Preview: Detective Comics #1 by Tony Daniel

Preview: Detective Comics #1 by Tony Daniel

USA Today is the latest, grateful recipient of DC Comics' largesse, handing out DC New 52 Previews. He tells Brian Truitt that "his Detective Comics will emphasize the "detective" part, with high-tech, CSI-style mysteries to solve."

"It allows me to do some edgier stories," he says. "We're concentrating on serial killers and real bad guys in Gotham City— the scum of the earth — so I get to have a really good film-noir vibe going on with the character: dark, gritty, intense story lines that wouldn't have felt right with the more superhero-y Batman comic."

We also learn about the Dollmaker.

He's an all-new baddie created by Daniel who turns his victims into hodge-podge trophy dolls that are sold to the highest bidder.

"His goal is to take some of Gotham's elite and turn them into collectables," says Daniel, who has surrounded the Dollmaker with a crazy (and crazy-looking) "family" of accomplices that Batman will meet next month in the second Detective Comics issue. One is reminiscent of a human Jack in the Box, another looks like a monkey with cymbals that bangs on people's heads or cuts them open, and he even has a giant robot.

Can't wait for the toys…
Preview: Detective Comics #1 by Tony Daniel Preview: Detective Comics #1 by Tony Daniel Preview: Detective Comics #1 by Tony Daniel Preview: Detective Comics #1 by Tony Daniel

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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