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Batman must face the madness of the Mad Hatter, and then take on the Talons of the Court of Owls! But even if he survives that, he must face a whole new set of fears when the Scarecrow returns! Can the Dark Knight overcome the terror the Scarecrow brings? And explore the bizarre similarities between these two enemies and how the idea of fear has shaped their lives! Batman must face the madness of the Mad Hatter, and then take on the Talons of the Court of Owls! But even if he survives that, he must face a whole new set of fears when the Scarecrow returns! Can the Dark Knight overcome the terror the Scarecrow brings? And explore the bizarre similarities between these two enemies and how the idea of fear has shaped their lives! Collecting: Batman – Detective Comics, #8-12, 0 and Annual #1.


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Batman must face the madness of the Mad Hatter, and then take on the Talons of the Court of Owls! But even if he survives that, he must face a whole new set of fears when the Scarecrow returns! Can the Dark Knight overcome the terror the Scarecrow brings? And explore the bizarre similarities between these two enemies and how the idea of fear has shaped their lives! Batman must face the madness of the Mad Hatter, and then take on the Talons of the Court of Owls! But even if he survives that, he must face a whole new set of fears when the Scarecrow returns! Can the Dark Knight overcome the terror the Scarecrow brings? And explore the bizarre similarities between these two enemies and how the idea of fear has shaped their lives! Collecting: Batman – Detective Comics, #8-12, 0 and Annual #1.

30 review for Batman – Detective Comics, Volume 2: Scare Tactics

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jayson

    (B-) 70% | Satisfactory Notes: The last slow drips and dregs from a stale bottle of weak sauce. Lacking vigor, it confuses convolution for cleverness.

  2. 4 out of 5

    MischaS_

    I am not really sure what I should tell you. This did not really work. Utterly confusing. Too much that does not really mash together was forced together. You have Catwoman, Scarecrow, Owls (which really shocked me cause I had no idea why those were there), Mad Hatter, Two-face, Black Mask, Mr. Toxic... That was simply too much. Tony Daniel should focus more on his artwork which is excellent. Unfortunately, I find his writing/story-telling somewhat lacking.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Detective Comics, Volume 2: Scare Tactics is an assortment of bad Batman short stories, mostly written by Tony S. Daniel, a guy who can draw right good but cannot write right at all! Catwoman steals something for Scarecrow or something Batman stops her. Theres a Night of the Owls crossover where chaos erupts inside Arkham Asylum after the Talons target Dr. Arkham Batman stop them. This is followed by a tedious three-part story involving a mad scientist cloning himself Batman stops him. Black Detective Comics, Volume 2: Scare Tactics is an assortment of bad Batman short stories, mostly written by Tony S. Daniel, a guy who can draw right good but cannot write right at all! Catwoman steals something for Scarecrow or something – Batman stops her. There’s a Night of the Owls crossover where chaos erupts inside Arkham Asylum after the Talons target Dr. Arkham – Batman stop them. This is followed by a tedious three-part story involving a mad scientist cloning himself – Batman stops him. Black Mask and Mad Hatter do something – Batman stops them. And finally there’s another Bruce Wayne origin set in the Himalayas and the book closes out with a series of short Two-Face stories about nothing. So yeah: the writing is formulaic, tedious, unimpressive and the stories are almost instantly forgettable – so it goes with Tony Daniel’s Batman comics! Still, even though it’s obviously heavily influenced by Jim Lee, I love his sleek art style which is so damn near perfect for Batman’s look. In fact generally it’s impressive how many artists there are contributing pages in this volume and the art looks almost uniformly the same; just goes to show have pervasive Jim Lee’s art style is at DC. Except for the Two-Face backup art which was just black ink smeared on the page making it hard to discern what was going on (the answer: nothing worthwhile). Pretty pages don’t make for a great book though and I was immensely bored reading this lengthy, pointless volume. Tony Daniel is just another artist who can’t write – I wouldn’t recommend any Batman books with this dude’s name on. The cover made me laugh though – looks like Batman’s taking an almighty shit and he’s barely hanging on!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Visually, this is nice, and the story didn't stink...but it's not going to knock you socks off. I'm not sure how to classify this one, other than to say that it's a decent piece of Batman filler. Nothing about the story pissed me off, and nothing made me go Wow!. And maybe that's not entirely Daniel's fault. I mean, this title is competing with Snyder's excellent run on Batman, so most anything is going to seem meh compared to it, right? There's a small portion of the Owls crossover, where they Visually, this is nice, and the story didn't stink...but it's not going to knock you socks off. I'm not sure how to classify this one, other than to say that it's a decent piece of Batman filler. Nothing about the story pissed me off, and nothing made me go Wow!. And maybe that's not entirely Daniel's fault. I mean, this title is competing with Snyder's excellent run on Batman, so most anything is going to seem meh compared to it, right? There's a small portion of the Owls crossover, where they attack the Assylum and try to take out Jeremiah Arkham. It involves Black Mask, which in turn, brings the Mad Hatter into the story. Ehhhhh. Kudos to Daniel for trying to make Jervis Tetch look like a badass. It didn't work. But I think he should get an I Participated medal for the effort. Then there's another storyline with Mr. Toxic. Something, something, clones, something, something, evil scientist... And so on. The moral of the story? Radiation isn't something you should play around with! There's a few one-shot issues at the end that don't suck too badly. One involves a newbie to the Gotham PD, who has to guard that flap of Joker's skin overnight. Another is a flashback to Bruce learning some Mind Over Matter kung fu shit from a grumpy old fart, who apparently has more problems than Bruce. And then there's the What Was Alfred Doing, While Bruce Was Kung Fuing? issue. This is a fairly thick volume, so you're definitely going to get your money's worth out of it, if you decide to buy. Recommended for Hardcore Batfans only.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sud666

