Detective Comics #946

Detective Comics #946

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 14, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 26
8.4Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

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"THE VICTIM SYNDICATE" part four! The Victim Syndicate is taking their message to the streets in an attempt to turn the citizens of Gotham City against Batman and his allies! They can fight villains, but what happens when the whole city turns against them?

  • 10
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Dec 14, 2016

    Detective Comics #946 is a great chapter in what has been an enjoyable arc. Tynion, Barrows, Ferreira and Lucas drive home the drama and execute every page of this issue well. I'm glad I don't have to wait long to get my next Detective fix, cause this crew had me hooked with that cliffhanger. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Konrad Secord-Reitz Dec 14, 2016

    This issue was great and the ending will have readers excited for the next issue! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Dec 14, 2016

    This isn't your regular Batman comic you might be used to. By having Batman ally himself with others in the Bat Family, there is so much more to see explored and developed. Barrows, Ferreira, and Lucas are doing an amazing job with the art and color. How many different Batman stories and titles have we seen over the years? James Tynion IV and crew make Detective Comics stand out from the others. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Dec 14, 2016

    Tynion and Barrows + Team Batman? That's a combination too spectacular to fail as Detective continues to be a must-read Rebirth title. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Joe Ryan Dec 14, 2016

    I have enjoyed every issue of the post-DC Rebirth Detective Comics run (not that I did not enjoy the pre-Rebirth book), and I dont think that will stop anytime soon. I loved the ending of this book, and what it could set up. Batman has never liked working as a team like Red Robin told him in the early page flashback in this issue, and sometimes you can see why. He is afraid of getting other people hurt, but he is learning that sometimes, not even he can avoid that. I am starting to wonder why The Victim Syndicate chose Spoiler to visit and ask her why she helps Batman. I think the end game is a lot bigger than simply being civilians who turned villains because Batman got them hurt. I cannot wait to see where this book goes, and I would recommend it to anyone. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Jon Arvedon Dec 14, 2016

    As Detective Comics #946 comes to a close, one can’t help but marvel at Tynion’s ability to play across the emotional spectrum. As always, this issue is a roller coaster ride through feelings happiness and anger; through hope and despair. That being said, the art team still manages to do an outstanding job following the intricate ebbs and flows of this engaging and fast-paced story. The classic Caped Crusader action is rounded out by strong character beats, as well as captivating sub-plots, and truly sets the bar for what an ideal team book should be. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Brian Warshaw Dec 14, 2016

    A pivotal chapter in “The Victim Syndicate,”Detective Comics #946 contains strong character beats for several members of the team. While Barrows' pencils exhibit the usual quirks in close-up, his layouts are, for the most part, rich storytelling. If you've been waiting for a deeper connection with this arc, this issue may be just what you need, and it sets up what looks to be an emotional thriller of a finale in two weeks. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Comic Crusaders - Dusty Good Dec 20, 2016

    By the end of the issue the question stands " Are the people who fight alongside Bruce better off or worse for having taken up his cause? I guess it will be another issue before we start to get our answers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Spfcderon Dec 14, 2016

    The story of Detective Comics #946 continues to engage with each character given their own hero moment. Spoiler continues to be a relatively flat character with little to no actual value on the team. The artwork continues to move and flow giving the reader a feast for the eyes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Patrick Hellen Dec 16, 2016

    I liked this issue, but I really want Tim Drake back - sooner than later. The best thing the Snyder run did was humanizing Bats; Snyder gave him the ability to smile, and to be more than just a man in a cape. Tim's death has shoved him back in that hole " and I want a human Batman back. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 17, 2016

    Tynion and Barrows are making a really entertaining Batman comic, focused on some truly neat characters. This is good Bat stuff on a reliable Bat schedule. Barrows, especially, outdoes himself in this issue with a string of really great double-page spreads. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Kevin Gunn Dec 17, 2016

    Alright, Tynion, you've peaked my interest again. I can't wait to see how this all plays out in less than two weeks. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Dec 14, 2016

    Tynion and Barrows put all the pieces in place for a killer finale as Batmans team confronts the Victim Syndicate. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Dec 14, 2016

    This issue just cruises along, giving us more of the same until the crazy cliffhanger.  The way it ended, though, made this whole arc feel like nothing but a disguised setup.  I hope I'm wrong because I thought the Victim Syndicate made for an interesting villain. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Capeless Crusader - Jeremy Radick Dec 14, 2016

    The problem with Detective Comics #946 is that, for much of the issue, things are neither revealed nor escalated. For the fourth part of what feels like a five or six part storyline, there's remarkably little tension or suspense. At this point, the First Victim is little more than a cool idea and a great visual, with the main antagonist's motivation maddeningly obscured, resulting in a villain that isn't as compelling or formidable as the concept promised initially. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    pocketmegar Dec 14, 2016

    What an incredible issue! The concept of the crime syndicate is really great and the questions the antagonists raise about Batman, and super-heroes in general, are thoughtful. The characterization of every character (and there are a lot of them) is brilliant and the dialogues are neat. Finally, the art is breathtaking. The panel composition is at the same time original, surprising and perfectly clear. It guides the reader's eyes smoothly. I can't wait to discover how this skillful creative team concludes the arc and how they set the stage for the future.

