Batman: Death And The City

November 25, 2007 | Trades


Batman: Death And The City
Paul Dini, Stuart Moore, Royal McGraw, Don Kramer, Andy Clarke
DC Comics
$17.99/$14.99 US
**** (out of five)

Batman is a master martial artist and has lots of fun technological toys at his disposal, but he’s never as interesting as when he’s simply being the world’s greatest detective.
So it’s time to give some love to writer Paul Dini (Batman: The Animated Series), who has so attentively brought the mystery back into Detective Comics with some outstanding standalone and two-part stories (all, of course, with an underlying and developing subplot that will pay off down the road).
Death And The City sees the Dark Knight aiming to prevent the destruction of Bruce Wayne’s corporate headquarters at the hands of a bomb-wielding would-be martyr; try to solve the murder of a childhood friend (with a little help from the reformed Riddler); attempt to figure out how the evil Ventriloquist could have returned from the dead; and why a performance artist might be killing his assistants — on stage!
Ably aided by writers Stuart Moore and Royal McGraw and artists Don Kramer and Andy Clarke, Dini is doing something really special right now in Detective Comics that is very much worth picking up.

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