Detective Comics #35

Detective Comics #35

Writer: Ben Percy Artist: John Paul Leon Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 1, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 9
7.4Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

In the first chapter of a two-part tale by the guest team of writer Ben Percy and artist John Paul Leon, a civilian appearance at Gotham Airport turns into a horror show for Batman when a plane full of dead passengers arrives on the runway! What happened and what can Bruce Wayne do about it?This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Michael Moccio Oct 2, 2014

    This marks a really great opening to what will hopefully be more work from Percy. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Corbin Pool Oct 2, 2014

    Thankfully, at the airport, Batman has access to the news thanks to a huge monitor in the lobby. A creepy dude with a cheap video camera (think Joker from The Dark Knight) accepts responsibility for what happened, saying that America has declared war with Earth by keeping troops in the Middle-East, depleting it's natural resources. Therefore, by representing Earth, he has declared war on America. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    We The Nerdy - David Staniusz Oct 3, 2014

    John Paul Leon on art with Dave Stweart handling the colors, make a very dark and grim adventure for us to follow. The style fits the story so well, with a more simpler Batman design for a less fantastical story. However, while the art is quality, I must say that at times in certain panels it is a bit too dark and parts of it are hard to follow. However, some masterful panels, including one with a plane crash, are done to perfection and overall a great job in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Oct 2, 2014

    This story is one of the most thought-provoking issues of a comic I have read in a while. I can see where some might be uncomfortable at some of the allusions, while others will dislike the implications that, as a society, we are not ideal, but if you can be open enough to the idea that we aren't perfect (and can stand some humility), then you might just learn something worth taking away from this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - John Ernenputsch Oct 4, 2014

    If you're a fan of Batman you shouldn't pass up on this issue because the names on the cover aren't the regular creative team. If you do pass it up, you will be missing out on a simple, no strings attached, well executed story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerds Unchained - Michael Bowie Oct 5, 2014

    A new beginning with a new writer, new artists and what looks to be a very interesting story. Not that it ever lost it, but Detective Comics and everyone involved has definitely done a good job of piquing my interest in the title this month. I will certainly be looking forward to the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Dan Leicht Oct 2, 2014

    Batman cant catch a break; he didnt even finish half of his coffee! Out of one mystery and right into another, but this time hes racing against the clock! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Yonatan Ol Oct 8, 2014

    While I think this comic was lacking in both the art and story department, it had some good elements and it makes me excited to see what is coming next. I would pick it up and give it a quick read-through. I think a great story ark is going to come out of this. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Oct 12, 2014

    Of the guest team, I'm a little more impressed with the writing of Ben Percy than the art of John Paul Leon, but that may just be my expectation to see Manapul's exquisite art and getting a far different style. I'm on the fence about picking up the conclusion to the two-issue arc or waiting for Manapul and Buccellato to return. For fans. Read Full Review

  • 4.8
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Oct 3, 2014

    This month's "More than Batman can handle" story coupled with the muddy art of the issue really puts a bad taste in my mouth.  While at first I thought that this could be a really cool scenario for a story, it quickly became too political and really screams of the writer trying to use a Batman book to make a personal point about his beliefs.  Now that just makes me sound like a jerk and I don't even know if any of that is true, but I don't like it.  Bottom line here is if you like seeing browns and blues slapped together to tell a story about something that doesn't have any kind of redeeming quality in the fun department, by all means check it out, but I can't wait for Buccellato and Manapul to get back on the job. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    WhiteLantern Oct 3, 2014

    Benjamin Percy and John Paul Leon do a fantastic job in their guest spot in Detective Comics #35. "Terminal" is a two part story ending next month, but this issue is handled well, setting up the event driving the plot, establishing the villain, and giving us some visuals that make your skin crawl. It seems like the creative team is building a horror story, in place of the usual fantastical detective work. The only thing that might drag on this issue are all of the Middle East references. It does, in one sense, add to the horror aspect, since it's very real, and something the readers can relate to. On the other hand, it takes away from the escapism, since that aspect of the story is what we're reading comics to escape from. That's really a nitpick, but I still thought it was worth mentioning. All things considered, this is still a fantastic issue, especially if you're looking for a good, classic detective story. Highly recommended.

  • 8.5
    DarePool53 Oct 9, 2014

    A straight-forward offering, complemented by grim, but engrossing visuals. Sets up what shall surely be an unmissable denouement. Very solid issue - highly recommended.

  • 8.5
    stijlleben Oct 13, 2014

    fantastic art and a nice story. totally up for this mini-run by percy&leon.

  • 9.0
    EvilPenguin543 Oct 4, 2014

  • 8.5
    SwampyCA Oct 18, 2014

  • 8.5
    SaraSassypants Jan 1, 2015

  • 8.0
    Speeding Bullets Oct 7, 2014

  • 8.0
    Redeadhood Oct 9, 2014

  • 8.0
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