Detective Comics #954

Detective Comics #954

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Marcio Takara Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 12, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 24
7.5Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

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"League Of Shadows" part four! Ra's al Ghul has the answers Batman needs to take down the League of Shadows...but will he lift a finger to help him? Or would he rather use the League to take care of the Dark Knight Detective once and for all?
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  • 9.5
    PopnComics - Tim Montoya Apr 12, 2017

    Tynion has done it yet again, managing to make this slow buildup feel like anything but. Just as we think we are reaching the top another surprise twist and turn is unveiled, deeper into the rabbit hole we go. I'm not sure how much longer I can stay on the edge of my seat before I just fall off the damn thing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Batmanaruto Apr 12, 2017

    Tynion really broke down the Bat-family in this story arc, and it was done really well. Typically with superhero comics we always know the good guys are gonna win, somehow, and what really matters is the stakes. At the end we are definitely shown that the stakes are high. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Apr 12, 2017

    This issue keeps the pressure building from the first page to the last, and there's a real sense of doom and foreboding raking at the readers' souls. This atmosphere and tension make this title a consistently entertaining read, therefore I have to give this issue another solid: Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Mfossas Apr 13, 2017

    This isn't a great comic for a new reader to dive into, you might have to start from issue 950 to understand the weight of this issue but James Tynion and Co are still moving forward pushing Detective Comics to the top. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Apr 12, 2017

    Fans of Ra's Al Ghul will need to read this issue as major revelations are made that shake up his relationship with Batman. On top of that, the stakes are raised even further, and the final page will leave you wanting that next issue even more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Dave MacPhail Apr 12, 2017

    This has been a great book since Rebirth began and it continues to be one of the strongest titles in DCs lineup. For new readers however, it's worth noting that a lot of the story that has been embedded so far is going to be hard to follow, so Id recommend reading from issue 950 onwards as this is pretty near the end of the current story. There's no reason someone who was reading before and drifted away couldnt pick this up, but new readers should beware, as a brand new story is likely to begin soon. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Apr 15, 2017

    The excitement of the League of Shadows story just keeps ratcheting up higher and higher in this issue, and that is a damn cool thing. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Apr 12, 2017

    Detective Comics #954 moves this arc along at a brisk pace and has me hooked on this storyline despite some shaky art. The final page is a great cliffhanger to launch into the next issue with and I am very happy I only have to wait two weeks for it. This is the kind of grand story that this team of Bat-heavyweights deserves and I look forward to what Tynion and company throw at readers next. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    IGN - Blair Marnell Apr 13, 2017

    The overall issue is better than average and it's building the tension by keeping Batman's team apart. Not perfect by any means, but it's still very good. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Apr 12, 2017

    Tynion sets up the stage for a big character showcase next issue, but hopefully one of DC's best team books gets back on track showcasing the team rather than becoming just another Batman book. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    DC Comics News - Konrad Secord-Reitz Apr 12, 2017

    The conflict between the League of Shadows, Shiva's army, and the Colony in this issue is exciting and makes this issue powerful. Readers who love the rich history of Ra's and the League will enjoy this issue and the next few to come out soon! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    We Got This Covered - Sergio Pereira Apr 12, 2017

    Even though Tynion's foot has slipped off the gas a bit, Detective Comics #954 still keeps us invested in the "League of Shadows" arc. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Apr 12, 2017

    Though this issue sets up more than it pays off, its all done with the writing and artistic polish weve become accustomed to here in Detective Comics. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Apr 12, 2017

    Seeing Ra's interact with Batman is always a real treat, but the art is nowhere near as good as I know Takara is capable of and there's also some illogical actions taken by Shiva. Fortunately, the Batman/Ra's stuff takes up the bulk of the book, so the less than stellar stuff isn't quite as detrimental as it otherwise might have been. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Apr 24, 2017

    The issue ends suggesting all is not lost for the Bat-Family. Just as the arc has built-up Shiva, so it has with Orphan who continues to work her way through the League of Shadows eventually setting up a confrontation with Lady Shiva. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Comicsverse - Aaron Berke Apr 12, 2017

    James Tynion IV tells a story that holds plenty of promise, but splits off in too many directions. Marcio Takara's artwork is clunky, with noticeably repetitive facial expressions. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Apr 12, 2017

    The League of Shadows story continues and the addition of Ra's al Ghul ups the ante, but the art really squashes most of the enjoyment I got from this issue.  The pieces are set up for a really cool final two issues, I just hope they feature art that helps, not hinders the story going forward. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Apr 12, 2017

    While I realize that Batman can't always know what's going on, or be two or three or seven steps ahead of the bad guys, I think that James Tynion missed the mark here, and to put it simply, I didn't believe that Batman was, well, Batman. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Apr 17, 2017

    Browse. Tynion seems almost ready to pump the gas towards a big conflict with the current League of Shadows storyline. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    daddyT Apr 14, 2017

    the art was kind of ugly. big turn-off. but the story was pretty good! I'll tell you one thing - OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG the last page and the battle that is coming is exactly what I want. James Tynion is going to give us the Cassandra - Shiva rematch, and it's going to be glorious. the lead up to it is even being done well. I can't wait!

