Detective Comics #13

Detective Comics #13

Writer: John Layman Artist: Jason Fabok Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 3, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 3
8.4Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

All kneel before Emperor Penguin! Theres a hit out on Bruce Wayne! This new story from writer John Layman (Chew) gueststars Nightwing!

  • 10
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Oct 3, 2012

    The Bottom Line:For the third time, comparatively speaking, this issue was amazing. But on it's own merits, it was a damn good issue. It was a very, very strong start for the new team, and after this initial issue, I hope they stick around. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Fanboy Buzz - TommyZimmer Oct 8, 2012

    With these two at the helm, I am pretty certain Detective Comics is in good strides Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Edward Kaye Oct 4, 2012

    This is everything you could want in a Batman comic and more, the best issue of Detective Comics in years. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - George Chimples Oct 5, 2012

    I was highly anticipating Layman'sdbuton Detective Comics and this issue did not disappoint. It reminded me of Scott Snyder's excellent Batman #1 in how it showed the depth of the writer's understanding for the character of Batman, while providing plenty of action for the casual comic reader. Detective Comics #13 earns a place on the pull list and an almost perfect four-and-a-half out of five stars. Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Oct 6, 2012

    Despite the boring back up story, this was a decent enough issue that merits the rest of the upcoming story arc. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Oct 8, 2012

    When a gangster can't get his way, a certain billionaire has gotta go. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Oct 3, 2012

    I recommend that everyone give this new creative team a chance. Issue #13 is the start of a great Penguin arc and the return of detective work (and fun) to Detective Comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Oct 5, 2012

    If Layman came in and salted the Earth after Daniel's run, no one would blame him, but it wouldn't be the smartest way to start his DC career. Instead, Layman isn't showing all of his cards, and the simple, yet effective, story told in this issue gives him time to work out his beats with Fabok, to get in the mind of the character, and to, essentially, start building his Bat-world. The Bat-books are pretty well stocked with writing talent right now, from the aforementioned Hurwitz to Scott Snyder and Grant Morrison, and Layman doesn't seem to mind that he's playing in the same sandbox as those guys. He appears content to leave Morrison to the grand epics and Synder to being the cornerstone of the Bat-world. Layman's happy to be writing the world's greatest detective, and why shouldn't he be? Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 3, 2012

    Detective Comics isn't really any more necessary a read than it was before, but it's certainly more enjoyable thanks to the new creative team. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Oct 3, 2012

    John Layman steps up to the plate and tackles the job of becoming the latest Batman writer (yes, I purposely mixed the sports metaphors there). Layman shows us a different side of Gotham City. We too often see the events focused on Batman's perspective. Seeing how events unfold around Batman through Penguin's eyes and those of other criminals adds a new element to the story. Penguin's reason for his latest scheme seems a little petty but fits in with who he is and what he wants to accomplish. Having him target Bruce Wayne rather than Batman was a nice touch. Fabok's art is a perfect match for Layman's tone. The back up by Layman and Andy Clarke adds a nice bonus content feel to the issue. Congrats to whoever made the decision to have Layman start writing Batman. I can't wait to see what he has planned next. It's a pleasure having quality Batman titles each with a distinct feel. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Chuckie Valdez Oct 4, 2012

    Lastly, can't forget about the back-up story which was also written by John Layman and had artwork by Andy Clarke. Back-up story mainly focused on one of thehenchmenthat was in the main story but It was a short and sweet and the artwork was great. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Oct 5, 2012

    "Detective Comics" #13 is a joy to read; it's great to see a creative team so quickly settle into place on a title that's been around for an extremely long time. Hopefully they'll be sticking around, because if this first issue is any indication, we're in for some good times ahead. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Scott West Oct 5, 2012

    I sincerely hope that Layman sticks around because, in a single, issue he turned this title into exactly what the name promises… a detective story featuring the Batman. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Oct 5, 2012

    Layman comes out of the gate flying. His style is very different from what you find in Chew, but he keeps a lot of his tricks intact. I found the dialogue to be every bit as bouncy as you would find in any issue of Chew. Couple that with the plot and story execution and artwork and you have a great start to a run that I have high hopes for. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    J.DubComics - J.DubComics Oct 9, 2012

    Faboks' art was brilliant throughout the book, from the cover to the last page, and I am looking forward to seeing him draw more on this book. There is one panel in particular which shows The Penguin threatening the head of the centre to change the name of the ward, which emphasises the fear on the guys face to perfection. This has started off as a promising new start for detective comics, from an exciting creative partnership. I encourage anyone to pick it up, even if you have not read any detective up to this point in time. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Read Comic Books - Cody Mudge Oct 3, 2012

    There is yet hope for Detective Comics but Id be very surprised if Layman and Fabokreally wowed anything with this issue. It was good, but nothing more. The value provided by the fantastic back-up does not make up for the main story being ‘blah'. Whether thisgeneric first issue will lead to a disappointing first arc remains to be seen, but Im stillcrossing my fingers that this title reaches its full potential with Layman at the helm. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin Oct 7, 2012

    John Layman's first issue of Detective Comics demonstrates that he definitely has a long-term direction of where he wants to take his run with Batman, but it's not yet clear whether that direction is going to be worth following. A lot of what we see in this issue has been done before - and in some cases, it's been done better. But while the writing is a bit of a let down, the art is anything but. Jason Fabok takes an average script and makes it shine awfully bright. The backup is a little better storywise, but all in the all, this issue doesn't bring anything new to the character. Read Full Review

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