Detective Comics #945

Detective Comics #945

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Al Barrionuevo, Carmen Nunez Carnero Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 23, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 23
8.1Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

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"The Victim Syndicate" part three! Batman is trying his best to hold his team together, but Spoiler might have every reason to walk out the door...and others might follow!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Konrad Secord-Reitz Nov 23, 2016

    This issue was great, I really lovedhow each character is developed further, especially the exchange between Batwoman and Batwing. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Jon Arvedon Nov 23, 2016

    Detective Comics #945 is yet another example of Tynion’s outstanding ability to juggle multiple profound plot points, while simultaneously fleshing out a diverse and dynamic ensemble cast. Like the previous issue, the cliffhanger conclusion of this chapter highlights Tynion’s level of expertise when it comes to the serialized format. Despite the unfamiliar additions to the art team, the sequentials round out what ends up being one of the most captivating issues of Detective Comics under Tynion’s reign. Whether the reveal on the final page is an ephemeral plot device or merely a red herring shouldn’t take long to be answered. In any case, the suspense will likely have you be chomping at the bit for #946 when it finally hits stands. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Nov 23, 2016

    Detective is one of the few comics that can get by with weaker fill-in art. Tynion is crafting one of DC's best books right now and the final page's cliffhanger ensures the thrills won't be stopping anytime soon. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Nov 24, 2016

    This issue is all about presenting you with ideas and getting you to think. It's about putting yourself in someone else's shoes and seeing the world through their eyes. I believe character exploration is one of Tynion's greatest strengths and because he is always so right on target regarding their portrayals, hecan spend entire issues doing “nothing” and still keep me enthralled. It doesn't bother me that they aren't out there hitting the mean streets and cracking heads because I actually care about these characters, what they think and how they feel. If you share my sentiments, you're going to have a good time with this book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Joe Ruggirello Nov 24, 2016

    Tynion continues to deftly balance the team aspect of this book, though Orphan can always use more screen time. This series has done wonders for Clayface as his evolution continues, though it remains to be seen just how heroic Basil can be. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Nov 26, 2016

    Detective Comics may not be packed to the gills with superhero fisticuffs, like a lot of Bat-books, but when you're playing with one of the best casts in all of comics, I'm definitely in favor of getting the most out of them. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Nov 23, 2016

    As the Victim Syndicate sows disruption in the team through Stephanie, already fractured by the death of Tim Drake, Batman and Batwoman struggle forward. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Bin - Avi Weinryb Nov 25, 2016

    All in all, there's a lot to enjoy here, even if the plot itself was put into motion via the cliched demands of a new villain. Readers should look forward to seeing how James Tynion IV concludes this arc. We're rooting for him to stick the landing and leave us with something worthy of the time invested in the proceedings. With a salty mix of characters and some solid dialogue, the inconsistent art can be overlooked this time. The next piece of this story arc can't come soon enough. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Nov 23, 2016

    Time to suck it up and talk about your feelings, because Detective Comics #945 has that in droves. Characters are revealing pain and guilt which makes for interesting character work. The plot moves very slowly however, and it's hard to shake the feeling that the comic pads itself out with unimportant scenes so as to fill its pages. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Nov 23, 2016

    James Tynion continues his Victim Syndicate story by showing the Detective Team instead of the new villains.  Why that seems an odd choice, Tynion does a good job showing us that those weird costumed freaks (sorry if that's insensitive) aren't the only ones caught in the crossfire.  This is a more personal issue and while the art wasn't great, it does set up the story going forward. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Kevin Gunn Nov 23, 2016

    The art in this issue seems out of place and jarring, and it left me wondering what happened to Eddy Barrows? The illustrationsseemed less like a comic book or graphic novel and more storybook. It just seemed out of place, and matters weren't helped by having 2 artists working on the story. Tynion has set the bar very high in previous issues, and I hope there is a big payoff coming in this arc. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Kitaru Nov 24, 2016

    I understand the Spoiler is in grief, but so is every character that has literally known Tim longer. Still, I think Tynion is doing a great job on Batman, but I think Spoiler might just be a character I never quite connect with.

