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Preview: Batman: The Detective #4

Batman: The Detective #4

Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Andy Kubert

Bruce Wayne is facing charges for the attempted murder of former mentor and teacher Henri Ducard and faces a grueling Interpol interrogation. Nothing is as it appears, however, as the Gotham expatriate charges into a lion’s den of mystery and duplicity without the benefit of Batman’s tools. Will the onetime Dark Knight escape unscathed?

Batman: The Detective #4

Preview: Batman: The Detective #3

Batman: The Detective #3

Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Andy Kubert

Henri Ducard is a man of mystery with a checkered past and a complicated existence…but what deep connection does he have with Bruce Wayne? What lessons did he teach the man who would become Batman? Can Batman use these lessons to save Ducard’s life? Or will Equilibrium strike again?

Batman: The Detective #3

Preview: Batman: The Detective #2

Batman: The Detective #2

Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Andy Kubert

The bestselling team of writer Tom Taylor and artist Andy Kubert continue their epic Batman adventure! Batman’s European adventure continues as the mystery around the organization known as Equilibrium deepens! Just who are these enigmatic villains, and why are they out to erase the Dark Knight’s legacy? And how does Henri Ducard play into all this-can this face from Bruce Wayne’s past be the key to it all?

Batman: The Detective #2

Around the Tubes

Batman: The Detective #1

It was new comic book day yesterday! What did you all get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below. While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

The Beat – Ed Brubaker gets more residuals from his WINTER SOLDIER cameo than from creating the character – That’s not acceptable.

Japan Today – There has been a shift in sales from comic magazines to comic books, but there is a further shift toward digital comics at an increasing pace. – Interesting…

Reviews

CBR – Batman: The Detective #1
ICv2 – Beast Complex Vol. 1
ICv2 – Call of the Night Vol. 1
Collected Editions – Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey: The Hunt for Harley
The Beat – Home #1
Talking Comics – Magic #1

Around the Tubes

Batman: The Detective #1

It’s new comic book day! What are you all getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Book Riot – 11 Great Middle Grade Science Fiction Comics Set in Space – What would you add to the list?

Kotaku – Roblox Player Fakes Their Way Into White House Press Briefings – Wow.

Reviews

Comic Attack – America Chavez: Made in the USA #1
CBR – Batman: The Detective #1
ICv2 – Beast Complex Vol. 1
CBR – Call of the Night Vol. 1

Review: Batman: The Detective #1

Batman: The Detective #1

Bat-computer, queue “Holliday Road” because it’s “Batman’s European Vacation”! Batman: The Detective #1 kicks off a European mystery for Batman as a Wayne Airlines jet goes down due to terrorist action. This gets Bruce, as Batman, out of the Batcave and across the ocean to figure who is behind the attack and why.

The story is a good one with a simple action and mystery to it that feels like a fun, self-contained story. With an opening that’s worthy of the big screen, writer Tom Taylor balances things well. There’s an emphasis on a Batman who has been beaten down. He’s older, and slower, than his opponents. But, he still has the skill the rely upon and defeat the enemy. It forces Taylor to dance between the detective aspect of the character and that of the skilled fighter. By, the issue’s end, Batman has figured out what stands out about the individuals on the downed plane but not why. And in-between figuring that out, there’s fantastic action serquences.

The art is by Andy Kubert with Brad Anderson on color and Clem Robins on lettering. The art has a bit of a retro-feel to it in a good way. The art and story together remind me a bit of the oversized Batman comics I read growing up where a story was wrapped up in two-issues. Kubert delivers a punch, literally. The action sequences are big and the fights sequences solid. Kubert and the team also capture a broken Batman. Bruce looks worn down and tired, Kubert captures this perfectly. You can see and “feel” the pain.

Batman: The Detective #1 is a fun start to a self-contained Batman story. It takes him to unfamiliar territory and seems to mix his different aspects well. It’s a nice break from the greater macro Batman story taking place currently in other series. There’s some that’s a bit classic about it, a comic you can just pick up and enjoy.

Story: Tom Taylor Art: Andy Kubert
Ink: Andy Kubert Color: Brad Anderson Letterer: Clem Robins
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.4 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Home #1

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Batman: The Detective #1 (DC Comics) – Tom Taylor, Andy Kubert, and Brad Anderson take Batman on a European adventure!

Canto & the City of Giants #1 (IDW Publishing) – A bridge between the second and third volumes of the beloved series.

Children of the Atom #2 (Marvel) – The first issue left us scratching our heads and we’re excited to discover the secret about this team.

