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Tony Daniel's DETECTIVE COMICS Run Comes to an End

The writer has announced he will no longer be working on the title.

There has been a bit of controversy when it comes to DETECTIVE COMICS and Tony Daniel. I believe people are pretty much in agreement over his artistic skills. It's sometimes been said that when he works on projects where he is both writing and drawing, they suffer a little. Personally, I enjoyed BATTLE FOR THE COWL even though the outcome was predictable. For me, it was about seeing the journey in getting there. DETECTIVE COMICS has been one of the top selling New 52 titles. Frankly, it's been one of the top selling titles period. Despite this, many have questioned the writing.

Today, via Facebook, Tony Daniel announced the final issue he has written and drawn will be issue #12. He will be only providing the art for issue #0.

It's been a long and adventurous journey for me, but there are other projects in the pipeline that I've been itching to do and I felt the need to scratch the itch. Next week DC will reveal some information on what one of the projects is I'm involved with.

Daniel went on to mention that he's also prepping for a something he's wanted to do for a while and is due in 2013. It is currently "top secret" and most likely won't be revealed until the Fall.

No word on who will be replacing Daniel as the writer or artist.

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Posted by GamerGeek360

Sad to say this doesn't surprise me at all. I'm interested in who comes on board.

Posted by kennybaese

And there was dancing in the streets.

I felt like this run started out alright, and I dug the kind of hard boiled noir feel he was going for in the book, but ultimately the book was too mediocre to keep my attention. Here's to hoping he continues as artist on the book after the zero issue. I really do like his art, he just can't write well.

Posted by Than11

probably for the best. with hurwitz on dark knight this was poised to become the weakest bat-book.

Posted by ObsideonDarman

Best news I've heard all day. All we need now is DC to take a long hard look at SUPERMAN and decide what the hell to do with it.

Posted by Mercy_

I don't find myself really disappointed by this news, mostly just intrigued what's gonna happen with the creative team.

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Posted by Kallarkz
@G-Man  said: 


It's been a long and adventurous journey for me, but there are other projects in the pipeline that I've been itching to do and I felt the need to scratch the itch. Next week DC will reveal some information on what one of the projects is I'm involved with
 
 
 mmmmm....would have preferred the truth which was "My writing sucked, people complained, they told me to gtfo the book. 
But as long as the result is the same I'm content. 
Posted by UltimateSMfan

@ObsideonDarman said:

Best news I've heard all day. All we need now is DC to take a long hard look at SUPERMAN and decide what the hell to do with it.

Amen to that.....hope scott lobdell delivers!!!

Posted by ObsideonDarman

@UltimateSMfan: What's this about Scott Lobdell delivering something?

Posted by doordoor123

@ObsideonDarman said:

Best news I've heard all day. All we need now is DC to take a long hard look at SUPERMAN and decide what the hell to do with it.

Lobdell is going to write Superman...

Posted by TDK_1997

Great!His writing sucks.

Posted by ObsideonDarman

@doordoor123: When was this announced?

Posted by UltimateSMfan

@ObsideonDarman said:

@UltimateSMfan: What's this about Scott Lobdell delivering something?

Wat @doordoor123 said...

Posted by SandMan_
@ObsideonDarman said:

Best news I've heard all day. All we need now is DC to take a long hard look at SUPERMAN and decide what the hell to do with it.

Indeed
Posted by The Mighty Monarch

Daniel wasn't as terrible as people made him out to be, but don't get me wrong, he wasn't great. The odd thing was, he started out actually quite good, and slowly got worse. Life After Death was great, and Battle for the Cowl wasn't half bad either. But since then he went downhill. Then he jumped back up a bit, but his Detective Comics run has never been more that so-so.

PLEASE can we get Paul Dini to replace him? PLEASE DC?

Posted by Mesamia

The  book was average to below average, but I did like Tony's art. Whoever comes in next they can't make the book worst than Dark Knight...can they?

Posted by wowylied

I had hope that the title was ending when i read the title...

Detective comic and the dark knight are the worst bat title since the beginning of the new52 and by far.

Posted by len1608

Praise Jesus!

Posted by Outside_85

Consider it only below Snyder's book out of the Bat family, so I dont see why people are cheering at this.

