Detective Comics #20

Detective Comics #20

Writer: John Layman Artist: Jason Fabok Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 1, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 2
6.8Critic Rating
6.8User Rating

The superhuman transformation of Ignatius Ogilvy is just the tip of the iceberg when an extremely unexpected character comes to The Penguins aid! And in the backup story, Emperor Penguin makes a trip to Blackgate Prison he wont soon forget!

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal May 2, 2013

    Since the New 52, I've yet to read or look at a Batman title and say, "that's my Batman" but Layman and Fabok have changed that. I gave up on this franchise the same way I gave up on Spider-Man years ago, but I'm happy that I tried this issue and found it to be everything that I know and enjoy about Batman and part of it felt like an honest reboot. What was even better was that I got the impression that Layman doesn't have long drawn out storylines which reminded me more of how comics used to be before they became obsessed with the trade. Great job all around from the creative team and I cannot wait to see what happens next month. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers May 1, 2013

    That awkward moment when you realize you've said everything you'd like to say in the finale, in the "good" section. Well, whatever. The arc was closed out very nicely, with the exception of the rather quick mop up in that second fight. When all is said and done, I knew Jason Fabok was going to kill it on this series, but the question mark was John Layman, who I believe has done a great job with his first crack at Batman. I look forward to reading more and more Detective Comics from these two in the months to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Tyler McGoff May 27, 2013

    Overall, Detective Comics #20 was a great finale to the Emperor Penguin story arc started by John Layman in Detective Comics #13. There were some fun twists and turns along the way to keep the reader wondering what will happen next. The art was equally impressive, and Jason Fabok has become one of my favorite Batman artists because of his work here. This is the Batman and Gotham that I like to see. I hope this creative team stays on this title for as long as they would like. I cant wait to see what the next issue brings! Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke May 1, 2013

    I think we'll all look back at Emperor Penguin and consider it a successful introduction to a new villain. It's not often we can say that, and while he's a little too similar to Wrath for my tastes, he's got some interesting ties to three different entrenched Batman villains. His obsession with being the leader is also a unique trait writers will be able to fool around with for years. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen May 2, 2013

    Layman does his best, but you have the disappointed feeling that the issue could have gone a lot better, and he himself knows it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Are Not Dead - Comics Are Not Dead May 4, 2013

    Detective Comics #20 goes back to the basics of the first parts of Layman's run, and avoids the flaws made by his later issues. Well, most of them.  Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp May 6, 2013

    The issue also includes a back-up story involving Ogilvy's transport to Blackgate Prison and look at his origins. The story also brutally foreshadows the fact that the new Bat-villain is only getting started. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    Entertainment Fuse - Nicole D'Andria Jul 14, 2013

    The fight with Ogilvy could've lasted longer and you would think it only lasting one issue would make Ogilvy seem weak (it's kind of obvious who won). But even with a bland origin story, Ogilvy's character makes him seem like a strong character who I hope to see again soon. If you're interested in Ogilvy at all or the Penguin this is a good issue to check out. Ogilvy may not become a very famous member of Batman's Rogues Gallery but he's gotten his wish: even though he's a footnote in the Batman's universe, he is no longer a nobody. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry May 1, 2013

    Great artwork, great epilogue, and great backup story but everything else fell way short of my expectations for an 8-part arc's conclusion. After all that wait I wanted something much more than this. To have the brilliant villain turn into a big blue monster who only wants a fist fight is underwhelming. And the constant intrusion of editor's notes in this comic was almost as annoying as Batman's brash actions. Where's the planning? The majority of the story is Batman getting his butt kicked because he waltzed right into an obvious trap and he only wins because he finally decides to do what really should've came naturally to him when the fisticuffs first began. Penguin himself comes out of this arc looking great, it was a solid story for that character and the backup makes Ogilvy's future look quite bright with a lot of possibilities. However, I'm very displeased with the handling of our hero. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill May 2, 2013

    The conclusion to the Emperor Penguin story, which has been building for the entirety of John Layman's run, came to a conclusion this issue. And though I have my reservations, this writer is slowly growing on me. Perhaps it's just that I'm always a little more lenient when it comes to my favorite character and his stories. Or perhaps it's because Jason Fabok's art is absolutely beautiful. And the backup stories are truly amazing every single issue. But one thing is for sure. Layman is going to be around for a while. And for the time being, I'm going to officially go on record with saying that I'm okay with that. Read Full Review

  • 4.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 1, 2013

    This definitely doesn't read like the Detective Comics of even a few months ago. But regardless of the true culprit, the end result is a very disappointing Batman comic. Hopefully a fresh storyline will put this series back on track. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Addicts - Anant Sagar May 7, 2013

    The series looks great even though the writing is beginning to disappoint. Hopefully a new storyline will help. Read Full Review

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