    Breaking the tried and true concept of the New 52 books being subpar is this volume from Detective Comics. Scare Tactics is pretty decent. It shows Batman being more of a Detective (considering the name of the comic-no surprise). There is someone who is manipulating people by mind control. Batman suspects it is the Black mask, but events show that it isn't. Who is behind this? There is also another story about someone named Mr. Toxic and his plan to destroy Gotham. Tony Daniel manages to focus on Breaking the tried and true concept of the New 52 books being subpar is this volume from Detective Comics. Scare Tactics is pretty decent. It shows Batman being more of a Detective (considering the name of the comic-no surprise). There is someone who is manipulating people by mind control. Batman suspects it is the Black mask, but events show that it isn't. Who is behind this? There is also another story about someone named Mr. Toxic and his plan to destroy Gotham. Tony Daniel manages to focus on the Batman and that is a nice change from the fascination with "new" C or D list heroes. For the most part the stories are fairly well done and the artists are similarly decent. One story, IMHO, stands far above the rest- The Final Lesson, showing what Bruce was doing post his parents murder, has Bruce training under a famed zen warrior. He learns a great many lessons about love and loss. It is a great little story and the ending is sublime. All in all this was a nice change from the piss poor crap that I've run across coming out of DC's publishing house. It has the feel of the older stories and focuses on Batman instead of the crappy Bat-groupies who seem to have eclipsed the Dark Knight. The only story that wasn't all that great was the odd Two-Face story. It wasn't terrible but Dent's motivations are getting harder to fathom-is he still a bad guy? Nice little addition to the batman collection-far better than most of the pap masquerading as Batman comics.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kee ✦ Queen

