A few days ago, we reported that the current writer/artist of Detective Comics, Tony Daniel, would be leaving the title after the #0 issue that is scheduled for this September. Well, in a surprising turn of events, DC Comics announced both a new writer and artist for the title. Chew co-creator John Layman will be taking over the writing duties while Batman: The Dark Knight art collaborator Jason Fabok will be taking on the art. This truly is an interesting turn of events.
While an excellent writer, the last book I expected to see Layman on was Detective Comics. Detective is usually known as the darker of the two mainstay Batman books, and while I’m sure the creator of the quirky detective comic book Chew has a sense of darkness in him, the majority of his work I’ve read has quite a bit of humor, which is not something commonly found within the pages of a standard Detective comic. Another interesting note here is that it will be the first DC comic that Layman has written, and it’s at the same time one of the most high profile comics and characters from the company. Good for him, honestly, I love Layman’s work and I can’t see what he’s got in store for my favorite character. It is just a little odd, though. Especially when you consider the pairing of the artist.
Jason Fabok, who I’m sure is an incredible amazing individual, doesn’t seem like the right choice for Layman. He’s a talented guy, sure, but the majority of his work consists of the bulkier males and females who most would consider impossible depictions of the human form, which plenty of people love, for sure. However, his work usually would be paired with a high octane action book where there’s lots of muscly dudes punching each other with the occasional female pose. And knowing what I do about Layman’s work, this doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. I’ve come to know Layman’s work as more clever than abrasive, and when I see Fabok’s work, the last think I think is subtlety. Again, that’s not a bad thing, but that’s what I’ve come to know from Layman.
Obviously, I think this is a truly bizarre team up and turn of events, but I’d be completely lying to you if I didn’t think this was going to be great. Could I be wrong? Absolutely, but as weird as all of this is, it’s weird in the way that’s got me extremely interested.
John Layman and Jason Fabok take over Detective Comics on October 3.