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.