    To any Batman fan who wishes to read him in the comics medium for the first time ever: Please don't bother with this and avoid it at all cost. You are not missing out on anything. I want you to enjoy your precious reading experiences when it comes to Batman, and Tony S. Daniel's two collected volumes entitled Faces of Death and Scare Tactics will never be a good place for you start. I would only recommend you to check out the first issue which included some information about the Joker. That was To any Batman fan who wishes to read him in the comics medium for the first time ever: Please don't bother with this and avoid it at all cost. You are not missing out on anything. I want you to enjoy your precious reading experiences when it comes to Batman, and Tony S. Daniel's two collected volumes entitled Faces of Death and Scare Tactics will never be a good place for you start. I would only recommend you to check out the first issue which included some information about the Joker. That was a fairly acceptable story. There is also the issue zero for New 52's Detective Comics which happens to be a part of this collection as well, but that's it. I would not waste writing a longer review for this one because I quite frankly had no energy, let alone affection or love, to spare this shite some. Daniel has proven himself a great artist; his illustrations for these volumes were superb and enchanting; but he certainly hasn't made up for substance or enjoyment which his stories in said volumes sadly often lack. So, new reader looking for a prospective Batman comic book to get started with, I advise you to take your bearings elsewhere and avoid this massacre of good sense. As you embark on your journey to read Batman for the first time, there are plenty of better and more enduring titles to start with than this one. NOT RECOMMENDED: 1/10 DO READ MY BATMAN COMICS REVIEWS AT:

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jesse A

    Certainly the lesser New 52 Batman title but still ok to pass the time.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Christopher (Donut)

    Just disappointing. Stupid as hell. Tony S. Daniel can draw, but he sure can't write.

  9. 4 out of 5

    David Dalton

    An okay collection, but not as good as the Batman (2011) collections that I have read so far: Vols I, II, III, and IV. More stories that tie into the Court of Owls and a few other good stories. Next up is a Joker collection (Endgame).

  10. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    I like trying to find the good in books, even when I don't like them. Focusing on the ideas or the interesting moments that are on the right track, or something. Unfortunately, this book is simply unreadable. Tony Daniel, who I believe got this Batman writing job based solely on his ability to draw Batman in Grant Morrison's Batman: R.I.P. (two skills that are absolutely not the same), just cannot string a story together. His structure is borderline unfollowable, his "mysteries" proceed with no I like trying to find the good in books, even when I don't like them. Focusing on the ideas or the interesting moments that are on the right track, or something. Unfortunately, this book is simply unreadable. Tony Daniel, who I believe got this Batman writing job based solely on his ability to draw Batman in Grant Morrison's Batman: R.I.P. (two skills that are absolutely not the same), just cannot string a story together. His structure is borderline unfollowable, his "mysteries" proceed with no sense of revelation or surprise, and his broader premises regarding villains and plot are boring at best, extremely overdone at worst. And, to make matters worse, I think whatever time he spent writing this ended up taking away from his time pencilling, because his art isn't even worth the price of admission (not to mention the fact that sometimes he doesn't even do the pencils at all). This is just a true waste of time to read. It adds nothing to the greater Batman stories at play in the New 52 universe, and actively detracts from the character and the suspense building in other Batman series. I would go so far as to actively recommend NOT reading this if you're a Batman fan of any sort. I'm glad to see a new creative team is taking over Detective Comics in volume 3, otherwise I would've stopped here.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

    So many different things going on in just one volume. Crazy, crazy volume. Mr. Toxic was an interesting storyline, but I expected more out of it; maybe the arrival of some speedsters, if you know what I mean. The origin story (issue #0) was quite original to my eyes, I was pretty satisfied by it and it would probably be the highlight of the volume (even if you can argue its clicheness). The artwork is beyond reproach. Pretty everywhere, even has 2-page-long panels here and then to showcase a So many different things going on in just one volume. Crazy, crazy volume. Mr. Toxic was an interesting storyline, but I expected more out of it; maybe the arrival of some speedsters, if you know what I mean. The origin story (issue #0) was quite original to my eyes, I was pretty satisfied by it and it would probably be the highlight of the volume (even if you can argue its clicheness). The artwork is beyond reproach. Pretty everywhere, even has 2-page-long panels here and then to showcase a furious Batman filled with anger, rage and power. Overall, I wasn't amazed or bummed out. It felt like a bunch of typical average adventures for Batman and friends. Compared to Snyder's run, this series tend to be all over the place and leave some many doors of opportunities wide open. No wonder Snyder is going to jump onto Detective Comics and leave the main Batman series to someone else. P.S. A full review to come Yours truly, Lashaan Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: http://bookidote.wordpress.com

