Detective Comics #26

Detective Comics #26

Writer: John Layman Artist: Aaron Lopresti Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 4, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 2
6.8Critic Rating
7.0User Rating

Batman works to contain a swarm of genetically altered killer bats, as well as She-Bat and other humans who have been mutated into bat-people.

  • 9.4
    Geeked Out Nation - Philip Suson Dec 4, 2013

    This is probably the best art that has been done for the new 52 Detective Comics. Aaron Lopresti did a great job drawing our ‘Bats' the best way that suits him well. He is an imposing figure in the comic and you get just how much of a presence he has in a room, even with it is an holographic projection. That's the Batman we know, and that is the Batman we have fallen in love with many years ago. The Man-Bat is a very scary character on paper, and Lopresti's interpretation of the character makes it just as scary. The same can be said for the ‘Bat-Queen' that appears at the end of it. This is a dark world that is created and it fits the tone of the overall story quite nicely. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    GoCollect - @DocBenway Dec 5, 2013

    Batman cleans up Gothams other bat problem a little too easily thus ending an interesting storyline without much payoff for the readership. Fortunately the upcoming Gothtopia kicks off with an interesting allegiance. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Dec 5, 2013

    If you want a jumping on point, this will work as that. If you like Batman, no harm will be done from reading the book. It's a typical Batman adventure, but you can find a lot that are better. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Dec 5, 2013

    With Man-Bat featured so prominently in "Detective Comics" #26, it could have been a more appropriate Halloween comic had it not been timed to release between Thanksgiving and the end of the year holidays. All the same, any chance to see Man-Bat in action is a comic book worth enjoying. Layman and Lopresti do a fine job of balancing the dark and the light, the hope and the grief throughout this comic book. I'm not so sure Man-Bat could support his own series, but so long as Layman and Lopresti are working on "Detective Comics," Man-Bat is welcome to return. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Dec 5, 2013

    Layman turns in a Man-Bat tale that's not exactly as it seems and proves why he's one of the most underrated writers on DC's roster. Batman stories are notorious for messing with readers' expectations. Layman plays them with nuance and subtlety by expounding on Bruce's detective skills. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    We The Nerdy - David Staniusz Dec 9, 2013

    So the Man-Bat story has finally ended. Fans of the character ( in case you did not notice I am not one of them), will very much enjoy this issue, as it has some very neat moments. However for fans less invested or interested in this character, you may want to skip this book at $3.99, as it is just a mediocre Batman issue in the end. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Dec 9, 2013

    Well this issue looked fantastic, the art really works for this book.  That being said, this seemed like a strange disjointed story.  Man-Bat's been in the background for almost a year now, and to have it all culminate in one issue seemed anti-climatic.  It could have simply been finished in two more back ups, giving us room for more of a main story.  Even though it seemed strange the issue was fun, just not as big as the previous stories have spoiled me with.  But go out and get it, and finish your Man-Bat addiction.   Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Dec 4, 2013

    I enjoyed Layman's Man-Bat/She-Bat story, I did, but unfortunately, the full story's general inconsistent release didn't allow this issue to feel as cohesive as it should have been. With Man-Bat jumping from the big anniversary issue, to the back ups, then put on pause by stuff like Zero Year, coming into this issue, you feel like there should be more, but instead it's a conclusion, that's it, the end. Ultimately, the segmentation that lead up to this issue didn't do it any good, so it's hard to fault Layman or Lopresti who produced a perfectly competent issue that should be perfectly satisfying to anyone who doesn't mind who the Man-Bat story was released. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Dec 6, 2013

    It's just okay. Unless you were heavily invested in those Man-Bat backups over the past few months, this comic can be skipped. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Dec 7, 2013

    Layman and Lopresti's skills are both on display this month, but you can't get through this issue without being distracted by a serious flaw in each case. Layman's script has loads of potential, but feels positively suffocated, while a poor representation of a major character hurts Lopresti. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Tyler McGoff Dec 19, 2013

    Detective Comics #26 was an enjoyable conclusion to Kirk Langstroms origin as Man-Bat. John Layman gets the reader to care about Langstroms tragedy and he provides science-backed excitement along the way. Aaron Loprestis art is satisfactory and solid, especially the body language. Even though the relationship between Kirk and Francine suffered some because of the New 52 reboot, it was executed well and opens up many new story ideas. It will be interesting to see what happens to Kirk and Francine/Felicity in the future! Read Full Review

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