Writer: Ed Brubaker
Artist: Patrick Zircher (p), Aaron Sowd (i)
Publisher: DC Comics
Batman and golden age Green Lantern team up to find the mysterious "Made Of Wood" Copy-cat killer. Former Commissioner Gordon also sets out on his own adventure. Sticking his nose where it doesn't belong, he finds himself in a very sticky situation.
I've really enjoyed Brubaker's run on Detective Comics. He writes a good mystery story, the kind that is needed for Detective Comics. Every issue leaves you hanging and throws another surprise at you. This issue really shows what he's capable of doing: you have the mysterious killer, who's copying an old 1940s murder's style; two heroes take it upon themselves to crack the case; and a former cop wants in on the action. This all proves to be a very satisfying story.
Zircher's artwork is pretty good. Not my first choice, but still pleasing. His figures are very nicely done. In every panel you can see the amount of detail he puts into his work - not overly detailed, not under detailed, just right. These Tim Sale covers I've really enjoyed a lot too. He's always been one of my favorite artists and I'm glad to see him doing Batman again, even if it's only covers. My only criticism about the artwork would be the colors. They're ok as is but I think they could livening them up a bit. Give them some more flavor, more appeal to them. It makes the book more "wow" when you look at it.
Overall I'd say this was a good issue. For $2.75 it's not bad. I'd actually like to see the price drop to $2.25 or $2.50. But I don't work at DC so I'll just have to live with it. I would recommend this book to anyone whose looking for a good read. Brubaker's story are always good and Zircher's art compliments that.
All in all this is a good book. Batman fan or not you'd enjoy this one, so I'd pick it up. You don't know what you're missing.
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