  • 7.5
    Granfalloon Apr 14, 2017

    The character work has suffered a bit since Tim Drake and Stephanie Brown left. This is another solid issue but maybe not in the same league as the first couple of arcs.

  • 7.5
    pocketmegar Apr 18, 2017

    This arc, which the series has been building up to since its beginning, is disappointing me a little. James Tynion's plot is weaker than usual. The dialogues between Batman and Ra's al Ghul are lengthy, the other members of the teams are absent and the revelations about the League of Shadows are unsatisfactory. The cliff-hanger is very interesting though and I'm eager to read the next issue. Also, Marcio Takara's art is quite sketchy and some faces, specially Ra's al Ghul's, are rather odd, but Marcelo Maiolo's colors are beautiful. I particularly enjoy the way he illuminates the scenes and how he suddenly changes the colors of the background at key moments.

  • 6.5
    Kgphil01 Apr 18, 2017

    The first misstep of this League of Shadows arc. What we get here is mainly build up for the final issue. While this isn't bad by any means it was a bit of a slower read with some below average dialog from what we are used to. But for me where this issue really suffered was the art. The use of Batmans eyes to convey extreme emotions was absolutely terrible. This isn't a deadpool or Spider-Man comic and it really took me out of the story. Overall this has been a fantasric arc and even with this little bit of a let down I expect it will finish strong!

  • 8.0
    Bmarzock Apr 12, 2017

    Liked the twist. I thought it would be more Orphan focused but it wasn't. Still great. It does a better job explaining why the worlds greatest detective was such a god damn idiot about the league of shadows, which was needed in my opinion. And the ending led to what I want to see.... the chickens are coming home to roost Bobbie Boucher!!!! Orphan is going to go nuts next issue!!! Good enough art.

  • 8.0
    kfc902 Apr 14, 2017

    Batman's back is way up against the wall in this arc.

  • 8.0
    Kitaru Apr 22, 2017

    I agree that this issue was not as good as the previous few issues of the Detective Comics. The arc has been going on for what feels a long time, with the setup for the end battle being prolonged over and over again. At times Batman feels weaker and less planned for things in this title than the others, but this is a team book so it makes sense at times. I am still interested in seeing what happens, but I hope that it is done slightly better.

  • 7.5
    Spock's Brain Apr 19, 2017

    This story strikes me as good, but not great. These shadowy assassins are actually not that thrilling. It seems like every story arc, Gotham City itself, and every one of Batman's team, are placed on death's brink. If Gotham is always on the verge of collapse, only to pull out the victory every 6 or 7 issues, it's not that suspenseful. The nuances of Gotham City can be explored in smaller scale stories.

  • 7.0
    HOSHWE Apr 13, 2017

    needs more orphan.

  • 7.0
    nec Apr 14, 2017

    Art was a let down and the story was only ok. Liked explanation for how batman didn't know the league of shadows existed, but didn't like how they referred to an I all star 9 that hasn't come out yet. The orphan fight in the next issue should be awesome if they get a better artist.

  • 7.0
    Jack's Yattering Apr 14, 2017

    SCORE: 7.1

  • 9.0
    CesarCastanha Apr 13, 2017

  • 8.5
    EDiakota Apr 12, 2017

  • 8.0
    Super17 Apr 12, 2017

  • 8.0
    Jason The Dude Apr 13, 2017

  • 8.0
    sebastianorellana95 Apr 15, 2017

  • 8.0
    GlenWizard Apr 20, 2017

  • 8.0
    Nuckster77 Apr 23, 2017

  • 7.5
    Veido Apr 18, 2017

  • 7.0
    TheFallenKing13 Apr 12, 2017

  • 6.5
    Superior fan Apr 12, 2017

  • 6.0
    CraigR Apr 15, 2017

  • 5.0
    joe Apr 12, 2017

  • 4.0
    ComickerPerson Apr 12, 2017

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