packs.” These combos are print editions of comics with a redemption code inside to get a copy of the digital edition for “free.”
The Joker escaped? A child kidnapped? Bruce Wayne getting it on? This issue is going to give you a splitting head-ache.
What started out as an ensemble piece featuring world famous detectives doing what they do best eventually found itself focusing on one detective – the Dark Knight. Some 70 years later, DC has seen fit to relaunch/reboot the series, and Stephen and Matthew have been tasked with sorting out the pieces.
DC Comics has released a sneak peek of Detective Comics #879 that arrives in stores this week.