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kyle

    Issue #0 was pretty good, but I'm getting a little tired of the Batman-in-Training stories. They're all the same. Spoon-fed, "art-of-war" spiritualism whilst Bruce must accept one of his repressed, all-to-common, human emotions. This particular issue has a dynamite ending, so it is worth the read. Everything else in this volume is painfully average. Let's hope Mr. Toxic never comes back. I particularly disliked the Two-Face mini stories. I mean, I get that they were trying to go for a noir look to Issue #0 was pretty good, but I'm getting a little tired of the Batman-in-Training stories. They're all the same. Spoon-fed, "art-of-war" spiritualism whilst Bruce must accept one of his repressed, all-to-common, human emotions. This particular issue has a dynamite ending, so it is worth the read. Everything else in this volume is painfully average. Let's hope Mr. Toxic never comes back. I particularly disliked the Two-Face mini stories. I mean, I get that they were trying to go for a noir look to the artwork... but it is seriously only talking shadows. Black ink on black ink with barely anything to look at. Terrible artwork and an uninteresting story. 2.5/5

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michael O'Brien

    This was classic Batman all the way ---- Batman using quick thinking and intelligence as well as superb hand to hand combat skills to thwart and beat up the bad guys. So this was a fun one to read!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sans

    This read like early Kirby. And not in a good way.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Once again, I find myself not actively hating Tony Daniel's Detective Comics unlike quite a lot of the reviews I've seen. And once again, like volume 1, this is solid, if unspectacular - at least for the most part. Issue 8 is a done-in-one Scarecrow tale which is decent enough, and picks up on that Eli Strange story from back in volume 1 that I thought wouldn't be revisited, so kudos to Daniel for surprising me. Issue 9 is the Court of Owls crossover issue, and whilst it's a basic Once again, I find myself not actively hating Tony Daniel's Detective Comics unlike quite a lot of the reviews I've seen. And once again, like volume 1, this is solid, if unspectacular - at least for the most part. Issue 8 is a done-in-one Scarecrow tale which is decent enough, and picks up on that Eli Strange story from back in volume 1 that I thought wouldn't be revisited, so kudos to Daniel for surprising me. Issue 9 is the Court of Owls crossover issue, and whilst it's a basic 'Talon-Attacks-Important-Person' story like most of them, it does set up the events of the Annual, which we'll get to in a sec. Issues 10-12 are a three part story that not only revists Hugh Marder and Charlotte Rivers (even if it's just to shuffle Charlotte off out of the way), two characters I again thought Daniel would forget about, but instead draws into a head-scratching mystery. It's not completely satisfying, but it's decent enough. Next comes the Annual, which is a mess. It's 40 pages of Black Mask, who is now oddly hypnotic, and the Mad Hatter trying to kill each other, and Batman getting in the way. Add in some basic art from Romeno Molenaar and Pere Perez (who I thought was much better than this) and this is a waste of space. A #0 issue comes next, which details Bruce's training in Tibet. It's mostly predictable, to be honest, but it's not actively insulting or anything. That's saved for the next bit of the trade. The back-up stories that were featured in issues 8-12 and #0 are also collected here, and that's where things start to go a bit wrong. The opening story seems to be from the #0 issue, showing Bruce come back from all his training, and this is okay. There's also a prelude to Death of the Family at the end, which is chilling indeed. But the middle ones are all about Two Face, as he...I'm really not sure. Goes undercover in a cult? Gets mixed up in some weird stuff with the District Attorney? It's really unclear. The story goes nowhere, and it's all a bit rubbish really. Tony Daniel's Detective Comics (bar the back-ups) is a book I'd recommend to new comic readers, who haven't touched anything before. It's not too difficult to get into, it doesn't offer up anything particularly complicated to understand, but it'll whet the appetite and cue you up for enjoying much better books out there.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Gavin

