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andthegunslinger
07-28-2012, 05:44 AM
What are some great Batman tales that show Batman earning the mantle of World's Greatest Detective? (Rather than kicking stuff!)

Perhaps some mystery thrown in, a twist near the end, clues..

Any recomendations?

The Beast Of Yucca Flats
07-28-2012, 08:07 AM
Detective Comics #711 ("Knight Off") depicts a Bat-free for the night Bruce Wayne at a party, recognizing some faces there-- from mug shots and the like-- and clandestinely tailing them. It's not really a 'mystery' per se, but it is kind of a look at what it's like when the gears start turning in this guy's head.

David Walton
07-28-2012, 02:48 PM
Detective Comics #711 ("Knight Off") depicts a Bat-free for the night Bruce Wayne at a party, recognizing some faces there-- from mug shots and the like-- and clandestinely tailing them. It's not really a 'mystery' per se, but it is kind of a look at what it's like when the gears start turning in this guy's head.

Yeah, that's a great story. It's always fun to see Bruce forced to be clever instead of strong.

Chad
07-28-2012, 04:20 PM
Batman 225 "Wanted for Murder One - The Batman!" One of those locked room mysteries in which a man is found dead of a gunshot wound and Batman is spotted at the scene of the crime. Although the police can't believe his guilt, they can't explain any other way the murder could have gone down. Batman manages to prove that the man committed suicide and chose a method of death that would incriminate Batman himself. By examining workout equipment in the room in which he was found, Batman provided a plausible explanation for how the man could shoot himself while also ensuring that the weapon would later be found blocks away.

Detective Comics 168 "The Man Behind the Red Hood" Although obviously best known as the story which provided the Joker's origin, I remember really being drawn to the course Batman taught on criminology and the methods of "Observation and Deduction". Batman displaying a photograph to his class of an apparent suicide victim and then explaining how details such as the side of the body on which he kept his holster and the way a discarded cigarette was bent suggested that he had instead murdered. Also, he explained how footprints found at the scene of a crime reveal that the perpetrator had attempted to fool his trackers by walking backwards.

Legends of the Dark Knight 1-5 "Shaman" Had a nice little cliffhanger in which Bruce Wayne is moments away from entering Wayne Manor through the front door and have his throat slit in an ambush. The next issue picks up with Wayne attacking his would-be assassin after entering the house from the rear. The reason he had changed his mind about where to enter the house? Alfred not answering the phone earlier in the day and there being no footsteps leading from the house to the car even though it hadn't snowed in a period longer than that