Posted by Kallarkz
@The Mighty Monarch  said: 
"Daniel wasn't as terrible as people made him out to be"
 
Reading comic books is a luxury and a costly one at that most of the time. Money used for comics could be better used for food, clothes, other entertainment purposes etc. 
So when I classify a comic book writer I only see Good or Bad. I really don't classify them as average or any other shade.If I am spending money on comic books I will only buy the good.
Posted by The_Tree

If me reading the headline for this story and then exclaiming "Yes!" happens, then you know your writing sucked. I'm not going to miss Tony Daniel one bit on Batman, his art's great, but I don't think he could write his way out of a wet paper bag. I thought Battle for the Cowl was pretty good, but after that, he just turned into $***. I didn't like him on Hawkman either. Hopefully DC'll give him a title that he's actually good at writing, or a title that I just don't give a f*** about so I don't come into contact with it.

Posted by Zeeguy91

I did like his art, but his writing for me was lacking. I wish that he would just stay on as the artist and let someone else write

Posted by microwave25

WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH JOKERS FACE! I dropped this ages ago but id still like to have it resolved already!!

Posted by TheWalkingComicbookfan

Having only read a few isssues of this title, I can't say I have the most knowledgeable opinion but I really enjoyed them, and am a bit disappointed to see him leave the title.

Posted by Omega-Man

To be honest I don't even like Tony's art either. But I've been saying this for awhile that the art sucks on Batman, Detective and Dark Knight. Batman & Robin is much better than the three and Batman INC has the best art of any Bat book. This is all my opinion of course and don't think I just like cartoony styles as I don't since I loved the art by Jason Fabok in Batman Annual #1 and he should be on Batman comics or Detective full time as his art is awesome also.

Also Detective has had the worst writing along side Dark Knight, even though Batman looks odd in Batman comics the story of it has me hooked.

Posted by Ewan17

Detective Comics was one of the books I started reading from issue one, but I dropped it after I think issue 7. Daniel's writing just wasn't up to the high standards being set by Snyder on Batman and Tomasi on Batman and Robin, so I think it's probably for the best. That being said, I hope his next project turns out better. Like everyone else I'm curious to see who will replace him, both as a writer and and artist. The pre-New 52 had some fantastic writers the last number of years, like Ed Brubaker, Greg Rucka and Paul Dini, so hopefully they can find someone of that caliber to take over.

Posted by The Mighty Monarch

@wowylied said:

I had hope that the title was ending when i read the title...

Detective comic and the dark knight are the worst bat title since the beginning of the new52 and by far.

Detective Comics can pretty much never 'end' as long as the company is still going.

Posted by sethysquare

@The Mighty Monarch said:

@wowylied said:

I had hope that the title was ending when i read the title...

Detective comic and the dark knight are the worst bat title since the beginning of the new52 and by far.

Detective Comics can pretty much never 'end' as long as the company is still going.

DC = Detective Comics.

There are several titles that DC would never ever stop publishing.

Batman

Detective Comics

Superman

Action Comics

Wonder Woman

Justice League

Green Lantern

Flash

Posted by kingdomenic

Finally, this book has been so boring. I hope whoever takes over remembers the title while writing. Dectective comics should be about Batman solving crimes that only someone of his caliber can solve.

Posted by sethysquare

@TDK_1997: At least its better than both TDK and 'Tec.

Sales also proved that people are buying Scott Lobdell's books.

Posted by jsphsmth

I am amazed at how aggressively DC is managing its line since the reboot. Amazing job DC. Hope the next writer is as good as Snyder, Tomasi, and Hurwitz.

Now if only they would fix Batman Inc (Kyle Higgins! hint, hint).

It would be nice if Morrison would at least pretend that there was a reboot of the DCnU and write his stories accordingly. What happened to every Batman story counts? Apparently that means obscure stories that most people want to forget, not current continuity.

Posted by SpitfireINK

@microwave25: I'm still left with that same question. WtHeck?

Posted by jsphsmth

@sethysquare: Have you read the new Batman TDK? Hurwitz is amazing.

