Review: Detective Comics, Vol. 2: Scare Tactics by Tony S. Daniel, Ed Benes (Illustrator)

Detective Comics, Vol. 2: Scare TacticsDetective Comics, Vol. 2: Scare Tactics by Tony S. Daniel

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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.

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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!
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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.

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