Detective Comics #934

Detective Comics #934

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Eber Ferreira, Eddy Barrows Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 8, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 36 User Reviews: 65
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8.4User Rating

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RISE OF THE BATMEN Chapter One
An unknown predator begins outdoing Batman, taking down dangerous threats with military precision. Its up to the Dark Knight and series costar Batwoman to rally and train the young heroes of Gotham City to end this mysterious threat!WHAT NOW: Batman and Batwoman begin training Spoiler, Red Robin and Cassandra Cain, but is the villainous Clayface ready for redemption?NOW SHIPPING TWICE MONTHLY!

  • 10
    The Kliq Nation - Timdogg Jun 8, 2016

    Man is the art lovely to digest on each page and panel. You can tell Eddy Barrows is having fun playing with the shadows and panel layouts. Colorist Adriano Lucas teams with Barrows to make the shadows just as much a part of the overall aesthetic as the heroes are. Batman and Batwoman in particular get grandiose poses from spotlights and swinging from rooftops. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Matt Santori-Griffith Jun 8, 2016

    Overall, Detective Comics #934 was not only a great start to an entirely new era for the Batman Family (or as I shall call it, the Batwoman Family), but also a rich look at major players and an excellent first chapter in a fresh story I cant wait to sink my teeth into. No mere preface or intermission, this comic is by far and away, the strongest debut of any Rebirth team to date. And I am once again damn glad to be getting another installment in two weeks. I couldnt possibly wait another minute longer. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jun 8, 2016

    Detective Comics is off to am extraordinary start. James Tynion IV, Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, and Adriano Lucas are spoiling us from the beginning. I am so excited to see where things go from here. Because we've read countless Batman stories over the years, it's refreshing to see a major title take a new approach and deliver a new vibe. This is a comic I can't put down. It should be made clear, this isn't just a Batman book. There are so may great characters here I would be surprised if there wasn't something for everyone. This book is definitely going to be a blast. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Jon Arvedon Jun 10, 2016

    The bar for future creative teams working on Detective Comics has been set high above the tallest towers of Gotham City. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerds On The Rocks - Review Bot 3000 Jun 15, 2016

    Detective Comics #934 delivers one of the strongest Rebirth debuts thus far with a compelling concept, dynamic characterisation and gorgeous art. This is the boost Detective Comics needed to step out of Batman's shadow. Thankfully, the next issue is only two weeks away. Read Full Review

  • 10
    PopnComics - Tim Montoya Jul 15, 2016

    We open up with someone hunting down Azrael, someone who happens to look a lot like Batman, who also nearly kills Azarel. The Bat Family is being hunted, but by whom we do not know. This causes Batman to go to a familiar face, Batwoman, that's right she is finally back in action here. Batman proposes that they team up and train some of the other heroes being hunted, for what is surely coming after them. The team featured here includes Batman, Batwoman, Red Robin, Cassandra Cain, Spoiler, and Clayface. It's time to have a Bat boot camp, with Batwoman in charge. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Jun 8, 2016

    Detective Comics #934 was a fantastic and really wonderful start for this new creative team. It did everything right when it came to setup, not dragging the experience down, and kept you interested in what was being shown. The writing was mostly good, the characterization was excellent, and the artwork was stunning. Detective Comics has returned to top form and if you're a Batman fan, you'll definitely want to get in on the fun. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Adam Frey Jun 8, 2016

    If this quality of story keeps up, then hopefully readers will keep up with the reborn Detective in addition to Tom Kings main Batman book. Batman will almost certainly be the focal point for the big Bat-stories, but Detective just may be the title to read for some good, clean Bat-fun. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Brandon Davenport Jun 8, 2016

    In the end, I think this book accomplished its goal of setting up something fun and entertaining. We know the story is going to keep building up to something greater, given the threat present at the end of the book, and given the characters who encompass Batman’s crime-fighting posse. If this arc keeps its momentum up, this will be a book I want to keep coming back to. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jun 10, 2016