    It is OK. Maybe 2.5 stars. Yet again, Daniel shows he's got the artistic skills to draw Batman and co., but shouldn't be doing the story to match his visuals. I read this a couple hours ago and I'm already straining to recall it... Scarecrow puts Batman on the trail of Eli Strange (Hugo's 'son') and the book opens with Catwoman falling...she was in a trance? Whatever. Captures them all. Then there's Mr. Toxic...ya. Looks like the Red Hood of old crossed with Crossbones from Captain America world. It is OK. Maybe 2.5 stars. Yet again, Daniel shows he's got the artistic skills to draw Batman and co., but shouldn't be doing the story to match his visuals. I read this a couple hours ago and I'm already straining to recall it... Scarecrow puts Batman on the trail of Eli Strange (Hugo's 'son') and the book opens with Catwoman falling...she was in a trance? Whatever. Captures them all. Then there's Mr. Toxic...ya. Looks like the Red Hood of old crossed with Crossbones from Captain America world. He's a scientist who took Wayne Foundation money and built a Large Hadron Collider so he can somehow clone himself? He uses these clones to dress up as Batmen and rob lab stuff from all over town. Batman gets some help from a homeless man (who used to be a big scientist) to give some 411 on this dude. Either way, there's a lot of messy radioactive bodies and shit but somehow Bats makes it. There's also some stuff with Jeremiah Arkham, treating Roman Sionis (Black Mask) and that's OK, but still... The #0 issue shows Bruce training in Tibet or Nepal or some junk with a Zen Warrior master. Shit goes down which pretty much teaches Bruce not to trust 'dem bitches. Give up on love and all that jazz... Finally there's a story about Alfred waiting around for Bruce to come back from his training abroad and the Kane family wanting to take the Manor since they assume that Bruce is dead....then there's a bunch of silly little Two-Face stories... The Mr. Toxic stuff is actually the best of the bunch in comparison. Black Mask has a showdown with the Mad Hatter that either means New 52 has elevated Mad Hatter to A-list villain (he's in Dark Knight as well) or make Black Mask less imposing and impressive. All in all, the stuff about cloning and time travel and radioactive scientist man who makes himself into Mr. Toxic is actually the best part of this.... Luckily, John Layman (CHEW) is taking over for Vol. 3 and I hope, that will mark an improvement...maybe Batman will fight a cibopath???

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ivy

    5 stars Very good comic book. Nice to see my favorite DC superhero, Batman. It is also my birthday today. Turned 22 this year. Can't wait to read more comics with Batman!!!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    Detective Comics: Scare Tactics picks up where the previous volume left off, collecting the next five issues (Detective Comics #812) of the 2016 on-going series with Detective Comics #0 and Detective Comics Annual #1 and covers seven interconnecting one-issue stories. This trade paperback has Bruce Wayne as Batman taking on various villains: Jonathan Crane as Scarecrow, Hugo Strange (Detective Comics #8), Mr. Toxic (Detective Comics #1012), and the False Face Society (Detective Comics Annual #1). Detective Comics: Scare Tactics picks up where the previous volume left off, collecting the next five issues (Detective Comics #8–12) of the 2016 on-going series with Detective Comics #0 and Detective Comics Annual #1 and covers seven interconnecting one-issue stories. This trade paperback has Bruce Wayne as Batman taking on various villains: Jonathan Crane as Scarecrow, Hugo Strange (Detective Comics #8), Mr. Toxic (Detective Comics #10–12), and the False Face Society (Detective Comics Annual #1). Additionally, there are back-up stories staring Harvey Dent as Two-Face (Detective Comics #8–11) and Nancy Strode a new recruit on the GCPD (Detective Comics #12). There were two tie-in issues in this trade paperback Detective Comics #9 is a Night of the Owl tie-in, where Bruce Wayne as Batman take care one of the many Talons. The other tie-in was for the Zero Month where we have two stories: one where we see the last days of Bruce Wayne's training in the Himalayas and the back-up story where we see things through Alfred Pennyworth. With the exception of one issue: Batman #0 which were penned by Gregg Hurwitz (main story) and James Tynion IV (back-up story), the rest of the trade paperback was penned by Tony S. Daniel – including the back-up stories. For the most part, it was written rather well. However, there seems to be a lack of focus for the trade paperback and it didn't help matters that the back-up stories went their one way, which makes it seems like a mess. Tony S. Daniel (Detective Comics #8–9 and 12), Szymon Kudranski (Detective Comics #8–12 backups), Pere Pérez (Detective Comics #0 and Detective Comics Annual #1), Ed Benes (Detective Comics #10), Julio Ferreira and Eduardo Pansica (Detective Comics #11), Henrik Jonsson (Detective Comics #0), and Romano Molenaar (Detective Comics Annual #1) are the pencilers of the trade paperback. Eight different pencilers with a varied of different styles made this trade paperback hard to read as the artistic flow is wildly turbulent. All in all, Detective Comics: Scare Tactics is an adequate continuation to what would hopefully be an equally wonderful series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

