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Dick Grayson, formerly Robin, has taken on Bruce Wayne’s cowl and penthouse apartment, but struggles to feel at home in either. Though he now patrols Gotham as Batman, Grayson still shines through the cape and cowl: at the end of one of their signature rooftop meetings, Commissioner Gordon turns around to find Batman uncharacteristically still there. As much as the story is about Dick Grayson as Batman, though, the real intrigue involves Commissioner Gordon’s family. The city is besieged by seemingly unrelated attacks from gangsters and supervillains. At the same time, Gordon’s long-lost, troubled son reappears as a changed man. Snyder’s story expertly prolongs the tension until the disturbing end, when readers finally learn the connections between the truly terrifying bad guy and the acts of gruesome violence. The segments featuring Jock’s dynamic depiction of supervillains and gangsters contrast nicely with the splashy, saturated colors and heavy lines in Francavilla’s chapters about the Gordon family. This darkly riveting story with gritty atmospherics is sure to please. --Sarah Hunter

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“The art is beautiful. The writing is terrifyingly spectacular.” —IGN

“This is going to be one of those Batman stories I remember for a very long time, as a perfect marriage of story and art.”—iFanboy

“Scott Snyder, with rotating artists Jock and Francisco Francavilla, has solidified the title as the place for serious crime fiction in the Bat-universe.”—The A.V. Club

“Detective Comics follows the tried-and-true formula that has been working for decades, yet it also adds layers Batman with some much-needed character flaws. Not to mention, there's a heaping splash of atmospheric art by Jock.”—Complex Magazine

“Scott Snyder is, simply put, doing a career-making job…this is just killer stuff here….If you’re only reading one Batman book, it should be this one, folks.” —MTV Geek

"The best Batman arc in years."—Omnivoracious

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition (US) First Printing edition (November 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140123206X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401232061
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Raul Vito on November 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Being particularly jaded with sexy vampires and blushing maidens pondering whether to accept to accept the gift of eternal beauty and immortality I was not that familiar with Scott Snyder's American Vampire so when I learned that he would be taking over Detective Comics I was not that hyped about it....what I was excited about was Jock coming over with him, I begin a huge fan of his work in Hellblazer and the Losers, so I decided to give it a shot...and what I found was some of the best Batman stories I have read in quite awhile. While I love Grant Morrison, his work tends to be rather overwhelming at times; here was a perfectly accessible series (in comic book terms at least) magnificently written by Snyder, and beautifully drawn by Jock and Francavilla. Their art styles might be quite different, but since they got to draw completely different stories (Jock focuses on the Dick Grayson Batman and Francavilla on James Gordon) it works like a great collaboration which is helped by focusing on each artist's strength, plus Francavilla's style is reminiscent of Dave Mazzucchelli's Batman Year One, which is always a plus for me in a Batman story.
This collected edition covers Detective Comics 871-881 and the 3 mayor arcs that Snyder set up to during his run, based the premise that Gotham city somehow corrupts all its inhabitants and heroes. It is a rather striking concept which sets up the city itself as an actual character (similar to Will Eisners' The Spirit).
I won't comment much on the storylines in case you didn't get to read the original single issues, but I will say the read rather nicely as a single unified story (especially the James Gordon backups).
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Randall Sullivan on December 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Ill try to keep this short and to the point. This collection of issues of Detective Comics by Scott Snyder will be mentioned alongside other great stories of the caped crusader such as Year One, Hush and The Long Halloween.

This fact is even more amazing when you realize Batman is not even Bruce Wayne but rather Dick Grayson, the first Boy Wonder (don't worry, that's not a spoiler). Snyder weaves not only a great tale about the Dark Knight but maybe the greatest story about Lt. Jim Gordon ever written (which i will not even begin to spoil for you). Snyder is able to all of this while turning the city of Gotham itself into its own character, serving as the antagonist to these two brave heroes who must overcome there own personal misfortunes all while protecting the city they swore to do so. I simply cannot overstate how much I loved this run and how sad I was to see Snyder taken off Detective Comics in DC's recent relaunch. If you tend to only pick up trade paperbacks or collections of stories you can't go wrong this one. Snyder is as good as anyone when it comes to Batman and Jock's artwork is top notch.

Added note, if you like this collection, Snyder is now the writer for the Batman series starring Bruce Wayne and it has been equally great so far so be ready for a collection of those stories as well!
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful By T. JACKSON on November 30, 2011
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Scott Snyder is an amazing writer and his grasp of the Batman lore and mythos is pretty cool. I am a Batman fan. He is without question my favorite superhero. I especially like to read Batman when he is written well and the mythos of the character are seen as assets to the narrative as opposed to a liability. Given the long history of the character and his supporting cast, there are only a handful of writers who have been able to develop the core of who the character is. Snyder does no compromise that in his work. The Batman in Black Mirror is his adopted son and protege Richard 'Dick' Grayson who was the first Robin the Boy Wonder and later Nightwing.Nightwing: Year One (Batman) Grayson replaced the original Batman Bruce Wayne when he "died" Batman R.I.P.and this story takes place after Bruce makes his return from the "dead". Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne This story should be on the top five lists of Batman tales. It is just that good. I think Scott Snyder will go down as one of the best Batman writers ever. The story is awesome and stunning. I highly recommend you pick this up especially if you are fan of Batman. You can read this as stand alone tale but if you want some background on Dick Grayson's tenure as Batman check out Batman & Robin Vol. 1: Batman Reborn...Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By law1349 on March 31, 2013
Format: Paperback
Just go read the 1 and 2 star reviews of this book and you'll realize why its so awesome. It was just so dark and disturbing. Why would you expect Batman to be any different? I havent kept up to date with Batman since he died or went through time or whatever because it just seemed too silly. Leave that crap to Superman. This book really combines two different stories that sort of interconnect. One was very Bond-like with Batman getting caught up with some over the top villains and near death situations. The other was more Hannibal Lecter crazy. Both were equally enjoyable and the different artists for each story was perfect. I loved Dick as Batman. You could totally tell the difference between he and Bruce Wayne's Batman. I would love it if someone could recommend other great new Batman stories. If there's anything like this out there, I need to know about it.
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