    Whilst this book is heads and shoulders above the Batman book, I do have reservations. I am a big Batman fan. I love the comics and B:TAS and have a great deal of affection for "The Batman" cartoon show. When this story line was first proposed, I couldn't help but be reminded of the episode "Rumours", which features an armoured man taking down Batman villains and the episode "The End of The Batman", which features a duo looking to usurp the Dynamic Duo. Still, there is the possibly that the big bad, who's first appearance may well be Rebirth #1, will add a new level of intrigue to this "new" book, that features old style story telling of the protectors of the Gotham night. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Jun 8, 2016

    Tynion's strength is definitely in his characterization. He provides really enjoyable introductions to each of the characters, and gives them all at least one really awesome moment, from Batwoman knowing Bruce's secret identity to Cass's one-word declaration to those she's rescuing. The villains' plot is fairly generic so far, par for the course with the villains in the two Eternal series, but the strength of Tynion's characterization, and the moody effectiveness of the structuring of the story combined with the art pushes past that minor flaw. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 11, 2016

    For the opening chapter, writer James Tynion IV and artists Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira are hitting on all cylinders. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Multiversity Comics - Keith Dooley Jun 10, 2016

    Classic characters to go with a classic renumbering make for a thrilling issue. Plus we get an Azrael cameo which hopefully leads to more adventures involving Mr. Jean-Paul Valley. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 8, 2016

    DC's new Batman comic got off to a strong start last week, but Detective Comics is in even better shape with DC Rebirth. The strong emphasis on Batwoman coupled with a generally compelling team dynamic and some excellent artwork make for a worthy addition to the Batman franchise. The series' new villain isn't much to write home about, but hopefully that will change soon enough. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comicsverse - Robert Franco Jun 13, 2016

    DETECTIVE COMICS #934 is a rebirth comic that is open to everyone. The new Bat-Family is like a new Outsiders group, which adds new wrinkles to future stories and a dynamic that will surely keep the book interesting. The future is bright in dark, grimyGotham. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jun 8, 2016

    This may easily become my fun book of this whole Rebirth menu.  James Tynion gives readers a cool team that I want to see a whole lot more of and a mysterious reason to be one in the first place.  This issue is basically a roll call and I liked it.  Eddy Barrows' art helps give it all a cinematic feel and so far, this is the popcorn movie book that I was hoping for. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Danny Benavides Jun 8, 2016

    Detective Comics #934 is off to a fantastic start,thanks to the new creative team of James Tynion IV and Eddy Barrows. Both the writing and artwork were solid. I'm excited to see what else they have in store for us. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Jun 8, 2016

    While there are definitely elements of nostalgia to be had by long time readers, none of it is essential to understanding the story at hand. In fact, pretty much everything you need to know is right there on the page, making Detective Comics #934 an excellent jumping on point for new readers. With the amount of introductions and set-up this story delivers, it's easy to think that it could crumble under its own weight, but I actually found it to be very well paced and not at all overstuffed. While you shouldn't expect to be reeling from any mind-blowing twists this early in the game, the set-up is still impressive in its own right, providing an intriguing premise along with great artwork and faithful character representations. All in all, this is a solid start to the first issue of Detective Comics under the new Rebirth label. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    SnapPow.com - John McCubbin Jun 10, 2016

    Detective Comics #934 gets the renumbered series off to a tremendous start, being one of my favourite issue from the franchise in the last year or so. Not only did it set-up the new story in an invigorating manner, but it also brought this “boot camp” together in a smooth and engaging way, leaving plenty to look forward to in the coming issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Martin Doyle Jun 8, 2016

    As a cornerstone of the company's catalogue, the 'Detective' title carries a hefty burden of responsibility for the creative team who tackle it, and if you add the pressure of the company's 'Rebirth' to the equation, it's an almost Herculean task. Luckily, DC have made every effort to secure some of the industry's top talent, and this particular team are off to a highly impressive start. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Jun 8, 2016

