Detective Comics #5

Detective Comics #5

Writer: Tony S. Daniel Artist: Tony S. Daniel Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 4, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 3
5.8Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

There's been a seriers of assassinations in the criminal underworld and The Penguin is among Batman's first suspects! But when seemingly ordinary women become part of the killings, Batman discovers a common denominator that leads him on the trail of a vicious killer who is spiraling down a path of destruction. Bruce Wayne's girlfriend, investigative reporter Charlotte Rivers, ends up on the killer's hit list. And with her missing, can Batman uncover the layers of lies and deception within the underworld in time to save her?

  • 8.0
    Fanboy Buzz - TommyZimmer Feb 2, 2012

    Tony Daniel keeps the greatness going. He continues the mystery of what happened to the Joker but, at the same time, is moving the plot forward by digging into a new plot with the Penguin and Charlottes past. His artwork is also amazing. He is one of my favorite artists, and continues to churn out great art. All in all, it is not what the first arc was but it also is not a bad start either. People need to give this man a break. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Jan 9, 2012

    The price of this book is going up to $3.99 next month but don't let that mess you up as this title has been the most consistent title in the New 52. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jan 4, 2012

    "Detective Comics" #5 isn't quite up to par overall; it's a great-looking comic, but neither feature quite manages its length properly. In some ways, each story feels like it took something away from the other story's pacing. It's not a bad comic, but we've seen better up until now. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Jan 9, 2012

    The backup tale is a waste. Daniel would have been better off giving Detective Comics its full complement of pages for the main story, or using the remainder to define the old villain's life. We don't exactly know what counts in the New 52 Universe, and the Batman villain backlit in this backup has multiple incarnations. Daniel gives us one fact about him, and it's a boring one. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Jake Baumgart Jan 9, 2012

    Although it feels like it is missing that edge to push it further, Daniel's Batman is a lot of fun to read as a fan and it's a great reminder of how it good it feels to have Bruce back under the cowl. Although far from the best of the Batbooks after the reboot, both stories are strong enough on their own and a positive read for a Batman fan, pre- or post- the New 52. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    IGN - Erik Norris Jan 4, 2012

    Up to this point in time, I've enjoyed Tony Daniel's Detective Comics run. With that said, issue #5 is definitely the series' weakest link thus far. The book just doesn't feel like a cohesive whole; instead, it comes off as two half-baked halves that got slapped together to produce one 20-page comic to justify the $2.99 price tag. In a nutshell: Detective Comics #5 just doesn't satiate. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Alex Evans Jan 5, 2012

    I can't imagine a scenario where a combination of Tony Daniel getting political and DC experimenting with new ways to hit deadlines leads to a good comic. Read Full Review

  • 2.5
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Jan 5, 2012

    Not only is it the introduction of an unnecessary character (whose existence doesn't even make sense because if anyone of Batman's rogues is impotent, it's Hugo “I drink cognac with my mannequin” Strange), but the story doesn't make any sense! Sure the art's great, Kudranski is the same artist working on “Pain & Prejudice” and he handles quiet moments, shadowy places, and faces extremely well. But this story has Catwoman using Eli as a side-kick to rob an underground poker game"BUT he does nothing. He serves no purpose but to get caught. Catwoman sneaks in the background, empties the safe, and nobody realizes it. The poker game was happening with or without Eli's involvement. Instead, the bad guys realize that Eli is cheating and Catwoman has to emerge and fight everyone. He serves no purpose in this story. Catwoman does everything. Eli. Is. Useless. And so is this issue of Detective. Read Full Review

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