Posted by SpitfireINK

@TDK_1997: They need to bring Scott Snyder - or hey how about Joe Hill - over & make it a truly dark, brooding, and ...well ...how about a real Detective - Mystery title...hmm?

Posted by jsphsmth

It would be nice if Tec changed formats and became a Batman team up book with a backup featuring some street-level detectives.

Posted by sethysquare

@jsphsmth said:

@sethysquare: Have you read the new Batman TDK? Hurwitz is amazing.

I have not. But I did recall his Penguin run and it was pretty good.

I meant TDK before night of owls. I read the night of owls crossover and I liked it. Infact I dare say every single one of the crossover was pretty good.

Posted by sethysquare

@jsphsmth said:

I am amazed at how aggressively DC is managing its line since the reboot. Amazing job DC. Hope the next writer is as good as Snyder, Tomasi, and Hurwitz.

Now if only they would fix Batman Inc (Kyle Higgins! hint, hint).

It would be nice if Morrison would at least pretend that there was a reboot of the DCnU and write his stories accordingly. What happened to every Batman story counts? Apparently that means obscure stories that most people want to forget, not current continuity.

Also... what? Batman Inc is amazing. I have the latest issue but havent read it. Was it not according to the rest of the line? I know the one shot was in the old universe, but this new one should be in the new universe isnt it?

Posted by cc1738

I love his art. The writing is ok to really bad, depending on the story. I'll at least give what he doe next a chance if it's for the art only.

Posted by Funrush

Well, with Greg Hurwitz (I think that's how you spell it?) taking over TDK, Detective is now the worst Bat-book, and considering Detective should be a flagship title (the company is named after it!) it shouldn't suck. So, is Hurwitz taking over Detective? I guess we'll see.

Posted by The Mighty Monarch

@sethysquare said:

@The Mighty Monarch said:

@wowylied said:

I had hope that the title was ending when i read the title...

Detective comic and the dark knight are the worst bat title since the beginning of the new52 and by far.

Detective Comics can pretty much never 'end' as long as the company is still going.

DC = Detective Comics.

There are several titles that DC would never ever stop publishing.

Batman

Detective Comics

Superman

Action Comics

Wonder Woman

Justice League

Green Lantern

Flash

Not sure I'd agree about the last 4, since.... they HAVE stopped before and been renumbered. Though since Geoff took over I don't think Green Lantern will stop. Even though Superman was 'ended' a while back, it was still continued as 'Adventures of Superman.' I think the first 4 are the only ones eternally safe. But I am inclined to agree since the New 52 started.

Posted by Eivion

I actually though Daniel's run on Detective was good. He wasn't making the most memorable stories, but the wirting was generally solid at the very least. I'm a bit a bit disappointed he is leaving.

Posted by TDK_88

Calling Jason Fabok on art duties!

Posted by jsphsmth

@Funrush: Pretty close Gregg Hurwitz.

Posted by jsphsmth

@sethysquare: I am bias, but it feels like Morrison is writing in his own universe, not the DCnU.

Posted by Green ankh

They really need to fix Superman. Life long fan here and the books really stink now. I like Tony's work but was not getting into Detective, I'll be checking it out once the new team is announced.

Posted by doordoor123

@ObsideonDarman said:

@doordoor123: When was this announced?

When the zero issues were announced. I was surprised that Comicvine never made an article about it -- especially since they've been so close with Lobdell.

Posted by CombatSpoon86

There is a god. Hope Dc get's a better writer

Posted by sethysquare

@jsphsmth: I really love Morrison's stuff though. Thats just me I guess.

Posted by Bestostero

i didnt think he was THAT bad...ive seen/read worst...but this was probably my least favorite Bat book... i think...

Posted by edge0076

@jsphsmth said:

@sethysquare: I am bias, but it feels like Morrison is writing in his own universe, not the DCnU.

Good, that means I won't have to deal with any of his stuff in any of the other Bat books then.

Posted by sethysquare

@doordoor123 said:

@ObsideonDarman said:

@doordoor123: When was this announced?

When the zero issues were announced. I was surprised that Comicvine never made an article about it -- especially since they've been so close with Lobdell.

Yeah, I was wondering why haven't they gotten an interview with Scott. At least tell us what he has in store for Superman. People are going crazy. LOL.

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