Detective Comics #23.4

Event\Storyline: Villains Month Writer: Frank Tieri Artist: Scot Eaton, Jaime Mendoza Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 25, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 2
7.5Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

Dr. Langstrom has given in to the Man-Bat side of his personality. Left unchecked in a world without heroes, he brutally stalks his prey in Gotham City! If Langstrom won't stop himself...who will?

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Sep 28, 2013

    Well worth the extra dollar for a cool special cover, this issue is another gem in the Villains Month line. Tieri knows how to write villains, yes, but its the humanity of this issue (or rather, the seeking of humanity) that makes it a good find. Ive always liked the tragic villain aspect of a majority of the Batman villains, and Man-Bat is no exception. Add that with the great art from Eaton and the ages old (but still great) bookending storytelling method, and you get another fantastic one-and-done story from two masters. This is what superhero comics are supposed to be like every month. Hopefully Man-Bat isnt ruined. This creative team just saved him from becoming a gimmick or fading into obscurity. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Sep 27, 2013

    Regardless, I liked how the issue ends where it began, coming full circle. This is definitely a must-read for all Man-Bat fans. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Jake Baumgart Sep 26, 2013

    What we have here is a near-perfect one-shot tie-in book. When it comes to a situation like Villains Month, there are usually too many editorial cooks in the kitchen. However, Frank Tieri and artists Scott Eaton and Jaime Mendoza pull off a strong one shot that address where Man-Bat was and where he is going. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 25, 2013

    With the visuals steadily taking priority over the writing over time, this issue winds up being a very short read relative to most Villains Month issues. But with so many of these books burdened by needless narration and exposition, it's refreshing to see one writer willing to take the "less is more" approach to this concept. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Sep 26, 2013

    The issue doesn't have some down moments. I'm not really a big fan of the first few pages where Man-Bat is fighting his wife, but the story picks up once it focuses on only the Man-Bat himself. Overall, this issue gives Man-Bat the respect he deserved. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Sep 25, 2013

    This otherwise-impressive character study is blemished by a couple of small but distracting creative blunders, however. Langstrom's overreaction in dispatching a car thief leads into a somewhat forced, albeit brief, confrontation and exchange with Commissioner Gordon that isn't really necessary. Tieri's story is clear on its own and his point is made, without this awkward insertion. And Eaton and Mendoza's Gotham, with its park full of people relaxing and playing chess, doesn't seem all that in character for Gotham on a good day, let alone one that's missing its heroes and is under super-villain occupation. Flaws aside, though, Tieri tells a pretty insightful Man-Bat tale that can set the stage for his next appearance, and Eaton and Mendoza bring all of the ugliness and brutality to life. As Villains Month comes to a close, this comic stands out as one of the better products to come from it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Sep 28, 2013

    First of all, the art by Eaton is fantastic! He draws an amazing Man-Bat, full of beastly vigor and badassery. He also does a great job showing the downward spiral of Langstrom's transformations. Most Villains Month issues have either been origin stories or simple little done-in-one villain tales. But Man-Bat #1 actually does something substantial with the character. Langstrom actually changes over the course of the issue, and it's a tragic story to witness. The man wants to be a hero and help out with his particular brand of super-powers, but in his effort to do a better job, he drives himself to uncontrollable madness. It's a fantastic little story, and one of the best DC has put out this month. I might even have to buy Detective Comics more often to see where this story goes. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Sep 29, 2013

    This was a very enjoyable issue, but the pace was way too quick making it questionable whether it's value for money. It also didn't really show us much new, as although it was a nice development for Man-Bat it isn't a great deal off development. It was however still very exciting and dramatic and I'd highly recommend it to any Man-Bat fan, but otherwise I'd probably only recommend it if you want something that's a quick read, or if you have the spare cash to get it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Sep 25, 2013

    As a fun short story about monsters it's a success, but it really is over and done with far too quickly even if it has some cool imagery. It's the readers of John Layman's Detective Comics that I recommend this to the most. I think Tieri and Eaton did a great job, I just wish there was more of it and that the fight between Man-Bat and Francine had carried more weight. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Sep 25, 2013

    If you've been reading Detective Comics and have been interested in Man-Bat's back up stories, then this issue continues that story a bit. There's not as much development as you might expect from the recent issues of Detective, but the one big turn that happens is fairly important to Man-Bat as a character, so it's up to you if want to invest, because the end result could be told to you in a single sentence. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Hero Nuggets - Hero Nuggets Sep 28, 2013

    A fun read, however could have included more information on the Man-Bat. Read Full Review

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