Batman: Dear Detective (2022) #1 (Detective Comics (2016-))
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It's a futile mission -- an emotional hydra where heads keep popping back up and multiplying -- so his lifelong mission at the end of the day doesn't matter. At this point, the covers speak to Bruce's sidekicks, the torture and torment they endure, and how Jason Todd died -- joking about Bruce's breaking point and encouraging him to ignore his no-kill rule. Batman: Dear Detective is going to be a divisive comic book because it's neither a true comic book nor an art book, exactly, but tries to land somewhere between the two concepts. The letter deems Bruce a scared, lonely child, stating that he belongs in Arkham Asylum with all the other inmates he put there. So don’t go into this expecting your normal comic, because it’s really not your average Batman one-shot.
It’s not book-ruining by any means, and I understand that this wasn’t supposed to be a super dense noir thriller, but I do wish there was some more substance here. For example, on one page Batman is climbing up to a rooftop at night, the next he's on the roof in the middle of a rainstorm, the next he's jumping off the roof is a bright sunrise.This might come as a surprise to readers who know me a little well, but I actually really love the realism in Bermejo’s work. Despite being told that Lee Bermejo's art is being collected into a cohesive story told through his covers, this conceit doesn't hold up for long. It's a unique story, with riddles in between the covers, taunting the Bat to evoke the kind of haunting, tense mood fans saw recently in Matt Reeves' The Batman.
This issue is primarily a showcase of the art of Lee Bermejo and every page of art is brilliantly designed and filled with bold, beautiful detail. I agree with others that this is a total DC money grab, but I also think the "letters" let the collected art tell the story - essentially something we all know. In fact, the author teases they'll always own Gotham, and ensure that the city will make Bruce become what he hates most. Bermejo ist ein Ausnahmekünstler, der für mich die besten Batman Zeichnungen abliefert, sie sind düster und wirken realistisch.A collection of Lee Bermejo cover illustrations done for Batman comics cleverly presented as a story with interstitial pages of a letter to Batman from one of his enemies. So I bought this explicitly for the art, but I vaguely flipped through it so I didn’t really get a good look at anything (intentionally). He even draws my favorite realistic Batman suit because of how tactical it looks while still feeling like the kind of suit Batman would use to strike and deliver fear into the hearts of Gotham City's underworld. This big twist shows how Bermejo gave crime a personality and made it an immortal, never-ending foe.
Later on we get images where Batman is fighting alongside various members of the family, and against different villains, and if these were just snapshots of his life that would be fine, but it's apparently one single narrative? Batman: Dear Detective ist sicher nicht für jeden, da es weder ein richtiger Comic, noch ein Artbook ist, aber ich bin begeistert und würde es jedem Fan von Lee Bermejo ans Herz legen, schaut euch nur mal diese Bilder an, ein Traum von mir, die volle Punktzahl ☆☆☆☆☆. And make no mistake, just like Paul Dano's Riddler mentally worked Batman, this story's ciphers, while simpler, do leave a trail of breadcrumbs hinting that the Riddler is behind the sinister, eerie letter again once again. I know he does it mostly digital which probably helps him zoom in to get the microscopic details in place. This isn't a comic, it's a collection of Bermejo's cover art stuck together in a book, which is fine if that's what they were saying it is.Graphic Novels Batgirl (comic) Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Rebirth (comic) Batman (comic) Batman ’66 (comic) Batman ’66 Meets the Man From U.
The “story” that is told between the pages is a series of mysterious letters to Batman by an unknown character. However, by the time the narrative wraps, a dark twist ensues that proves the Dark Knight will never win his crusade. The book is presented in the over-sized magazine format and his art, for the most part, looks absolutely great (there are a few early pages that look fuzzy to me. The bit of story throw in is a fun little puzzle and perfectly paired with the gritty cover art telling the rest of the story.Lee Bermejo is a spectacular artist and an especially premium Batman artist because of how gritty he makes the Dark Knight in his drawings. comic) Batman and Robin (comic) Batman and Robin Eternal (comic) Batman/Superman (comic) Batman v Superman (General Mills) Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (comic) Batman: Arkham Unhinged Batwing (comic) Catwoman (comic) Detective Comics (comic) Earth 2 (comic) Earth 2: Society (comic) Gotham Academy (comic) Gotham Academy: Second Semester (comic) Gotham by Midnight (comic) Grayson (comic) Harley Quinn (comic) Injustice: Gods Among Us (comic) Injustice: Gods Among Us: Ground Zero (comic) Justice League (comic) Justice League/Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (comic) Justice League of America (Rebirth) Mother Panic (comic) New Suicide Squad (comic) Nightwing (comic) Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death (comic) Red Hood/Arsenal (comic) Red Hood and the Outlaws (comic) Robin: Son of Batman (comic) Teen Titans Go! Once more, it appears the Riddler was poking fun at that existential dread within Batman and how he'll never see success, despite trying to become the embodiment of justice. It's a simple story (and quite good), but the presentation is wonderful and that's enough for this book to please me.