Batman: The Detective #1

Writer: Tom Taylor Artist: Andy Kubert Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 14, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 56
8.4Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

An epic tale begins that will take Batman on a harrowing, action-packed European adventure in a new miniseries by superstar creators Tom Taylor and Andy Kubert! A horrific tragedy in the United Kingdom sends a very personal and deadly message to the Dark Knight—one that will draw Batman out of Gotham City to investigate! From the moment he lands in Europe, Batman will face a difficult investigation and unheard-of adversaries and find the assistance of a partner once more—all in the hunt for the villain known as Equilibrium! New villains! New allies! A thrilling overseas adventure begins for the Dark Knight!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Kendra Hale Apr 21, 2021

    This introduction to Batman: The Detective was really a nice opener. I love the plot and how it flows smoothly into different scenarios. I loved seeing Knight and Squire again, as well as seeing Bruce pay homage to BOTH his Fathers. This is a heady mix of emotion and perseverance that I look forward to seeing how it all plays out for the World's Greatest Detective. Of course, I want to know who is behind it all as well, but isn't that the fun part of a story? To watch everything add up? Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Apr 13, 2021

    This is a great comic, and I cannot wait to hear everyone else's thoughts on it, when it's released. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Apr 13, 2021

    In short, if you're looking for an excellent Batman story that is friendly to new readers, you can't do better than Batman: The Detective #1. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Apr 13, 2021

    The Detective gets off to a good start as Taylor, Kubert and Anderson manage the challenging task of having yet another new Batman title stand out among the flood of Dark Knight books on the stands. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Apr 13, 2021

    BATMAN is intelligent, hardworking, and expresses an unwavering moral compass. Hes fearless, courageous, and relies on his wit and aging physicality to overcome some of the darkest obstacles Gotham has to offer. However, with the death of Alfred, he's lost and searching for a purpose. Taylor makes this story new user-friendly while reintroducing some semi-obscure Bat characters in the process. Anyone can hop onboard without prior knowledge and learn something new in the process. Plus, older and more avid fans will love how real and natural BATMAN is portrayed. Taylor creatively drops readers deep into the story almost immediately and makes new fans feel welcome with some of the many clever twists within the narrative. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Apr 13, 2021

    Even if you're the type who thinks there are too many Batman books, I recommend giving Batman: The Detective a try. This is not only a very different Batman compared to the mainline books, but this first issue makes a strong case to justify the series' existence. Batman: The Detective is an engaging new adventure for Batman that never lets up and never lets us forget the weight on his shoulders. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Apr 13, 2021

    A perfect mystery for the Dark Knight Detective, and another big win for one of DC's best. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Apr 13, 2021

    Batman The Detective #1 ends on a reveal that cant fail to grab the attention of readers. With the apparent why of this airborne disaster revealed, Batman knows he is up against someone looking to hurt him in an extremely particular way. But who, and why remain to be discovered. Finding out why has me more hyped than Ive been for a Batman story in years. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jake Palermo Apr 10, 2021

    Batman Detective #1 starts off a series that will make readers love or hate Batman as much as Bruce Wayne does. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Brian Warshaw Apr 13, 2021

    If you're looking for the Tom Taylor on Batman that we've been waiting for, then you're in for a surprise"but not a disappointment. Batman: The Detective takes the Bat out of Gotham, and it leaves the rogues behind, yet this clean slate is the perfect stage for Taylor and Kubert to bring the Dark Knight back to his essence. Here's hoping for much, much more of this in the years to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Graphic Policy - Brett Apr 13, 2021

    Batman: The Detective #1 is a fun start to a self-contained Batman story. It takes him to unfamiliar territory and seems to mix his different aspects well. It's a nice break from the greater macro Batman story taking place currently in other series. There's some that's a bit classic about it, a comic you can just pick up and enjoy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Timala Elliott Apr 13, 2021

    Kubert uses detailed and exciting drawings to fill this issue. The color work of Anderson accentuates them beautifully, and the tone perfectly defines the world of Batman. Though I find the total work to be wonderfully done, there is a particular panel that I find glorious. This is an engaging issue that immerses you into the story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    BGCP - Benjamin Milne Apr 16, 2021

    Finally, my only hope for the series is that it goes on to defend its title of Batman: “The Detective” with masterminds colliding thoughts as opposed to fists colliding with faces. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Wes Greer Apr 13, 2021

    Batman the Detective is available today so make sure you pick up a copy and add it to the top of your reading pile. This is now one you sent going to want to wait on Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Apr 15, 2021

