Detective Comics 784 (September 2003)

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Oh, look it’s Batman actually detecting things in Detective Comics. Ed Brubaker sets up a very interesting case, with a serial killer from Green Lantern Alan Scott’s days in the forties apparently returning. He splits the issue mostly between Jim Gordon and Batman, but Scott gets some pages too.

Toggling between Batman and Gordon proves a nice juxtaposition–something Brubaker even comments on in Gordon’s narration–but it’s still Batman’s issue. Brubaker’s got a nice moment for him at the open too (both he and Gordon, Brubaker reveals, like the city at daybreak).

The art, from Patrick Zircher and Aaron Sowd, is good. It’s grimy enough to be realistic, but enthusiastic enough for the fight scenes to be visually rewarding. It’s all buildup, but it’s good buildup.

Judd Winick and Cliff Chiang do a tie-in with their Josie Mac character to Gotham Central. It’s okay cop comics, great art.

CREDITS

Made of Wood, Part One; writer, Ed Brubaker; penciller, Patrick Zircher; inker, Aaron Sowd; colorist, Jason Wright; letterer, Todd Klein; editors, Michael Wright and Bob Schreck. Trading Up; writer, Judd Winick; artist and colorist, Cliff Chiang; letterer, John Workman; editor, Matt Idelson. Publisher, DC Comics.

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