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DC's Crimes of Passion #1

Writer: James Tynion IV, Steve Orlando, Sina Grace, Jay Baruchel, Stephanie Phillips, others Artist: Greg Smallwood, Riley Rossmo, Andie Tong, Mike Norton, Anthony Spay, others Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 5, 2020 Cover Price: $9.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 11
8.0Critic Rating
5.1User Rating

Passion. Betrayal. Murder. When you're a private investigator, these are things you experience daily. But when you add capes to the mix-like Batman, Catwoman, and Harley Quinn? Things get even messier. The name's Slam Bradley, and I'm telling you that this year's Valentine's Day special has more intrigue than you can shake a stick at. Ten tales of love-the kind of love that can push people over the edge. Don't miss it...or I'll make you pay.

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Feb 5, 2020

    It's a fine collection, one that will make you wish DC did this more often. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - Cody White Feb 14, 2020

    Ten tales of love-the kind of love that can push people over the edge. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    GWW - Deron Generally Feb 5, 2020

    The Question stalks a would-be assassin with a personal connection to his target. A connection that speaks to unspoken love and a secret that brings the former lovers together in tragedy. An ok story that really didn't go anywhere interesting and ended too abruptly. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Feb 7, 2020

    There are some decent enough stories here that make this worth a look.It is slightly better than these things normally are. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Rogues Portal - Aaron Roberts Feb 5, 2020

    DC's Crimes of Passion is a lot of fun. Each story has its appeal and a lot of different art styles are showcased. Some incredible, some good, and some that just don't hit the right notes. As a whole, though, DC's Crimes of Passion is a gorgeous book and fantastic addition to the Wednesday rack. It's 80 pages, and each page works in conjunction with the others to deliver 10 satisfying stories. The variety and ease of entry is the selling point, but the humanity is the sticking point. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Feb 7, 2020

    This is a great comic to give the comics lover in your life on Valentine's Day, and will last way longer than a box of chocolates. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - C.K. Stewart Feb 7, 2020

    This is a super-fun and well-crafted collection, and one I hope DC revisits again in the future. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Wes Greer Feb 5, 2020

    All of the other stories follow close behind, and I really recommend you check out the entire issue. Nightwing and Batgirls have a fantastic story spun in this issue written by actor Jay Baruchel which is just brilliant, and I also loved The Question story written by Ram V. I was pretty bummed not to see a Flash story as I always loved Barry and Iris's connection and there was no Superman tale which we all know the classic tale with Lois Lane. DC Crimes of passion is available today, so pick it up at your local comic store and enjoy all the tales inside! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Feb 5, 2020

    Overall, I'm not sure DC's Crimes of Passion works particularly well as a Valentine's Day special, unless you've been through a bad breakup. The happy endings are few and far between, with Slam Bradley and Wildcat probably having the best outings. But as a noir/crime collection, almost every story hits the mark and leaves you wishing a few of the stories had some more room to breather. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Lizzy Garcia Feb 5, 2020

    DC's Crimes of Passion #1i s a well thought out anthology. Fans of DC Comics looking for more tidbits into their favorite characters' love lives should definitely pick it up. Additionally, the inclusion of lesser-known characters makes this issue that much more unique. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Feb 5, 2020

    These specials are always a mixed bag, especially given the high price point, Still, it is a great way to sample some of the best indie creators as they take on the more familair characters. From a creator point of view, these specials are a win/win; not only do they get a bigger audience, but may also drive readers to try nooks outside of their comfort zone. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Batman-News - Michael Escalante Feb 5, 2020

    Despite a couple truly great short stories, Crimes of Passion #1 lacks consistency to fully recommend. Most of the stories lack any true suspense or high quality art to overcome being generic. Additionally, there is a distinct lack of happy, romantic endings here with even the better stories being somber, which damages its appeal as a holiday treat. With a ten dollar price tag, I only think two of the stories are really worth the money, but for fans of the characters who make appearances, there might be just enough for a purchase. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Spacey Medicine Apr 7, 2020

    I didn’t read most of this.

  • 8.0

    Some simple, well-written stories. Some felt too underdeveloped with the page limit. The standout for me was Steve Orlando's Batman with Greg Smallwood's art that perfectly blends the art deco of Batman The Animated Series with classic film and comics.

  • 7.5
    Grifter Feb 5, 2020

    Liked Orlando and Smallwood story, plus Melnikov’s and Leon’s art is dope. Otherwise really weak stories

  • 4.5
    YourGreenMuse Feb 8, 2020

    Another DC anthology... I tend not to like these, and yet I keep on reading them. The first Batman story was actually pretty good, but that's due, in no small part, to Greg Smallwood's amazing art. I love his art, and it can elevate even the most perfunctory of scripts. The second story with Wildcat was a breeze. Not much to say about it other than that. It didn't overstay its welcome, nor did it leave much of an impact. The third story with Pied Piper was not good. James Tynion is typically wordy and overwrought, so limiting his page count doesn't help. The fourth story with Green Arrow and Black Canary was fine. The story didn't really fit the theme and it didn't really work, but it wasn't a chore to get through. The fifth story with Plas more

  • 4.0
    M1sf1r3 Feb 8, 2020

    Prelude:
    It's another anthology so anthology rules apply here. Also wouldn't this have made more sense to be released next week/in the actual week Valentine's Day is in?

    The Good:
    "More than Maybe" just makes it into The Good.

    I enjoyed "The Crimson Bomber".

    "The Prettiest Thing" was good enough.

    "Reflections of the Heart" was pretty cool.

    The Bad:
    "Pulling Punches" makes it into here. It.... exists.

    Likewise with "Secret Admirer".

    "Out of the Past" also does nothing.

    Again, and this seems to be recurring, "One Last Dance" just exists.

    While it's a DickBab story which I would normally love, there's just too much wrong with "(K)n more

  • 3.0
    myconius Feb 5, 2020

    some 'OK' art, but the writing is pure drivel.
    it's trying to be Noir, but it's just sappy crappy.

    skip this $10 waste of paper and ink.

  • 1.0
    LunaMoody Feb 5, 2020

    Total waste of money. The stories were lame. The art work was terrible. I wish I could return it for a refund. oh and in case this is why you might be interested in buying it you should know the cover isn't even a story in it.

  • 7.0
    tonpas1989 May 3, 2020

  • 6.5
    SpakCracklePop Feb 6, 2020

  • 6.0
    KittyNone Feb 14, 2020

  • 3.5
    Owen Pryde Feb 6, 2020

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