    This collection of the New 52 Detective Comics is not terrible, but uninspired. While not a huge fan of Scott Snyder's concurrent run over on Batman, he was able to form a fairly cohesive book. Writer Daniels is unable to do this here. Other than most of the stories here are mysteries, there's not a true theme to this book, and each issue seems isolated not only from the ones that came before and those that came after, but from the larger DCU as a whole. Apropos the New 52, we get reminded that This collection of the New 52 Detective Comics is not terrible, but uninspired. While not a huge fan of Scott Snyder's concurrent run over on Batman, he was able to form a fairly cohesive book. Writer Daniels is unable to do this here. Other than most of the stories here are mysteries, there's not a true theme to this book, and each issue seems isolated not only from the ones that came before and those that came after, but from the larger DCU as a whole. Apropos the New 52, we get reminded that Batman has only been around for five years, and of course the whole Robin controversy doesn't even get mentioned. The zero issue presents a look into Bruce Wayne's training somewhere in the Himalayas, in a rather unsatisfying tale. The annual spotlights Two-Face and is one of the better tales in the book, written by future DC Rebirth Detective writer James Tynion IV.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shawn Deal

    Here is a story set beyond court of owls, but which still resonates from them. The mad hatter is wreaking havoc over Gotham and Batman. Good story telling and visuals.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anton

    This volume was a better overall package than the first volume because of the tie-in with Scott Snyder's Batman series. (Which is the better of the current Batman books) And so, as much as I enjoyed this installment of Detective Comics, I could not recommend it to those who plan on following one Batman series. If you want a dosage of Batman, go with Scott Snyder's series. However, if you can't get enough of Batman books, then you are doing yourself a disservice by skipping this series. Tony This volume was a better overall package than the first volume because of the tie-in with Scott Snyder's Batman series. (Which is the better of the current Batman books) And so, as much as I enjoyed this installment of Detective Comics, I could not recommend it to those who plan on following one Batman series. If you want a dosage of Batman, go with Scott Snyder's series. However, if you can't get enough of Batman books, then you are doing yourself a disservice by skipping this series. Tony Daniels' artwork is some of the medium's best, and he's perfect for this series because Detective Comics is a horror book. Tony Daniels' art is dark and ghastly. And so are his stories. This book is mostly a collection of standalone stories and my favorite stories were "The Final Lesson" and "The Abyss" 4/5 stars. If I wasn't comparing this to Snyder's series, I might have given it an extra star.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jake Prest

    Batman, D. Comics is literally the best New 52 series on the market. Daniel's script and ink bring Batman and his endeavors as Gotham's protector to life. The allies and villains he encounters are phenomenal in each their own way. This volume essentially sees Batman going up against adversaries such as Black Mask, Mad Hatter, and Scarecrow, but the one villain he encounters has more than just a score to settle, he plans to turn Gotham into an atomic wasteland: Mr. Toxic! Also, the Court of Owls Batman, D. Comics is literally the best New 52 series on the market. Daniel's script and ink bring Batman and his endeavors as Gotham's protector to life. The allies and villains he encounters are phenomenal in each their own way. This volume essentially sees Batman going up against adversaries such as Black Mask, Mad Hatter, and Scarecrow, but the one villain he encounters has more than just a score to settle, he plans to turn Gotham into an atomic wasteland: Mr. Toxic! Also, the Court of Owls still have unfinished business with the Bat, and there's even a Batman origin in the novel. It ALSO features a series of short comics starring Two-Face! (But enough spoilers) Overall, this comic brought the best of Tony S. Daniel, and it goes to show that this reboot of 'Detective Comics' is making a great impression on readers and critics alike.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Aron

