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Detective Comics #3 by Ammar Al Subahi

Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Tony Salvador Daniel
Artist: Tony Salvador Daniel
Inker: Sandu Florea
Colorist: Tomeu Morey

Overall: 3/5 stars

Premise: Batman vs The Dollmaker and his crew.

So basically, Batman fights off the Dollmaker's crew, escapes, does a little research on the Dollmaker, and returns for round 2. That's the gist of this issue.

My interest in this book is waning. It's really just as simple as that. I thought the cliffhanger from the first issue was great: Joker has a new face -- Holy shit, what's his plan, what's his next move!? It left you hanging not just for the next issue, but for the overall storyline as well. Then Daniel ends the second issue with yet another cliffhanger: Gordon with his face mutilated. Kind of cheesy, but you wonder how this is going to play out. In this issue, in the very first panel, we find out it's just some random guy whose face has been altered to resemble Gordon's. For no apparent reason, even. C'mon, now, what's the point?

Dollmaker is also coming off as a pretty big disappointment as a villain. Instead of having a a clever and an interesting serial killer surgeon with a twisted MO we instead get an uninspired lunatic with a wacky crew of goons. We already have that in Professor Pyg, a superiorly executed villain. But this is a personal issue of taste, I guess.

And while the art is technically better in a sense (sharper, more energetic, etc), the book has lost what was for me one of the biggest appeals: its blurry dark tone - that noirish feeling. Maybe it's because they switched inkers? I don't know, really, however, in both writing and art, this book feels more like the official Batman spin-off of JLA than a proper Batman book. Which I guess is cool for some, but that's not what I was hoping for.

It's still an okay book, great action, and so on. But if it continues in this vein, I'm not sure I'm gonna be on board anymore.