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Up-and-coming writer Scott Snyder (AMERICAN VAMPIRE) and acclaimed artist Jock (THE LOSERS) make their debut as the new ONGOING creative team of DETECTIVE COMICS!

In “The Black Mirror” part 1 of 3, a series of brutal murders pushes Batman’s detective skills to the limit and forces him to confront one of Gotham City’s oldest evils.

Plus, in the start of a COMMISSIONER GORDON second feature also written by Scott Snyder, when a figure from the past returns to Gotham, Jim Gordon must face some of his darkest demons. Featuring; Art by Francesco Francavilla (GARRISON).

Art and cover by JOCK

Price: $3.99
iFanboy Community Pick of the Week Percentage: 50.7%


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Avg Rating: 4.7
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  1. seriously can not wait to read this.

  2. I have a great feeling about this. This is the beginning of something special.

  3. I’m not a Jock fan, but GOD DAMN this looks awesome!

  4. I was really trying to trim down my pull list, damn you DC and your awesome talent placement.

  5. I respect Jock’s originality and talent, but I am really getting this for Snyder and Francavilla. This will be well worth the money.

  6. this will mark the first time i’ve bought detective since batwoman, and i can’t freaking wait

  7. Same here, wangman.

    The interiors could be 40 consecutive blank pages, I’d still spend $3.99 just to own that cover.

  8. I’m on the fence.  I haven’t read Detective since Batwoman.

  9. If this arc is going to be really good, I hope that it’s really long too!!  I get so sick of the best runs always wrapping up so fast!!

  10. 3 issues ?? was gonna wait for trade..

  11. This is my frontrunner for POTW unless Scalped does something unbelievably great, which is certainly a possibility.

  12. FINALY!!!

  13. I can’t believe how many time detective has appeared on my pull list later, great creators keep appearing on the title. I love Jock, and I really liked Snyder’s first arc on AV.

    The preview of this last week blew me away.

  14. Please let Jock’s art be good….Oh please!

    Other then that minor worry; I think this could be the start of an amazing run.

  15. My excitement level is at the MAX!

  16. Really looking forward to this; both the feature and the Gordon backup.

  17. Damn, this is gonna be a purty book!

  18. I’m on.

  19. This is gonna be awesoooooooome.

  20. i cant freakin wait. Bummer its only three issues.

  21. @Fvckstck – I don’t know why people only think it’s three issues.  I think the plan is for 12 (I’m hoping Snyder at least stays on for more, too many short runs these days).  The Gordon break in issue four is due to the back-ups getting cancelled, and will apparently happen every few issues to give Jock a break.

  22. i was kinda surprised at the art from the previews i’ve seen. I think i’ll hold off until i hear some feedback. 

  23. Shame this awesome creative team won’t have the real Batman to play with. Still … should be good.

  24. I’m not a big Jock fan and have never read Snyder, but I enjoyed the preview and am looking forward to picking this up.

  25. The only Jock I know is from his past Tec work with Batwoman, and the only Snyder I know is the first couple issues of American Vampire before I decided to just wait for a trade, but it’s enough to give this a shot especially cuz it’s Batman!

    Grayson is a REAL Batman now.

  26. Grayson has been a real Batman for a while now.

  27. I’ve been wating for this to get going, should be good.

  28. Grayson has been a real Batman since the spine incident in the mid ’90’s.  This was only backed up by the wonderful work in BTAS, where Waller discussed the necessity of having a Batman.

  29. OK, just read the preview.  I’ll give this a shot.

  30. I’m finally going to read a back-up!

  31. I was trying to cut my bat titles and then I saw the artistic line up. Curses. It must be true that every artist/writer in comics wants to do Batman (or something closely related), because DC keeps putting together really amazing teams year after year. I can’t think of any other character that gets this kind of treatment/love.

  32. I’m with everyone saying that this looks like the beginning of something special. Looking forward to tomorrow!

  33. This looks like the Batman I’ve been craving.  I’ve LOVED all the Morrison stuff over the past 4 years or so, but this looks like its getting back to the root subject matter.  Really excited that Jock’s on board, he’s such a good fit

  34. man, that interior art is really NOT my cup of tea 

  35. I can’t remember the last time I picked up a copy of Detective…(late 90’s maybe?) much less anticipated it coming out.  I can’t wait for Scott’s take on this title.  The cover is beautiful!  Jock is interesting but it’s all about Scott right now!

  36. Glad to have detective comics on my pull list again.

  37. Excellent issue.  A real Detective story with nice Dick Grayson character development.

  38. Great read! Detective is back on track!

  39. Story was a good start and both artists were on fire!

  40. This was great! And to think, I almost didn’t pick it up because of my "One Book Per Batman" rule. Considering how B&R was this week, consider this my monthly Grayson fix!

  41. Holy shit was this good. This was almost Rucka/ Brubaker era Batman era good. I can’t wait for more of this.

  42. I find myself enjoying the colouring more than the art. The colours really are excellent moodcreators. It reminds me of Frazer Irving’s colouring in Batman&Robin. That being said, I do liked the art, with a preference to  Francesco Francavilla’s Art

    Very good detective story. The characterisation of Dick Grayson and Commissioner Gordon are spot-on.

    This is the first single issue of Detective Comics I ever pulled by the way:).

  43. So that’s Gordon’s son?  What’s the story there?

  44. I don’t know, Dick sounded too much like Bruce to me in this, and Jock’s work was just eh, ok.  And then a storyline with the Mad Hatter as the main villain?  Nah.

    The art on Gordon’s backstory was reminiscent of David Mazzucchelli to me.

  45. @Frank – it’s not the Mad Hatter, it’s someone using stuff.  Good call on Mazzucchelli

  46. 57% of user POTW?? lol it wasn’t a bad issue, but wow.
    So many comic books come out each week, the huge % of people who always have exactly the same thoughts, is a real coincidence … every week.

  47. After a re-read of Dixon’s and McDaniel’s old Nightwing run, followed by a re-read of this issue, I find it so strange to see Dick as Batman. He really had developed his own identity as Nightwing, and it almost felt like a step backwards for him to be wearing daddy’s outfit. The characterization in this book, however, is so perfect, differentiating him from Bruce is subtle but important ways that it rings true as an evolution of Grayson rather than a gimmick.

    Great, great book.

  48. Nice start with a lot of potential.

  49. This kicked ass.

  50. I think the eventual path for Dick has to be back to Nightwing. When Bruce was gone, he took up the ‘cowl’ because he felt the world needed Batman. Now he is doing it because he let Bruce convince him about his Batman, Inc idea, probably partially just because he was so happy to have Bruce back and not dead. I think the Batman, Inc idea will eventually fall on hard times, while Dick will realize he wants to be his own man again. The only question is how long untli that happens. I normally look for anniversary issues for big changeovers, but Detective is still 2 and half years away from 900… not sure if they can keep two Batmans working for that long.

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