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Product Details

  • Series: Batman (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (April 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401238408
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401238407
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.7 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is your go-to book."—Entertainment Weekly

"Detective Comics is head-spinningly spectacular from top to bottom."—MTV Geek

"The start to something truly great."—IGN

About the Author

Tony S. Daniel decided to be a comics artist in the eighth grade, and he hasn't looked back since. After making his professional debut in 1993 on Comico's The Elementals, he has contributed to Marvel's X-Force and Image's Spawn: Bloodfeud as well as writing and illustrating his own titles Silke, The Tenth and F5, which led him into work in Hollywood. After being lured back into comics to work with writer Geoff Johns on TEEN TITANS, Daniel went on to draw THE FLASH before landing his dream job pencilling BATMAN. The Batcave is, he reports, surprisingly cozy.

Customer Reviews

Tony S Daniel continues his amazing run as a writer of Batman stories.
Phillip Wright
Just don't expect too much improvement from the first volume because they are equally good/bad....I give Scare Tactics 3.4/5 stars.
The story's okay and gets a bit boring at times but it works for a short story.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Anarchy in the US TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
There are 4 different Batman books on the market stand from one another. The two best are Scott Snyder's Batman is the crème de la crème of the Bat books to read, and Peter Tomasi's phenomenal portrayal of Batman and his son Damien. The third Batman title is the extreme violent and weird sci-fi Batman: The Dark Knight book which is okay. Then there is Tony Daniels Detective Comics, which is about Batman doing more detective work then superhero antics. And for the most part, Detective Comics has been so-so under Daniels writing and drawing. Does volume 2 improve upon this from volume 1? More or less, it's still the same.

BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS VOL.2: SCARE TACTICS collects issues #8-12, #0, Batman Annual #1, with all of the backup stories.

Issue #8 is a stand alone issue about Batman running around Gotham looking into a hostage under Scarecrow, issue #9 deals is cross-over issues with Batman: Night of the Owls (The New 52) in which Batman stops the Talons from killing doctor Arkham, issues #10-12 is arc about a new villain Mr. Toxic (a being radiating with nuclear energy) that wants to harness black hole energies, the Annual #1 is about the return of Black Mask and his slow take-back of Gotham, and issue #0 is about Bruce Wayne (pre-Batman story) when he was training in the Himalayas to learn mastery of mind control.

Daniels writing for Batman ranks average most of the time, to occasionally good. He still writes some cheesy lines here and there that would fit just fine if this were an animated show of Batman, but reading it with the dark and serious tone of the book is off-putting and confusing.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Keyser Soze on April 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I really wish I could give it 3.5 stars but I think it is a little closer to 4 than to 3. I have always felt fans have been a little tough on Daniels writing but any time you take on one of the big characters it seems that the fans either love or hate the writer. Daniels art is definitely his strength and he is my personal favorite present Batman artist and one of my favorite all time. His writing is hard for me to put into words. I think he has great story ideas that I find quite interesting and enjoyable. It is the execution of those stories that are quite hit or miss. His writing is at times janky in that the stories just switch back and forth like a kid with ADD telling a story and he just goes back and forth sometime in the same issue and sometime from issue to issue. It also feels thatrthe stories are sometimes rushed and lacking details because of it, like he tried to take a story that should take 3 issues and make it two. I am not sure how much of these problems are Daniels writing and how many are DC telling him what must be done in the larger Batman universe where Snyder and Morrison seem to be top dog.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Luquillo on August 15, 2014
Format: Paperback
Catwoman is on a rampage across the Gotham City rooftops until she's encountered by Batman. He notices that she's not in her right mind at all due to falling victim to the Scarecrow's fear toxin. After treating her, Batman leaves on his mission which is to help the Scarecrow recover his toxins from a second party. -summary

The only thing scary about Batman - Detective Comics Volume 2: Scare Tactics is that DC kept Tony S. Daniel on writing and art duties for the main story. He has a hard enough time as it is telling even average stories. So tasking him for both will more than likely deliver mixed results at best; and another thing, he's much better writing Batman cracking faces instead of cases because action is his strong suit. This TPB collects issues 8 - 12, # 0 and Annual 1.

The first two stories are both a stand alone and a crossover. The first story follows Batman as he runs the Scarecrow's errand to save someone that may be a hostage. This story is over as soon as it begins to get good. It's pretty much a waste of time which is very similar to the rest of this book. The second story crosses over into Night of the Owls, as Batman breaks into Arkham Asylum to prevent the Owls assassins called Talons from completing a hit. The only thing worthwhile here is that it sets up for the Black Mask's full return, and like the other Bat-related titles that crosses over with this event excluding Nightwing; they all read better in the actual event book. Next up features the introduction of a new villain and we finally get something of a story arc.

This story follows Batman as he investigates some murders that are described by police as victims being melted. Batman meets a new villain by the name of Mr. Toxic, whom wants to blackmail a scientist into helping him.
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Format: Hardcover
Title: Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 2: Scare Tactics (HC)
Publisher: DC
Writer: Tony Daniel, Gregg Hurwitz, James Tynion
Artists: Tony Daniel, Sandu Florea, Szymon Kudranski, Ed Benes, Rob Hunter Julio Ferreira, Eduardo Pansica, Eber Ferreira, Richard Friend, Romano Molenaar, Pere Perez, Henrik Johnsson, Joel Gomez (pencils, inks), Tomeu Morey, John Kalisz, Andrew Dalhouse (colors), Tony Daniel and Tomeu Morey (covers)
Collects: Batman: Detective Comics #8-12, 0, & Detective Comics Annual #1
Price: $29.99

Tony Daniel continues to impress me with his writing skills. Sure, he has some help on a few sections of this book, but he is the main voice in this book and he hasn't disappointed me with any of his books, thus far. Volume 1 (Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 1: Faces of Death (The New 52)) of this book was a great read, and this volume is, as well. This is a fairly large, thick book, and you get a lot of story within its pages. (In fact, I couldn't help but wonder how much smaller a Marvel book containing seven issues would be.) The stories in this book are varied. The book isn't just one long narrative, but a series of tales - both past and present. Truth be told, there really isn't any over-arching theme, here, to connect all of the different stories, but they were all still enjoyable. This book could easily be called "Tales of The Dark Knight," and that would better suit it. The book has some origin tales of Bruce Wayne, a tale of Two-Face, a couple stories centered on Black Mask, a mystery surrounding Mr. Toxic (never heard of this guy before), a story of Batman defending Arkham Asylum from the Talons, and a bit about The Mad Hatter.
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