I have to say, the first issue of this series was WAY better than I expected it to be considering the writer and stuff. I'm still dubious about this series though, especially in light of how much I despised Tony Daniel's run on Batman before the reboot, but I'm going into this comic cautiously optimistic...
Detective Comics #2:
What Happened: Bruce Wayne randomly sleeps with a reporter before heading out to Arkham Asylum after learning of Joker's escape. While meeting Commissioner Gordon at the Asylum, Gordon mentions another case, this one involving a kidnapped girl. As if on cue, Gordon gets a radio report from a cop telling him he'd spotted the girl and the kidnapper heading into some building. Bats races off in front of Gordon and enters the building, finding the corpse of the recently murdered kidnapper, as well as the several hours dead body of the cop who supposedly sent the call. Bats is then attacked by several freaks wearing the skin of others stitched onto their bodies. The freaks manage to put Bats down, and this issue ends with the leader of the freaks, the Dollmaker, tossing Gordon into the room, with his skin all cut up like a jigsaw puzzle.
The Good: The story moved at a relatively fast pace. The artwork was good. I enjoyed the interaction between Dr. Arkham and Gordon.
The Bad: Basically anything that I didn't list in The Good section of this comic fits in this section. I don't particularly care about the Dollmaker nor his group of freaks. Bruce randomly sleeping with that reporter seemed kind of odd... The story just didn't interest me much.
The Verdict: Come on, how am I supposed to take a villain named The Dollmaker serious!? That right there handicaps the poor guy, because that name sucks! “Call me the Dollmaker!!!” It just doesn't work. Besides the unfortunately named villain, the story fell flat for me. We get Bruce talking business, sleeping with a reporter, going to Arkham, talking to Gordon and then losing to a parade of freaks. The fight with the freaks was okay, but the rest was kind of boring. As for Gordon, I'm going to guess that the guy we saw at the end of this one wasn't Gordon, but was some poor sap dressed in Gordon's clothes, because really, the Dollmaker would have had to move at super-speed to have done all that work to Gordon in such short order.
Score: 5 1/2 out of 10.I'm sorry, but “The Dollmaker” is just a terrible name... Good design though.