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  • 9.5
    Chip Chipperson Nov 27, 2016

    Great story arc, and great addition with this issue. Tynion's doing a great job with the rebirth series so far , 1st with the 7-part "Rise of the Batmen" now the "Victim Syndicate"... can't wait to see what happens next!

  • 8.5
    pocketmegar Nov 23, 2016

    I enjoyed this issue quite a lot. The art is neat and the questioning on Batman's work is really well developped.

  • 8.5
    ArkhamJamie Nov 28, 2016

    [ART: 9 | STORY: 7.5 | WRITING: 9 | TOTAL: 8.5 (~8.5)] I'm a big fan of Tynion's writing and I love how each character gets their moment to shine. Everyone is well developed with big emotional moments. The art wasn't up to its usual standards, and the story didn't seem to move anywhere, but the book is still one of the best Rebirth has to offer.

  • 8.0
    Holyjiebus Nov 25, 2016

    Comic Book Review (8/10) "Great," Detective Comics #945 "The Victim Syndicate Part 3: Unforgiven," Writer: James Tynion, Pencillers: All Barrionuevo/Carmen Carnero, Plot: The First Victim has visited Stephanie aka Spoiler after attacking the Batfamily and leaving Stephanie in critical condition. It seems the First Victim has influenced Stephanie and Stephanie demands Batman to unmask himself to the public in order to save Gotham City. Can the Bat Family stop the Victim Syndicate before it's too late? Spoiler breaks down in this issue and it seems she is dealing with the loss of Tim Drake more negatively than the rest of the team. In fact, she might even be going crazy. This issue has everyone on the Bat Family team dealing with the loss of Tim Drake as well as recuperating from the Victim Syndicate's attack. It seems that the Victim Syndicate not only did a number on the Bat Family physically, but also hurt the team psychologically. Now Batman has to do his best to keep his team from falling apart. This book has two artists illustrating for the comic and Barrionuevo seems to have a more impressionistic approach, while Carnero has the more typical comic art approach. Barrionuevo is obviously the strongest of the two artists, and the transitions back and forth is not as jarring when compared to Cyborg #5, but you can tell when the transitions take place and that might distract readers.

  • 8.0
    Spock's Brain Nov 30, 2016

    The art changes are somewhat jarring, but I am growing more interested in Batman's supporting cast. If someone told me I would enjoy a "Detective Comics" that puts the Dark Knight in the background I wouldn't have believed it, but...

  • 7.0
    myconius Dec 1, 2016

    the villains being extremely and completely over-powered has taken me out of the story.
    suspension of disbelief - - RIGHT out the window!!
    i like the idea behind them, but they feel too unbeatable.

    i’m not liking Stephanie Brown as a character too much either. what is her real purpose other than to lament over Tim and be a nag to Batman?
    Pre-Flashpoint Batman would have fired her by now, instead of just grounding her.
    this series is really suffering from far too many characters to deal with properly. it’s feeling very jumbled.

    we finally get to spend some quality time with Clayface! something this series has been sorely lacking from, and desperately NEEDS!!!
    his face coming undone as he relived a past trauma during a psych evaluation was truly POWERFUL! probably one of the best moments in this entire series other than Tim Drake’s “Sacrifice”.

    Stephanie turns on the Mud-Room to talk to a simulation of Tim. i’m not really sure what that’s supposed to resolve?

  • 9.0
    Michał Dziewit Nov 23, 2016

  • 8.5
    pablo Nov 23, 2016

  • 8.5
    sebastianorellana95 Nov 23, 2016

  • 8.5
    Nuckster77 Nov 28, 2016

  • 8.5
    Bosschill Nov 30, 2016

  • 8.0
    Rotivv Nov 23, 2016

  • 8.0
    jonikacci Nov 23, 2016

  • 8.0
    Lotrbruno Nov 24, 2016

  • 8.0
    Veido Nov 30, 2016

  • 8.0
    Rico Nov 30, 2016

  • 7.5
    EDiakota Nov 23, 2016

  • 7.5
    TheFallenKing13 Nov 23, 2016

  • 7.5
    EvilPenguin543 Nov 23, 2016

  • 7.5
    Nobodyisemo Nov 29, 2016

  • 6.5
    ComickerPerson Nov 23, 2016

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    ak94 Nov 30, 2016

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