Detective #857: A Very Short Review

What an annoying turn this title has taken.

tecWith the ‘demise’ of Batman all the Bat titles have been revamped, and for some mysterious reason the oldest and most venerable of them all, Detective, has been made over to the Not Very Interesting Batwoman.  Detective in fact predates even Batman, and used to be a generic crime title starring the likes of Slam Bradley, plainclothes detective.

Violent, decompressed, and difficult to follow, this title is now really hard to get into.  The art is lovely, and writer Greg Rucka is ordinarily very good with stories about powerful women.  They have tried to make a big deal about how Batwoman is the first major lesbian heroine.  But, fatally, My Eyes Glaze Over.  I have over 40 years’ worth of this title, and I am seriously considering dropping it.

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About Brenda Clough

Brenda W. Clough spent much of her childhood overseas, courtesy of the U.S. government. Her first fantasy novel, The Crystal Crown, was published by DAW in 1984. She has also written The Dragon of Mishbil (1985), The Realm Beneath (1986), and The Name of the Sun (1988). Her children’s novel, An Impossumble Summer (1992), is set in her own house in Virginia, where she lives in a cottage at the edge of a forest. Her novel How Like a God, available from BVC, was published by Tor Books in 1997, and a sequel, Doors of Death and Life, was published in May 2000. Her latest novels from Book View Cafe include Revise the World (2009) and Speak to Our Desires. Her novel A Most Dangerous Woman is being serialized by Serial Box. Her novel The River Twice is newly available from BVC.


Detective #857: A Very Short Review — 2 Comments

  1. Wow. 40 years? That suggests a real nose dive in readability. I hit the wall with LOCUS that way — dropped it ten years ago, haven’t missed it. Too bad about Detective.

    We’ll know when you are truly fed up when you offer your collection for sale!

  2. Well, I can’t do -that-! I have some of the best issues of the title, ever. And you never know — I might want to reread them all, especially if I am laid up with back surgery or something. I did sell off my entire run of classic X-MEN on Ebay, however, when my daughter got into Stanford.