    I'm lovin' the New 52 Detective Comics series! I thought it was extremely well written & the artwork was fantastic. The whole book was great & covered the Owls assault on Arkum which was interwoven with some Black Mask stuff & then there was a good chunk involving Mr. Toxic & an appearance of the Mad Hatter. At the end there where several short stories about Two Face & the Joker's face in the evidence room of GCPD. But what really put the icing on the cake for me was a short I'm lovin' the New 52 Detective Comics series! I thought it was extremely well written & the artwork was fantastic. The whole book was great & covered the Owls assault on Arkum which was interwoven with some Black Mask stuff & then there was a good chunk involving Mr. Toxic & an appearance of the Mad Hatter. At the end there where several short stories about Two Face & the Joker's face in the evidence room of GCPD. But what really put the icing on the cake for me was a short 8 page story about the night Bruce Wayne returns to Wayne Manor after years training to become The Dark Knight. It really does an excellent job of showcasing Alfred's unwavering love & loyalty to Bruce Wayne,...it was great! Looking forward to Vol. 3!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    More uneven than Vol 1, even discounting for the inclusion of the stand alone Zero issue and Annual. Daniel's art was again impressive but the stories weren't as interesting as those in the first volume. The Talon attack on Arkham had the feel of a tie into a cross title story of some kind but I haven't read the rest and I am not sure. The Zero issue was the highlight of this volume with it's story set during Bruce Wayne's pre-batman training days. The Annual stories about Two Face were More uneven than Vol 1, even discounting for the inclusion of the stand alone Zero issue and Annual. Daniel's art was again impressive but the stories weren't as interesting as those in the first volume. The Talon attack on Arkham had the feel of a tie into a cross title story of some kind but I haven't read the rest and I am not sure. The Zero issue was the highlight of this volume with it's story set during Bruce Wayne's pre-batman training days. The Annual stories about Two Face were disappointing, the art was so dark and shadow filled you couldn't tell who was who a lot of the time which made the story unintentionally confusing.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Givens

    Disjointed. There seems to be a mystery story somewhere in here, but I was confused. Characters are introduced and then never seen again. Plots last for an issue or so and then never go anywhere. I was really impressed with the New 52's first wave, but the second has been lackluster so far. Also contains a story about Bruce's pre-Batman training and some random Two-Face happenings for no obvious reason.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Eric Mikols

    This is definitely the weaker of the current Batbooks. This is only the second volume and it's already the second riot at Arkham. I can't wait to see it happen all over again next book. I would have given this two stars, but there was a single issue story in hear about Batman training that was very good. Too bad the surrounding material isn't on the same level. Also, since when does Black Mask control minds?

  27. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    I enjoyed this more than the first volume in the new Detective Comics run. This ended up being a series of short stories, basically, covering a variety of the Batman villains in different escapades. I especially liked the flashback into pre-Batman of Bruce training in Japan. Definitely curious to see what direction this series will take. It's still very dark and brooding feeling, especially the final few scenes with something finally being set up with the Joker twists in the first volume.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Mishap

    I get this monthly and enjoy it quite a bit, but man, brutal, violent, gory. I've been reading a history of how comics affected America through helping to create youth culture and the juvenile delinquency scare of the 50's blamed violent comic books. Those violent horror and crime titles of yesteryear look like kid's picture books compared to what goes on today.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    I really like the thought of a comic book author both writing and drawing an issue and Tony S Daniel has done a great job with Detective Comics Vol 2. It's not the most gripping of tales, but I do have appreciate seeing Batman get to show off why he's considered The Greatest Detective.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Derek Moreland

    Yep. Dumb, but really fun Bat-comics. No joke, I'm actually sad to see Daniel leave the series. It's not Shakespeare - hell, it's really just warmed over Frank Miller. But I dug it.

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