Detective Comics #25

Detective Comics #25

Event\Storyline: Batman: Zero Year Writer: John Layman Artist: Jason Fabok Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 6, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 4
7.8Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

A BATMAN: ZERO YEAR tie-in! James Gordon confronts the corrupt elements in the G.C.P.D.and the vigilante known as Batman!

  • 10
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Nov 6, 2013

     John Layman is like the ultimate team player in the Bat office right now. He takes whatever is thrown at him and never misses a beat in terms of quality. Like Zero Year, Layman twists elements from Year One just enough to make them new and interesting, but not completely disregard what came before. Mix this with Jason Fabok's consistently great art, this month complimented by Tomeu Morey's colors, and you've got another great tie-in from Detective that plays well with the main story, but manages to tell a great story of its own. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Nov 6, 2013

    If there was an on-going "Young" Jim Gordon book, written by Layman and drawn by Fabok, I would be the first person to sign up for it, as long as it's as enjoyable as this issue was. We are treated to a really solid story of Gordon stepping into his own as a cop. Layman does a great job with this character and the world around him. Fabok's art really makes this book feel like a crime story. While I've been enjoying past issues of DETECTIVE, this was my favorite one yet. Overall, I highly recommend this issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - David John Nov 7, 2013

    Despite not having much Batman in the story, I would still recommend Detective Comics # 25 to any Batman fan as it is a really enjoyable story. So far the Zero Year tie ins are off to a great start! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Nov 11, 2013

    This was an amazing Zero Year tie-in as well as an outstanding James Gordon story. It would have a lot of drama and suspense, also being very exciting as well. It would also have a lot of depth as well, with some very intense sequences. Due to all this I'd highly recommend this issue, as although there haven't been many Zero Year tie-ins so far, this is one of the best so far. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Nov 6, 2013

    Even though there are a number of changes to Gordon's backstory that I found questionable, this was a really engaging read with fantastic artwork. Plus, Gordon is a character who has gotten the short end of the stick in the New 52 so far and it's great to see him get a story focused on him being smart, strong, and totally capable for a change. It might not add much to the bigger Riddler blackout story of Zero Year, but I think it provides something else to the New 52 Bat-mythology of equal importance. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Philip Suson Nov 6, 2013

    Overall this was a good comic to read. Easily worth the four bucks it cost to get it. There may be nothing new to say in regards to Gordon's story, but it is told great. Let's hope they can elevate the story they are telling so it is more than just an obligatory tie-in. Detective Comics #25 is published by DC. It is available now at your local comic book store as well as digital distributer. You can expect Detective Comics #26 to be released December 4th 2013. Do you agree with what the review has stated, or do you think he was being too hard on it? Comment your thoughts below. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Tyler McGoff Nov 23, 2013

    Overall this is a great one-shot story starring James Gordon and it fits in nicely with Zero Year. John Laymans take on the future police commissioner and the corrupt GCPD was nicely done and it felt like a classic, old school, Jim Gordon storyline. Jason Faboks art is top-notch as always and the splash pages are wonderful. There are some very minor issues that stuck out to me, but nothing serious enough to really take away from the story and overall book. Its a great, self-contained story and a treat for your eyeballs at that! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Nov 12, 2013

    There are more than a couple twists to the ending that attempt to tie everything back to this new version of Batman and to be honest, the coincidences are a little hard to accept. Still, I can't help but see it as a suggestion of the relationship that will form between this upstart vigilante and the man that will become Commissioner. It's not perfect, but it's still a highly entertaining slice of comic book storytelling. A comic that reminds us why Gotham City is more a product of its players that don't wear the cape and cowl. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Nov 6, 2013

    Well luckily we just ended a story arc, so Zero Year doesn't just butt it's way in, and tell us to just deal with it.  Being a Gordon story "which I love", we get a feeling very reminiscent of Batman: Year One, but different enough to not feel like a rehash.  With Layman's Detective run coming to an end, I really hate to have a tie-in interrupt what could have been, but this was a good issue, and I'm glad we got to see it.  So go check it out and bask in the story telling of John Layman while we still have it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Nov 8, 2013

    Layman crafts a decent police corruption tale that gets by on the strength of its narration. Objectively there are problems with both stories, but that mattered very little to me when I put the issue down. The noir-inspired feel of the piece and clever use of Gotham history make this a fun issue and a fine return to form after the middle-of-the-road Wrath arc. I missed you, Layman. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Nov 6, 2013

    Artist Jason Fabok does an exceptional job with what he's given here. Everything is exciting, well laid out and flows nicely. The fact that it's a bit of a stifling comic (with limited action and mostly narration), yet still interesting to look at means extra kudos to Fabok. And again, I really dig how he draws rain scenes. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Nov 7, 2013

    Detective Comics #25 isn't reinventing the wheel with this entry into Zero Year, but it is an inoffensive starting point for those would-be Gordon fans. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Nov 11, 2013

    Mandatory tie-in issues to line-wide events can feel forced, and this is the case for "Detective Comics" #25. The "Zero Year" tie-in story is heavy-handed and too pat in its fable-like morality and mechanics, especially side by side with a stronger backup story set in the present day. Read Full Review

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