Detective Comics 3 (January 2012)

So not only is Commissioner Gordon really stupid, Batman’s a moron too? Daniel doesn’t seem to understand writing these characters as twits who fall into every trap makes them lesser characters. It’s bewildering DC doesn’t employ editors who know such things either.

This issue of Detective might be Daniel’s best though. He’s not trying to impress with any cliffhangers and he doesn’t introduce any new characters. It’s just middling crap, nothing special.

Daniel doesn’t even go overboard with his bad dialogue or narration. Sure, his Batman still thinks like a vicious psychopath, but he’s clearly dumb. Why take him seriously?

The issue’s pacing is extraordinary. It opens with Batman resolving one cliffhanger at the Dollmaker’s hideout and ends with Batman stuck in another cliffhanger at the Dollmaker’s. Nothing happens in between. Daniel could have skipped the issue entirely.

My favorite is the nonsensical questions the reporters ask. Daniel’s just laughable.


Cold Blood; writer and penciller, Tony S. Daniel; inker, Sandu Florea; colorist, Tomeu Morey; letterer, Jared K. Fletcher; editors, Janelle Asselin, Katie Kubert and Mike Marts; publisher, DC Comics.

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