Just read Event Leviathan #2 where Batman officially forms his ‘team of detectives’ and I have questions. Namely: when was Green Arrow retconned into being a detective at all, let alone one of the best in the DCU? I’ve been reading Ollie’s adventures since Grell’s series (plus his Hard Traveling Hero stories) and while he’s one of my favourite characters I don’t think he’s ever been more than a competent investigator.
Kate Spencer is a lawyer turned vigilante (Manhunter), so I guess she has a skill set that might translate into detective work, but again I don’t think she’s one of the best around. And then there’s Plastic Man. I don’t know that character very well, but I’ve mostly seen him used as comic relief (as he is in this issue) whereas Ralph Dibny is an actual detective with stretchy powers. But maybe I’m wrong and Plas has a long career as a private detective I just don’t know about.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of every character Bendis has pulled together for this team – I just don’t like the idea that them being detectives is the reason they’re there. Besides Lois Lane, who is a detective in everything but job title, this is more a team of street level crime fighters than anything else. If it’s great detectives Bruce wants, he really needs to call up Elongated Man and Martian Manhunter and Detective Chimp.