  • 9.0
    ArkhamJamie Dec 16, 2016

    [ART: 9.6 | STORY: 8.7 | WRITING: 8.8 | TOTAL: 9 (~9)] This was a fantastic issue, probably my favourite for this arc. The art was truly fantastic yet again, but it felt like there was just a little something extra this issue. Barrows set a new high on this front. The story has been really intriguing so far--I like how Batman is being questioned on a real psychological level which created some nice moments between him and the First Victim. This series is written beautifully by Tynion who has a great handle on every character at play. Needless to say, I am anxiously awaiting the conclusion to this arc.

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  • 8.5
    Kitaru Dec 14, 2016

    Interesting twist to the Victim Syndicate arc, but I am having a really hard time with Spoilers character. I know that she should come off as the victim, but it seems that she is being the most disruptive out of all the villains in the story. Overall, I am very interested in seeing who the first victim is.

  • 8.5
    Holyjiebus Dec 19, 2016

    Comic Book Review (8.5/10) "Great!" Detective Comics #946 "The Victim Syndicate Part 4: Death Wish" Writer: James Tynion IV Penciller: Eddy Barrows Plot: The penultimate issue to the Victims Syndicate story arc! Batman and his allies are about to take on the Victim Syndicate before they hurt more people. However, the Spoiler is beginning to have second thoughts... This issue starts with a poignant conversation between Tim Drake and Bruce in a flashback scene, and it helps tie the whole story together. Batman doesn't want to to use force to take down the Victim Syndicate (although it seems Orphan and Batwoman didn't get the memo as they straight up clock the Victims they fought respectively) and it makes sense why Batman doesn't just want to punch the First Victim in the face. Tim had a grand idea to reform the Batfamily team - to make them a team of hope rather than a team of fear and coercion. Because of Tim's recent passing, Bruce feels obligated to approach the First Victim differently. It's a great issue but I had one major problem with it: how is it that each hero conveniently faced off against a Victim that they were prepared and equipped to take down in a building? If each hero fought the villain that he or she was not prepared to take on then it feels the Batfamily would've failed. Besides this forced narrative decision, this is a great comic and Barrows' incredible artwork only heightens the emotional impact and the gravity of the issue. Highly recommended.

  • 8.5
    Jack's Yattering Dec 26, 2016

    Score: 8.4

  • 7.5
    myconius Dec 14, 2016

    this issue made me realize something that's been SORELY missing from this series!!! TIM DRAKE ! ! ! !
    i enjoy some of Tynion's writing quite a bit, but at times he does tend to get very wordy. though i don't mind all the dialog when used in an emotionally powerful scene like the one between Clayface and Glory.
    some of Tynion's character's feel very real and believable to me, though others i'm not 100% sold on.
    overall i really like this comic series, i just don't love it.

    i will say the artwork is definitely top notch though!

  • 7.0
    MPLSrobit Dec 14, 2016

    I'm much more a fan of what's going on in Batman rather than Detective Comics. This is well done and the artwork is strong though.

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    Xtian95 Dec 14, 2016

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  • 9.0
    Spock's Brain Dec 29, 2016

  • 9.0
    Kgphil01 Jan 8, 2017

  • 8.5
    EvilPenguin543 Dec 14, 2016

  • 8.5
    Nuckster77 Dec 18, 2016

  • 8.5
    Veido Dec 24, 2016

  • 8.0
    EDiakota Dec 14, 2016

  • 8.0
    CraigR Dec 14, 2016

  • 8.0
    TheFallenKing13 Dec 15, 2016

  • 8.0
    Gunnarthehuman Dec 20, 2016

  • 8.0
    Rico Dec 28, 2016

  • 8.0
    SwampyCA Jan 4, 2017

  • 7.5
    ComickerPerson Dec 14, 2016

  • 7.5
    ak94 Dec 16, 2016

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    truffaz Dec 22, 2016

  • 7.0
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  • 4.0
    PXJT Dec 14, 2016

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