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In the wake of "No Man's Land," longer stories, a new emphasis on Batman as a detective, and a muted color palette add up to a bold new look for the book that introduced the Dark Knight. The book that introduced the Dark Knight takes on a noir quality as "No Man's Land" writer Greg Rucka (Whiteout: Melt) is joined by artists Shawn Martinbrough (THE CREEPER, ACTION COMICS) and Steve Mitchell (DAY OF JUDGMENT), and employs a muted color palette for stylish mystery stories starring the Dark Knight. For the first four months of 2000, each extra-length issue of DETECTIVE will include 30-page lead stories (8 extra pages), after which an exciting all-new 8-page feature will make its debut. In DETECTIVE COMICS #742 (with a cover by Brian Stelfreeze), a new year finds a violent murder leading Batman to the discovery of organized-crime elements attempting to create a power base in the new Gotham. Meanwhile, Commissioner James Gordon is still reeling from his personal losses in No Man's Land.
Commissioner Gordon mourns for his dead wife, Sarah, as he attempts to cope with her death while dealing with a death wish. Also, an officer has died and Gordon and Batman attempt to learn which of Gotham's new crime families are responsible.