    Boasting a final page that will make you come back for more in two weeks, Detective Comics #934 lays the foundation for a great team-up book featuring a rather atypical Bat Family lineup. This looks to be just as good as what's going on in the pages of Batman, yet clearly establishes its own identity. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Jun 8, 2016

    Of course, there's still a ton of time for that in future issues, and overall,Detective Comics #934 was an impressive issue. It's definitely a book I'll be sticking with, if only to see more of characters that were either forgotten or misused in The New 52. It helps that Tynion seems to have a handle on the characters, despite not giving everyone a ton of time in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Robert Reed Jun 8, 2016

    Detective Comics #934 is a solid debut that works to fold disparate members of Batman's extended family into one book. With another shuffle in the form of "Rebirth," James Tynion IV's simplified structure provides an excellent base for readers to hop onboard, while still providing some excellent bits of character. The real draw here though is the top-notch artwork. Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, and Adriano Lucas have done a superb job bringing both Gotham and the heroes that protect it to life. With dynamic illustrations, heavy inks worthy of the Dark Knight, and colors that pop off the page, Detective Comics #934 is a great premiere for the Rebirth brand. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Jun 8, 2016

    “Detective Comics” #934 is a solid introduction of this story and especially this team. There are enough emotional beats to engage any reader and because of Stephanie, Tim and Cassandra, there's a nostalgia factor here that should thrill veteran readers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Jake Baumgart Jun 9, 2016

    The script, although a great example of putting a team together, is very dense and asks readers to follow along without a lot of action to break it up. However, if you are a fan of the Dark Knight before his reboot five years ago, you are going to love these characters getting back to their essence and playing around in the fringe corners of Batman's war on crime. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Derek Baker Jun 9, 2016

    Detective Comics is off to a great start. Tynion IV has always had a knack for writing secondary Gotham characters, so this is obviously where he should be. With the current art team, this series has a lot going for it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Jun 9, 2016

    The more I thought about the plot details and the skill of the artists in bringing 'Detective Comics' into the post-New 52 era, the more I appreciated the result. Despite the well-worn team recruiting story the characters sell the book. If you would've told me a year ago I'd see Batwoman, Stephanie Brown, and Cassandra Cain fighting together in a Bat-book I'd call you delusional. It really happened and it's off to a good start and in the right creative hands. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jun 15, 2016

    Those issues aside, I'm loving the fact that DC is giving Tim, Steph, and Cass their own title. Clayface is a bit of a wild card, but I'm willing to wait and see what writer James Tynion IV has planned for him. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - John Moorehouse Jun 9, 2016

    How will the teammates interact with one another? Also, one member of the team learns Batman's secret identity. How might that affect things going forward? While we await those answers, this hodgepodge collection of characters appears set to collide with a new vigilante in Gotham that is threatening due to bothhistactics and, as we learn on the final splash page, numbers. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jun 8, 2016

    This is a good set up and has me wanting to see where it goes from here. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    DC Comics News - Konrad Jun 8, 2016

    Overall, a solid start to the rebirth of Detective Comics. This story opens up a lot of interesting story telling doors and is sure to develop into something great with Tynion IV at the helm. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Karen O'Brien Jun 8, 2016

    Overall, Tynion IV and the creative team are off to a solid start. Tynion IV's script follows a good formula for establishing a team title where all the members are strong individuals who will become teammates -- eventually. The bad guy is already a challenge, and best of all, Batman is Batman; he only divulges part of his motivation for creating the team and he is definitely keeping secrets. However, if you were hoping for a solo Batman title or if you aren't a fan of the team's members, you may want to pass on the new "Detective Comics." Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jun 11, 2016

    The new Detective Comics direction already feels temporary, but Tynion seems to have something fun in mind, and I look forward to a series with a new twist on the Bat-family. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Jun 14, 2016

