Detective Comics #2 by Ammar Al SubahiPublisher: DC Comics
Writer: Tony Salvador Daniel
Artist: Tony Salvador Daniel
Inker: Ryan Winn & Sandu Florea
Colorist: Tomeu Morey
Overall: 3.5/5 Stars
Premise: The Joker has escaped from Arkham, and a new villain makes himself known.
Last issue we found out that Joker let himself get caught by Batman as it was all part of his master plan: Arkham was just the place he'd meet up with the mysterious new villain called the Dollmaker, who performs surgery on the Joker and literally peels his face off.
This issue begins with the introduction of a new romantic interest for Bruce Wayne, Charlotte Rivers; a feisty, good looking reporter (aren't they all?). Needless to say, they get pretty comfortable with each other, and apparently have been for some time now. But Bruce pulls his age-old slip off into the night trick to suit up as Batman. Apparently, Joker escaped just the day after his incarceration, leaving his old face nailed to a wall.
Batman gets on the case, and quickly finds out that Joker had an inside man who helped him escape. Batman follows the lead only to find himself walking right into the Dollmaker's ambush, who's looking to make a name for himself.
Truth be told, this issue felt pretty empty. The art is great: sharper even than the last issue, but this mostly feels like a filler issue. Last issue had an incredible mood to it, both in the writing and the art, specifically the art. This issue, while technically being better artwise than last issue, lacks that dark tone. Maybe it's because it was so spread out. Last issue focused solely on Batman and the Joker, however, this issue we get the part with Charlotte, we follow Gordon for a bit, and so on.
But I think the biggest disappointment here in this issue, for me personally, was the Dollmaker's big reveal. I felt that there was nothing special about him, and there's already been a similar villain introduced not long ago to the Batman mythos with the same M.O: Professor Pyg. And the big supposedly shocking last page cliffhanger felt kind of cheap. My first thought initially wasn't "wow, I wonder how they're going to follow up on this" like last issue, but rather "I wonder how they’re going to fix this back to normal."
It's still a good issue, though. And I'm giving it 3.5/5. But if it wasn't for the great art, I'd lower the rating a little bit more.