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Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 1: Faces of Death (The New 52), Hardcover, 1st Edition by Daniel, Tony S.

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Hardcover: 1st Edition
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Publication Date: 2012-06-12
Publisher: DC Comics
Hardcover : 176 pages
Edition: 1st Edition
Author: Daniel, Tony S.
ISBN-10: 1401234666
ISBN-13: 9781401234669

Product Description A  New York Times Bestseller As a part of the acclaimed DC Comics—The New 52 event of September 2011, Detective Comics is relaunched for the first time ever with an all-new number #1! Bruce Wayne returns as Batman, and sets his sights on new villain the Gotham Ripper, who in turn has his sights on Batman. Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne explores a budding romance with television journalist Charlotte Rivers, who's visiting Gotham City to cover the gruesome slayings–while also trying to uncover Bruce's own mystery. But time is running out as both Commissioner Gordon and Batman work to uncover the true identity of this new serial killer. This volume collects issues 1-7 of Detective Comics, part of the DC Comics—The New 52 event. Review Q&A with Tony S. Daniel Q: What's it like working on a huge initiative like The New 52? Tony S. Daniel: It was certainly a huge undertaking for me. Detective Comics has never had a relaunch before and it was DC's longest running book. Luckily, Batman is one of the world's most iconic and recognized superheroes ever created. So there wasn't going to be much tinkering on my end. My job was to reacquaint long time readers and new readers alike, using the familiar in a way that it seems fresh.  Q: How are you balancing making these stories and characters feel fresh and new while still respecting what came before? TSD: Batman is a character who relies on technology. So luckily, he's a character who has always changed with the times. There's nothing about Batman that is ever outdated because his technology is always more advanced. I chose to introduce new villains for Batman, such as The Dollmaker, and mixing in some old favorites like The Joker and The Penguin. Q: What would you say defines the character you are working on? TSD: Batman is defined by his never ending quest for bringing justice to Gotham City. It's an undertaking that is impossible to achieve, but his will to press on and make Gotham City safer no matter the personal sacrifices he must make keeps Batman, and Bruce Wayne, relatable and admirable. Q: What stories or creators inspire you most when working on your character? TSD: For me, my love of the character started with Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns. Until then, I had only really experienced Batman through the 60s television show. So seeing Batman gritty, forceful and dark while at the same time contrasting with his personal side made him so much more human, or real, to me. Since then I've been inspired or influenced by all the great artists and writers who have come along these past few decades. Q: So what do you consider to be your character's definitive stories? TSD: As mentioned, The Dark Knight Returns, as well classics like The Long Halloween, Hush, and most recently, Grant Morrison's The Black Glove and R.I.P. Q: What have you thought about the response so far for The New 52 and your title as whole? TSD: I am overwhelmed with the positive reaction. It was a big undertaking, and I thought a big risk, too. But you have to push the envelope with comics. You have to take chances to keep relevant. Growing and evolving is absolutely necessary in the arts. Q: Do you keep up with any of the other New 52 books? Which ones and why? TSD: I keep up with all the Batman titles. I have to since it's part of my job to understand what the other writers are doing. I also have been keeping up with all the other big books like Action Comics, Justice League, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash and Aquaman. There are too many to list actually, and with my busy schedule, not enough time. Q: Has social media and increased direct interaction with DC Comics' fans changed your writing/drawing approach at all in regards to The New 52? TSD: I use Facebook primarily to connect with readers. I honestly try not to be influenced by outside sources and look mainly to editorial for that. There are so many fans and so many opinions on what they like or don't

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