Doctor Who: Missy #1 (Titan Comics) – The Doctor Who villain gets the spotlight!

Guardians of the Galaxy #13 (Marvel) – It’s a new team and new direction for Marvel’s cosmic side of its universe.

Home #1 (Image Comics) – A story about immigration and asylum mixed with superhero abilities. The series explores the real-world implications of migration.

Jenny Zero #1 (Dark Horse) – The military’s top kaiju killer, “Jenny Zero” now lives the celebutante life. When the massive creatures return, Jenny must decide if she can sober up and save the world!

The Joker #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue was fantastic with its focus on Jim Gordon and his being recruited to hunt the Joker. Now, Gordon must decide what he wants to do and how to do it. There’s also a hell of a reveal in it that will have an impact of Batman stories of the past!

Jules Verne’s Lighthouse #1 (Image Comics) – Based on the story by Jules Verne, he who controls the Lighthouse controls part of the galaxy.

Locke & Key/Sandman: Hell & Gone #1 (IDW Publishing) – The two properties come together for what is sure to be an entertaining tale.

Maniac of New York #3 (AfterShock) – The first two issues were fantastic. The series asks what if Jason was real in New York City?

MPLS Sound (Humanoids) – MPLS Sound is the ultimate love letter to the legendary Minneapolis funk-rock sound of the 1980s.

Non-Stop Spider-Man #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was full of action and excitement and we’re excited to see if it can keep it up.

Phantom on the Scan #1 (AfterShock) – A comment gives Matthew incredible psychic powers but those who gained similar powers are all dying in horrible ways.

Proctor Valley Road #2 (BOOM! Studios) – The first issue was full of mystery and has us returning to see what happens when the group of girls is blamed for the disappearance of their friends.

Scout’s Honor #4 (AfterShock) – A great series that’s been building its world while telling an engaging and exciting story. No idea where it’s all going but we want to find out!

Spider-Man: Spider’s Shadow #1 (Marvel) – What if Peter Parker became Venom? By Chip Zdarsky, Pasqual Ferry, and Matt Hollingsworth? Yeah, we’re in.

The Tankies (Dead Reckoning) – Garth Ennis’ latest collection of war comics!

Undone By Blood or the Other Side of Eden #2 (AfterShock) – It’s a crime comic set during the Depression. Yeah, we’re in for this one.

White Lily #2 (Red 5 Comics) – Based on the real Russian pilot during World War II. She was one of the best of the time!

Preview: Batman: The Detective #1

Batman: The Detective #1

Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Andy Kubert
Colorist Brad Anderson

An epic tale begins that will take Batman on a harrowing, action-packed European adventure in a new miniseries by superstar creators Tom Taylor and Andy Kubert!

A horrific tragedy in the United Kingdom sends a very personal and deadly message to the Dark Knight—one that will draw Batman out of Gotham City to investigate! From the moment he lands in Europe, Batman will face a difficult investigation and unheard-of adversaries and find the assistance of a partner once more—all in the hunt for the villain known as Equilibrium! New villains! New allies! A thrilling overseas adventure begins for the Dark Knight!

Batman: The Detective #1

DC Comics & Forbidden Planet Return Batman to the Liver Building for Batman: The Detective #1 Variants

Forbidden Planet has teamed up with DC Comics to present an exclusive Batman: The Detective #1 comic book cover featuring the Liver Building – the most recognizable landmark in the city of Liverpool, UK – to tie in with its Forbidden Planet Liverpool store reopening after lockdown.

The inspiration for this exclusive cover came from the Liver Building’s appearance in the upcoming Batman movie starring Robert Pattinson and Colin Farrell.

Drawn by superstar British artist Brian Bolland – the artist of the most famous Batman comic-book of all time: The Killing Joke, written by Alan Moore – this special cover will be a huge part of Forbidden Planet’s reopening celebrations in Liverpool from April 12.

Batman: The Detective comic book is an epic tale that takes Batman on a harrowing, action-packed European adventure in a new miniseries by superstar creators Tom Taylor and Andy Kubert! A horrific tragedy in the United Kingdom sends a very personal and deadly message to the Dark Knight – one that will draw Batman out of Gotham City to investigate! From the moment he lands in Europe, Batman will face a difficult investigation and unheard-of adversaries – all part of the hunt for the villain known as Equilibrium! 

Batman: The Detective #1 Forbidden Planet exclusive variant cover is available to pre-order now from ForbiddenPlanet.com and will be on sale at Forbidden Planet stores on April 14, 2021.

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