    Detective Comics returns this week with an oddly quiet start to DC Rebirth proper. James Tynion seems to be focused on laying the groundwork for his run, trusting that readers will see the potential of the reborn DC flagship. Luckily for him, and us, the depth of that potential is fairly staggering. Tynion writes an elite unit of Batman's most beloved allies with the respect that fans dream of and the confidence that pros envy, topping the whole thing off with one of the most fantastic Clayface moments in years. The art is strong and the compositions bold, but, while it tells the story admirably, it only wows occasionally. Detective Comics #934 is a middle of the road issue from some impressive talents, but it shines where it counts. Even if your assessment is harsher than mine, I can't imagine a fan of these characters putting down this book without a legitimate hunger to see where they go next and what Tynion, Barrows, and their teammates have in store for them. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Nerdist - Eric Diaz Jun 10, 2016

    The art on the book is by Eddy Barrows (Teen Titans) and his detailed style is perfect for a book as busy with characters and plot as this one. He does this weird thing when drawing Batman's cape that I don't like, where he adds these weird scallops, but it's a minor quibble. If you missed the former Batgirls, if you miss the Tim Drake/Bruce Wayne dynamic, if you missed Batwoman having a regular title, then Detective Comics might be the best Batman book for you. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Justin Wood Jun 8, 2016

    Gotham will burn again, but only in this book. Do you really think that the two main Bat-titles will cross over with this? No, because even DC, whose name is derived from the title of this comic, considers these books an afterthought. Scott Snyder's superstar title has kept their fingers clinging to the edge of the Best Seller list for months, letting his arcs dominate other books whenever the scale feels precedented (how many of you flipped through ‘Red Hood and the Outlaws' for the first and only time because of ‘Death of the Family'?) because it's Scott's Batworld, everyone else just writes in it. Gotham will burn, and not even DC is impressed by that anymore. Why should we? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    TheMatteo0 Jun 8, 2016

    Incredible artwork and an exciting start really set-up the story well and leave plenty of anticipation for what's to come. Plenty of fan-service with a whole team of bat-people coming back (as pictured on cover), but also a good introduction for those not familiar with the characters. The pace slowed down a little as this issue mainly served as an introduction, but overall a fantastic start to what I think will be a great run!

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  • 8.5
    Big Guy 4U Jun 8, 2016

    One of the more pleasant surprises this month. While James Tynion's Batman work has never really appealed to me, his Detective Comics run is off to good start. The main premise is a little 90s (it's hard to explain without including spoilers), but the idea of a Gotham boot-camp is sold well in this first issue. Tynion primarily focuses on the interactions between Batwoman and Batman, and their recruiting process. The issue moves relatively quickly, but there is a good amount of content to keep readers satisfied. The biggest surprise and the book's X-Factor is the induction of Clayface into the team. Tynion and Eddy Barrows deserve credit for making all of the Clayface scenes standout. Speaking of Eddy Barrows, his art on this book was stellar. It's dramtically dark, and beautifully colored by Eber Ferreira. It's a great looking book. Tynion's run gets off to a promising start with this issue.

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  • 8.5
    brandongernux Jun 8, 2016

    This was an intriguing story for me with very beautiful art. While it went over some of the classic tropes for recruiting a team in the first issue, I enjoyed the interactions and the idea of putting these characters together as a more organized Bat-team. Putting Batwoman as a leader is great, as is having Red Robin, Spoiler, and Orphan together. Clayface was something I was on the fence about but his introduction scene was so heartbreaking that he has already been sold to me as the most compelling part of this team. While this issue felt shorter than any of the other Rebirth titles, I am interested to see where it goes next.

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  • 10
    The Villain Jun 8, 2016

    This is the first Rebirth title I've read outside of DC universe Rebirth from 2 weeks ago and I was so impressed with comic. I like the thought of Batman forming a team. The art was great and the dialogue between characters was great. This comic mostly serves as a stepping stone for what is to come with Detective comics and it did it 100% right. I loved it!