    "Batman: The Detective" #1 finds an intriguing direction for a different kind of Batman. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Apr 13, 2021

    Bit and Pieces:Batman: The Detective #1 is an okay start to a new arc for the Caped Crusader. The art is great. The jury is still out on the story. It's not flawed. It's just that there's nothing to blow you away or really hook you. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - DJ Torres Apr 13, 2021

    With a Grant Morrison-esque vibe, Tom Taylor starts off well with an issue that cameos plenty of interesting characters to create what should be an intriguing investigative story. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Apr 13, 2021

    Like their interpretation of Bruce's state of being, it is a starting point rather than a fully fleshed-out and understood vision. The thematics are the most detailed factor, making for an issue ruminating on lives saved and the ghosts of those lost, and it remains to be seen if the creative team will be able to use the remaining five issues to connect these various pieces into a more cohesive whole. Read Full Review

  • 5.0 - Chase Magnett Apr 14, 2021

    The creative talent assembled to tell this superhero-mystery is top-notch, but the underlying conspiracy may prevent them from elevating this story above the tawdry and familiar. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Stormwrath Apr 13, 2021

    Fantastic art and really interesting story, what a great issue

  • 9.5
    Asger Apr 13, 2021

    This was absolutly briliant. This is the best Batman book since Curse of the White Knight. While I was Reading it “it would be cool if they made a Batman book like x(can’t say it’s spoilers)” and then this book does it! Also the new design for Batman with the trenchcoat is dope.

    The only flaw I can think of is that a character shows up in the story that thematically feels out of place. The story is for the most part very grounded but they then throw in this character and it feels out of place.

  • 9.0
    I Review Comics Mar 19, 2022

    Batman: The Detective #1 - A Dark Knight in London
    Writer: Tom Taylor | Artist: Andy Kubert | Publisher: DC Comics
    KAEL NGU Variant Cover

    Review ✍

    Since I relaunched “GTMedia Reviews” as “I Review Comics”, the Batman titles I’ve reviewed have been hit and miss. I’m currently reviewing the tail end of Tom King’s run, as well as Joker: Puzzle box and Suicide Squad: Get Joker. Of the Bat-books, I’ve reviewed non have stood out as anything other than mediocre which is sad because:

    A. Batman has always been one of my favorite Superheroes.

    B. DC is producing so many books featuring the Bat-Family of characters.

    Batman: The Detective by Tom Taylor and Andy Kubert is more

  • 9.0
    Hex Jun 17, 2021

    Taylor's writing doesn't always grab me but this was actually pretty damn engaging. I like the fact that Batman has something to actually solve though I doubt it will take that long for him to figure out. Writers tend to have issues creating lengthy mysteries without making it overly convoluted. As much as I love the Bat-family, not having them around allows him to just focus on solving crimes which I can only hope will be the focus for this series.
    Kubert's art is pretty hit or miss for me since Batman and Son but this was surprisingly solid here. I do feel a few panels were almost exact copies of ones he did for Morrison's run but since he's copying himself I guess he can get a pass as long as it doesn't persist. They are good lookin more

  • 9.0
    Amazing Psycamorean Apr 23, 2021

    Honestly, I wasn't looking forward to reading this. I can't really explain why beyond just a general Bat-fatigue. It's weird how in this story, Bruce is ready to leave Gotham behind but in every other title, he explicitly talks about how Gotham needs him. It also seems like they might be aging Batman a little bit? Which is actually kind of neat. I like that. And the final twist was actually kind of engaging to me. I was coming into this with the lowest expectations, so it's not hard to see why they were surpassed, but nonetheless, I really liked this one.

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  • 9.0
    C.V.R. The Bard Apr 18, 2021

    Kubert got every character looking bloated here, but the story is far from that.
    Batman's over here boxing ghosts, teaming up with characters that haven't been big since Batman Inc. & leaving the manor for the second time ina Bat-book in less than six months.
    Maxi-Series, shit, abandon the Magistrate story & make this the new Detective arc !

  • 9.0
    雨人点雪 Apr 13, 2021

    A good start. Tom Taylor is still a good story teller.

  • 8.5
    Leakim Feb 22, 2022

    Fine Comic in England with Batman and Henri Ducard.

