Review by: Neb

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Even though I’ve had an off again, on again relationship with the main Batman book, I’ve never left Detective Comics, and that’s really only because Paul Dini continues to write home run after home run in this book.

The solicitation for this book explains it perfectly, so I won’t repeat it here.  Just know that Dini has crafted a mystery that is tons of fun.  As Batman tracks the killer, we see the return of Selina into his life, and we also find that amateur detectives have a website that they frequent too (Note: No, it is not iDetective).  As Batman spends some time on the Internet we find that he may not be the only super hero to frequent it’s html coded pages (Hint:  He’s a chimp…and he’s a detective).  As Batman pieces together the mystery, the reader is left clues as to who the killer really is, and the reveal at the end of the issue, as well as some interference from the Riddler, makes this issue sing with perfection.

To compliment Dini’s excellent story, Nguyen has pencilled an outstanding issue.  His panels are excellent and I love his Batman.  He has this sort of anime feel to his art, but it doesn’t take it to the extreme.  He uses shadows excellently when creating the Batman figure, and all of the character have distinct features about them.  Frankly, he and Dini could do this book forever, and I would buy it.  Forever.

If you’ve heard about this Dini fellow one too many times, and you want to see what all the hub bub is all about, pick up this issue.  It’s a great done-in-one that features a timeless character doing what he does best:  solving mysteries.

Story: 5 - Excellent
Art: 4 - Very Good

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