Given all the positive response about the new team, I decided to pick up the issues of the new team and what can I say but WOW! Everything Layman brings to the table is just so creative and damn fun! Batman actually seems to enjoy his life as the caped crusader. He has a dark sense of humour about things. He has crazy tools he'll whip out (Like the bat jet pack in issue 16).
Plus I love the fact that each issue has been relatively self contained while still creating an overall story of penguin's number 2. Plus he easily wins the prize for best integration of the DOTF story. While other books just have Joker show up and tap dance a bit, he uses Joker has a way to explore the massive fallout both from the gang side of things but also ingeniously from the psychologically damaged who just need a slight push to go over the edge.
'Det has easily gone up my list of batman titles. It's a pretty solid number 2 (only behind inc of course) mostly because it's such a nice contrast to Snyder's steadily more epic for the sake of epic stories where every issue has to be a massive game changer. John Layman seems aware he can't ever match Snyder or Morrison for scope, so he's just making an immensely fun story.
It's one of the only comics where the back ups feel like awesome extras to the stories rather than a shift way to boost the price as well. Plus John Layman is now dipping into some of Tony Daniel's stupider story threads and actually making them work.
The art is pretty fantastic as well, particularly Andy Clarke who i've never really liked but is fast involving into a really strong artist.
I really hope the level of quality keeps up.