  • 8.5

    I was a bit skeptical to get this, but then most Bat Mini-series and specials have been major let-downs of late. But I think one thing that appeals about this is that it's a break from the umpteenth "Bold new direction" DC has taken Batman in over the last 2 decades. Not to mention a good trip from Gotham is just what he and we all could use.
    It's also the start of a pretty interesting mystery. Who or what is Equilibrium? And who is behind it all? And most importantly, what is their grudge with Batman rooted in? It should be interesting to see it develop.
    All I ask is it stay on schedule. I've seen too many mini-series get thrown off schedule over the last few years and that causes a major decline in interest. By the time it resu more

  • 8.5
    cincyfan Apr 17, 2021

    I love how this is written from the perspective of Batman from the future one who is older and a bit slower it gives this book a uniqueness. I am a big fan of both Tom Taylor and Andy kubert's so I had high hopes for this one and it delivered. I am looking forward to issue two

  • 8.5
    Quirky Genin Apr 14, 2021

    Def a good start, Andy Kubert is just good old fashioned comic book greatness.

  • 8.5
    Absolute Z to the 4 Apr 14, 2021

    Nice to see an extra-sized 26 page story for the standard price of $3.99. Pretty rare!

    The credits are unremarkable on the cover, but the inside credits name Kubert before Taylor. I wonder if that will be true with each issue, and besides it being atypical, whether it has any significance.

  • 8.5
    Batman Jones Apr 14, 2021

    This issue was thrilling and so satisfying for a Batman fan like myself. My only disappointment is that it's a limited series. I could read this team on Batman forever.

  • 8.5
    daspidaboy Apr 13, 2021

    This is another hit for Tom Taylor, the pacing, story, and action feel dynamic and fluid. Excited to see future issues.

  • 8.0
    mrDovydas Apr 24, 2021

    Great start to this story. Taylor always delivers, and Kubert's art really fits the story. Excited for more of this.

  • 8.0
    the_comic_book_club Apr 17, 2021

    Batman: The Detective
    Issue: 1

    Publisher: @dccomics
    Writer: @tomtaylormade
    Pencils & Inks: @andykubertart
    Colorist: @comicbrad
    Letterer: Clem Robins
    Cover: Andy Kubert & Brad Anderson

    A terrorist organization wearing white Batman masks took down a commercial flight. This horrible tragedy sends a very personal and deadly message to the caped crusader. This horrific tragedy and message will make Batman leave his normal jurisdiction in Gotham City, to Europe in order to investigate the link of his role in the incident.

    This was a great start to this mini-series as the premise of this story really lives up to the name of its title. As Batman investigates this heinous crime, more

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  • 7.5
    Spacey Medicine Sep 17, 2021

    Batman talking about how everything hurts when you’re old... same, king. Also like... Batman has legit saved the whole universe so... omnicide it is, I guess.

  • 7.5
    EDiakota Apr 19, 2021

    " It's time for the Bat to leave the cave. Forever."

  • 7.0
    KFuqua Apr 15, 2021

    It was fine. Nice art and an okay story.

  • 7.0
    SONOFBATMANN Apr 13, 2021

    Not a Tom Taylor fan, but this seemed pretty void of his 'isms'. The internal dialogue was very reminiscent of Frank Miller's Batman voice; then again we're also getting an older, more hardened version of the Caped Crusader.

    Return of Beryl was great, and the new Squire doesn't seem too forced. Gentleman Ghost was also fun. Kubert's art was fantastic as always.

    Pretty good; will be picking up the next issue.

  • 6.5
    Merlyn Apr 13, 2021

    The main idea for the book isn't bad, it's pretty interesting actually but until the last page the book felt like a bore. It's probably Tom Taylor's storytelling that I always find very cliche and the fact that his characters sound the same in all his books. I'm not a huge fan of Kubert's art but here he was really good.

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  • 6.0
    Boudi Apr 18, 2021

    The idea is good. A group that hunts the people Batman has saved can work in the hands of a man like Taylor. We know the story takes place in the UK and Batman talks about Costantine, can he show up? I liked the two characters that Taylor created in this issue. Andy Kubert's art is hard to talk about, in one page it's amazing, on the next is bad. Not consistent at all.

  • 5.5
    SenpaifenixJäger Apr 13, 2021

    I did not like. It's not the most horrible thing you've ever read.
    The demon part was very ridiculous.
    The story is slow.
    I liked the suit style Snyder cut.

  • 5.0
    RedKryptoSuperman Apr 16, 2021

    Not a bad story but a lot of elements shoehorned into the story that take away from it as well.

  • 2.0
    Valiant Son Apr 14, 2021

    Not for me. I really don't care.

    It might have been more appealing if there had been a story.

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