Detective Comics #821
I’m glad I picked this up. While Robinson’s Batman/Detective crossover helped reinvigorate the whole Batman concept, Dini’s first issue of Detective is really a return to form for, not just Batman the character, but the actual comic itself. This issue is a done in one caper that, shockingly, highlights Bruce Wayne’s ability as a detective. There’s a neat throwaway villain reminiscent of the old time villains who were meant to appear in one caper then disappear forever. Modern comics seem to be plunging into the recycling fad a bit too much these days – sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Façade has a neat shtick and serves the caper well. If I never see him again that’s fine but he does have potential as a Gotham based villain who should probably go up against The Question at some point.
I rate this comic: A true return to form for Detective Comics.