Detective Comics #858 [Standard Cover]
(December 2009)

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Price:
3.99 USD
Pages:
44
Indicia frequency:
Monthly
On-sale date:
2009-10-28
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
DC Comics
Brand:
DC [swirl]
Barcode:
?
Editing:
Michael Siglain; Harvey Richards (assistant)
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age US; Standard Silver Age US; Standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock:
Newsprint; Glossy
Binding:
Saddle-stitched; Squarebound
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

This issue has variants.

Copyright © 2009 DC Comics.


Twenty Years Ago; [Cover A] (Table of Contents)

Batwoman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
J. H. Williams III (signed); Cully Hamner (inset)
Inks:
J. H. Williams III (signed); Cully Hamner (inset)
Colors:
J. H. Williams III (signed); Laura Martin (inset)
Letters:
?

Genre:
Superhero
Characters:
Kate Kane; Question [Renee Montoya] (inset)
Reprints:

[Go, Part 1] (Table of Contents)

Batwoman / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script:
Greg Rucka
Pencils:
J. H. Williams III
Inks:
J. H. Williams III
Colors:
Dave Stewart
Letters:
Todd Klein

Genre:
Superhero
Characters:
Batwoman [Kate Kane] (origin); Colonel Jake Kane; Commissioner James Gordon; Captain Maggie Sawyer; Major General Frances Lombardo; Beth Kane (flashback); Gabi Kane (flashback; death)
Synopsis:
Batwoman's origin is revealed as she flashes back to her early family life, and the time she spent with her twin sister.
Reprints:

Pipeline, Chapter One / Part Five (Table of Contents)

The Question / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Greg Rucka
Pencils:
Cully Hamner
Inks:
Cully Hamner
Colors:
Dave McCaig
Letters:
Jared K. Fletcher

Genre:
Superhero
Characters:
Question [Renee Montoya]; Tot [Aristotle Rodor] (voice only); Hector Soliz; Louisa Soliz
Synopsis:
The Question rescues Hector's sister.

DC Nation [189]: "As it is my turn, honor and duty to deliver a memorable DC Nation" (Table of Contents)

DC Nation / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Simona
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Catwoman [Selina Kyle]; Starman

Indexer Notes

The author discusses projects for Starman and Catwoman, using French and Italian. Appears on page 42 in this issue. Here are the official translations, from DC's The Source blog (http://dcu.blog.dccomics.com/2009/10/30/dc-nation-international-martores...):
TRANSLATION: Do you have a multilingual dictionary with you? Very good! Let's begin, then. I will start writing in French, which is the most beautiful language in the world. What I'd like to do is to tell you something about a night, the darkest of them all, when some black rings caused hell in the heroes' world. Once upon a time, there was a superhero named Starman. After his death, he came back several times under different names. I am very happy to announce that one of his incarnations is coming back, but this time, he will do something strange and terrifying! Our superhero will behave in a peculiar manner and will have an interesting encounter with an old, Irish friend and another character who’s very dark in his own way. This new Starman episode will be written by the magic hand of James Robinson.
TRANSLATION: And what about Italian? Do you speak it better than I do? Perhaps. However, as it's my mother tongue, I feel obliged to honor the country of spaghetti and Roman emperors and to annoy you even further by writing something in a language that probably sounds like Latin gibberish to many [of] you. Let's start then. Speaking of blackest nights again…I am always very excited at the idea of reading a story that has a solid and original plot, and I think that this time I am dealing with something like that. In fact, a new adventure featuring Catwoman, associated somehow to a "dark night" and written by Fabian Nicieza, is going to be presented to you very soon. This time, our favorite feline will have to face an old enemy who is known for his passion for artifacts generally used ornamentally.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Twenty Years Ago; [Cover A]
    Batwoman
  2. 1. [Go, Part 1]
    Batwoman
  3. 2. Pipeline, Chapter One / Part Five
    The Question
  4. 3. DC Nation [189]: "As it is my turn, honor and duty to deliver a memorable DC Nation"
    DC Nation
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