  • 10
    Superheroes for Hire Jun 10, 2016

    Gorgeous art! Great team dynamic! I love the possible storytelling with Clayface. He has played a good tragic figure in recent years. I'm also curious to see how the Batman-Batwoman dynamic works going forward. So far, so good.

  • 9.0
    the green death Jun 8, 2016

    A great introduction issue with beautiful art, by far my favorite story I've read by Tynion - it's like a distillation of everything that worked in the two Batman Eternal minis, without all the stuff that didn't work. Also, good god the art is top notch! I've been a Barrows fan for a while, but this is the best I've see him and he coloring perfectly compliments his line work.

  • 9.0
    Batfan Jun 8, 2016

    Clayface and Batwoman are the parts I'm most excited for. And maybe Orphan.

  • 8.0
    Mister Bungle Jun 8, 2016

    This is the Batman series to go with out of the two titles currently on the shelves. James T Tynion IV has a great understanding of the character of Batman over Tom King's James Bond'esque interpretation. Also the darker more haunting art style is a better fit for Batman and Gotham as well.

  • 8.0
    Michael Mazzacane Jun 9, 2016

    While technically not a ‘Rebirth’ title, Detective Comics #934 is filled with its branding and with a reversion back to its original numbering and new statement of identity, you could say Detective Comics has been rebirthed. In the New 52, Detective Comics struggled for an identity beyond existing as a B-Side Batman book. Prior to the New 52, the book was something of an anthology title with leads changing arc to arc, often serving as a testing ground for characters like Batwoman Kate Kane. Now under the authorship James Tynion IV and the art team of Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, and Adriano Lucas, Detective Comics gains a new identity as the Bat-Family team book. Numerically it isn’t the first issue but #934 marks the start of “Rise of the Batmen” and that brings with it a lot of foundation laying. This isn’t the emotional foundation laid in Green Arrow: Rebirth but a plot one as Batman recruits Batwoman, Red Robin Tim Drake, Spoiler Stephanie Brown, Orphan Cassandra Cain, and Clayface Basil Karlo. Talking about plot is boring but there is a very functional economy to these introductions and recruitments. All but Batwoman’s lasts just 2 pages. It’s like any good recruitment montage from Seven Samurai or Ocean’s Eleven(2001), a characters team functionality and emotional dynamics are quickly established and it’s on to the next one. The art team dose a fantastic job giving these pages’ real flow, from Batwoman’s splash page introduction to the final page on the roof. A common design element is to have an overriding large cell that establishes the environment with smaller cells for emotive character responses. Best seen in the recruitment of Basil Karlo, the most surprising member of the team. The art team works to render Clayface different than the rest of the team. He’s colored softer and kind of opaque, lacking not the strong lines that give a firmly corporeal feel to the Bat people. The midtown theater establishes the tragedy of C

  • 8.0
    Kitaru Jun 23, 2016

    This start leaves hope that Tim Drake will finally be portrayed the way he should. Tynion seems to know what direction he wants to go with Detective and I believe it will be for the better of all the Batman family.

  • 8.0
    Comic Booger Aug 5, 2016

    The full review is here: https://comicbooger.com/2016/08/05/detective-comics-934-review/

  • 7.5
    myconius Jun 8, 2016

    FINALLY!!!! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..........a Batman comic that ACTUALLY feels like a Batman comic!!!! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . welcome BACK Batman!!! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . it's been FAR too long!!!

  • 7.5
    Gizmo Jun 13, 2016

    The scene with Clayface is poignant, well done. I like the chemistry that Batman and Batwoman have, other than that this is just a team assembling issue, nothing special.

  • 5.0
    ComickerPerson Jun 8, 2016

    Has some fanservice, but overall just weak and clumsy dialogue. Easily the weaker of the two Batman books.

  • 5.0
    SkyroCBR Jul 23, 2016

    I don't know why but this issue just felt boring and cramped to me.

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