- Gebundene Ausgabe: 192 Seiten
- Verlag: DC Comics; Auflage: 52nd edition (26. November 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1401242669
- ISBN-13: 978-1401242664
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,5 x 1,4 x 26,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 126.030 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 3: Emperor Penguin (The New 52) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 26. November 2013
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"Detective Comics is head-spinningly spectacular from top to bottom."—MTV Geek
"The start to something truly great."—IGN
"A perfect transition into the medium."—Complex Magazine
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Once an editor for Wildstorm, John Layman turned to writing comics full-time in 2002 and mainly wrote for Marvel Comics. However, he is mostly known for his creator-owned titles at Image Comics, such as the graphic novel Puffed and the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning series Chew. He currently writes the monthly adventures of the Dark Knight in DETECTIVE COMICS.
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Auch in dieser Sammlung finden sich wieder zwei Geschichten aus einer anderen Sammlung, was aus finanzieller Hinsicht schon sehr irritierend ist. Besonders, da diese beiden Geschichten nicht wirklich zur Kernhandlung beitragen. Aber abgesehen von dieser Beutelschneiderei, für die ich einen Stern abziehe, ist die Kerngeschichte sowohl erzählöerisch, wie auch zeichnerisch überzeugend und sehr interessant.
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The first half of the book concerns Poison Ivy and Clayface who’re up to some shenanigans, while the second half follows a new villain called the Merrymaker, a dude in a plague mask inspired by the Joker. In the background is the titular character, the Emperor Penguin, who is the Penguin’s former assistant, Ogilvy, who’s decided to take advantage of Penguin’s absence (he was forced to help Joker in the Death of the Family storyline) to become the new head of Penguin’s empire.
The Ivy and Clayface storyline was a complete flatline for me. It was Ivy doing her usual act of making guys do her bidding and the only “mystery” was why Clayface was going along with it, believing he was Ivy’s husband. I say “mystery” because I definitely didn’t give a damn one way or the other and my reaction at the reveal was a shrug.
The Merrymaker storyline isn’t much better but is definitely more interesting. Referencing the Joker’s return in the Death of the Family storyline, a new group of devoted fans called the League of Smiles (terrible name!) is killing in the name of Joker. The references to fandom and Joker’s influence over weaker-minded people are narrative avenues Layman explores in a semi-compelling way.
The entire Emperor Penguin stuff though… meh. Emperor Penguin doesn’t distinguish himself enough from Penguin so while we see Oswald on his ass dealing with being on the bottom of the ladder, Emperor Penguin isn’t doing anything very differently from the original Penguin - he’s still scheming, coming up with criminal plans to beat Batman, etc., plus his personality is your bland stereotypical villain.
I was pleasantly surprised to discover this was the first New 52 book in a long while that wasn’t stuffed with pointless crossover issues. This volume collects Detective Comics #13-18 and NOTHING ELSE! It does reference events like Death of the Family and Damian’s death in Batman Incorporated but doesn’t have issues from those titles shoehorned into it. DC, if you’re reading this, and of course you are, let’s have more volumes like this please!
Layman’s a good writer but the storylines here don’t enthral (the aimless Ivy/Clayface one especially) and he needs to find a better hook for the series. I wouldn’t say he’s reinvigorated the title but he’s definitely pointed it in the right direction, away from whatever the hell Tony Daniel was doing. Jason Fabok and Andy Clarke’s art on the other hand is wonderful. Fabok draws the main issues and Clarke draws the backups (those focus on small players in Gotham’s underworld, some of which are actually more interesting than the main stories) and both draw Batman and Gotham beautifully - dark, gothic, beautifully dramatic, and exciting.
So is Detective Volume 3 a must-read? Nope! It’s an unfocused collection of middling Batman stories with great art, but there’s potential with this creative team that might develop in future volumes, so, unlike Tony Daniel’s first Detective book which turned me off the title, I’ll be around for the next one.
Each of the 6 issues included is largely self-contained but there's a central thread through all of it that revolves around Penguin's assistant Ogilvy. Several villains show up, including Ivy, Clayface and more and it all feels very organic. The book never throws a villain at you just for the sake of it. Also, the events here take place concurrently with Scott Snyder's Batman #3 and largely revolve around it, though not in a bad way at all. It takes penguin's involvement and the return of the joker and spins out really interesting stories from them, unlike most tie-ins.
On that note, the back-up stories are actually great here! All the other back-up stories I've read in the new 52 have been forgettable distractions that just waist page-space, usually written and illustrated by a different team. Here, however, Layman actually writes the back-ups so they fit in very well with what's going on in the core issues and enrich the story rather than distract you from it. Andy Clarke does the art and his style matches Fabok's very well. So again, no distractions!
If there's one complaint I have, it's that I want more! :D I'm definitely intrigued to see where Layman is headed and will definitely pick up #4 when it comes out. It's not revolutionary by any means but it's a massive improvement and a great read. I couldn't put it down.
--You definitely do not need to read the first 2 volumes to understand what's going on here (and you probably shouldn't anyway). Nothing from those is discussed or continued here so don't hesitate to jump in with this volume. However, you should read Batman #3 first to understand some of the tie-ins (and because it's quite good).
--This series and the core Batman by Snyder should have each other's names! Snyder's stories always have lots of mystery, minimal action, slow build up etc. The 'Detective Comics' name fits his style perfectly, whereas Tony Daniel and now this book fit the more classic Batman style of zany villains, batman beating up thugs, and playboy Bruce Wayne. So if you want actual detective stories, Scott Snyder is your man.
I guess I shouldn't have been as surprised as I was at how good this collection is. Layman's Chew does center around law enforcement. I'm such a big fan of Chew that I read the first two volumes of Detective Comics despite lackluster reviews and the lack of Layman's involvement. The artwork was always very good, and I did like some of the stories by Tony Daniels, but the writing was uneven. Not so with John Layman. He's truly turning into one of the best comic-book writers in America, and I don't think it's premature to mention him in the same breath as Jonathan Hickman and Geoff Johns. ****3/4