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COMIC REVIEW: DETECTIVE COMICS #821
Author: Bill "Jett" Ramey
Sunday, July 9, 2006
Story Arc: None
Story Title: "The Beautiful People", 1 of 1
Writer: Paul Dini
Art by: J.H. Williams III and John Kalisz
Cover Artist: Simone Bianchi

Now that “Face to Face” has ended, new creative teams have taken over the two main Bat-titles. DETECTIVE now features the creative team of artist J.H. Williams III, colorist John Kalisz, and the Paul Dini -- of BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES fame -- as writer.

There many great things about ‘tec #821. For one, it’s a stand-alone tale, so there is no cross-over into BATMAN or any of the other various Bat-books. Also, it is a self contained story, so we don’t have to wait until the next issue of ‘tec to find out what happens. Also, it’s just “Batman;” no mention of all that Infinite Crisis stuff or what happened during the “Face to Face” storyline.

Before I recap the story itself, I’ve got to say that I was very excited when I heard that Paul Dini was going to be writing DETECTIVE. As we all know, Paul Dini is a Batman guru and knows the character, his continuity, and his mythos inside and out. Hopefully this is the beginning of a long and successful run on this Bat-title.

The story featured in DETECTIVE #821 is titled “The Beautiful People.” It begins with The Batman foiling a simple mugging, which turns out to be anything but simple. There’s much more behind it. In fact, to get to the bottom of things, The Batman calls on Bruce Wayne to enter the world of Gotham’s elite to do some detective work. Why? Because there seems to be someone or a group targeting members of Gotham’s well-to-do.

“Detective” is the definitive word here, as this comic book features a tight and well written detective story. In addition, The Batman seen here is clearly “The World’s Greatest Detective" that we all once knew and loved. To me, and based on what I read in “Face to Face,” it seems that The Dark Knight Detective is back.

Combined with Dini’s excellent writing, J.H. Williams’ illustrations and John Kalisz’s colors make for a wonderful and fun to read Batman story.

Oh, one last thing. Aren't Simone Bianchi's covers simply marvelous?!

"Jett" is the founder and editor-in-chief of BATMAN ON FILM, BATMAN IN COMICS, and ON-FILM.NET.

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