Detective Comics #0

Writer: Gregg Hurwitz Artist: Tony Daniel, Richard Friend Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 5, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 9
6.9Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

Discover how young Bruce Wayne learned to wield the martial arts, and how a major villain was introduced into his life.

  • 10
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Sep 5, 2012

    The back up by James Tynion and Henrik Jonsson was pretty great as well. The Kane family really doesn't have a whole lot to do with anything... ever, so to paint them still in the picture, is something I'd really like to see expanded upon. I mean, apparently Bruce has this whole other side of the family that is never mentioned... I don't know where this story could continue, but I would love to see the Kanes come into play somehow. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Flip Geeks - Earl Maghirang Sep 7, 2012

    Overall, this is another great book. I liked the cover, I liked the story, heck even the backup story featuring Alfred Pennyworth and his reaction upon the return of a scruffy, Wolverine-esque Bruce Wayne was a winner. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Sep 5, 2012

    I wish both The Long Wait and The Final Lesson could've been given more pages so that they could reach their full potential but even so I think that this is a comic that every Batman fan should go pick up. Although they were brief, each story was very well done. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Poet Mase Sep 5, 2012

    More than just a couple of thoroughly entertaining stories, this issue may be remembered asa symbolic divider between what has come before and what waits in the future of Detective Comics. John Layman is taking over the writing duties next month, but I'm very please with Hurwitz and Tynion's efforts to break the seriesfree fromits 12-issue mold. I know that this one issue won't be enough to instill similar optimism in some readers, but everyone should buy a copy of this book. It's a terrific pair of stories that even the most cynical of fans will enjoy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Scott West Sep 7, 2012

    This was a great issue, especially that first story, and makes me yearn for more tales of Bruce Wayne's training years. Maybe WB made a mistake when they passed on that idea for a show to replace 'Smallville' because, after this issue, I'd definitely give a show like that a shot. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - Cody Mudge Sep 5, 2012

    Overall this book definitely justifies its existence in my mind. It will be very interesting to see what the other Batman books explore with their Zero Issues but Detective Comics #0 is a great start to the month for the Dark Knight. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Sep 10, 2012

    While there was no Earth-shattering reveal in this issue, it is still a fine read with lots of entertaining content. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Sep 5, 2012

    The idea of doing Batman zero/origin issues seemed a little odd since we pretty much know all of his story. Surprisingly and thankfully, Gregg Hurwitz focuses on a time that hasn't had a lot of attention in the past. Seeing Batman before he's Batman is cool. This isn't in the beginning of his training either as he's likely been around the world already. We also get a great back up story written by James Tynion IV focusing on what Alfred's been doing while Bruce is away. This is what zero issues should be about. It's a great look back at the characters before the first issue of this series. Now I'm even more excited to see other zero issues. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Following The Nerd - Christopher Williams Sep 9, 2012

    The stories here are good even if they don't really add onto the origin of Batman in a way that we weren't already familiar with. The art here is top notch, especially the panels in which Shaw looks ever so creepy standing by the fire place. Overall this is a good read and I really enjoyed how the main story played out. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Sep 5, 2012

    Detective Comics #0 is overall disappointing though, and this disappointment is two-fold. The story, while illuminating some of the the early days of The New 52's Bruce Wayne/Batman, really doesn't deliver anything groundbreaking, nor does it powerfully illuminate the new Batman in any unique way. We've seen these types of Batman stories again and again in the past. Detective Comics #0 also does nothing to help untangle or explain all the inconsistencies now inherent in Batman, and his many Robins' stories, by continuing to be set 10 and 7 years ago. The totally contradictory and unintelligible continuity of The New 52 looks like it will remain just that, even after Zero Month. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Jake Baumgart Sep 6, 2012

    If Detective Comics #0 was supposed to fill in the early Batman years, it didn't add much. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Ryan K. Lindsay Sep 7, 2012

    "Detective Comics" #0 is a very short story of Bruce Wayne's past. Most of what is presented has been seen before to some degree. A young couple cloud watching is an extreme clich, but Hurwitz turns it with Bruce seeing a string of pearls in the clouds and brings the moment down in a character specific way. After all of this simple stuff is established, Hurwitz does work to a decent beat at the end. This issue isn't essential but it's a nice slice of the man who will become the Bat. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    First Comics News - Matthew Szewczyk Sep 5, 2012

    I am not sure what to make of the “zero issue” concept, so far it seems like an editorial decision rather than a creative decision and it shows. This issue offers nothing important for Batman fans and we have FIVE more Batman titles getting zero issues this month, hopefully they get better from here on. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Sep 7, 2012

    I wouldn't buya book again from this team, and the $3.99 cover price guarantees it. Not worth the price. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Major Spoilers - Zach Woolf Sep 7, 2012

    Since there are multiple Batman centered books I'm hoping for a connected story between them this month, but even if that does pan out Detective Comics #0 will not play much of a role. The story is far too rushed to make an impact on the readers and the content within seems to fall to the way side with stories Batman is currently in. Besides the art, the only other positive is the fact that this is the last issue before John Layman takes over the writing duties. Read Full Review

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