Detective Comics #27

8.5Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

DC Entertainment presents this mega-sized issue featuring an all-star roster of Batman creators past and present!
Don't miss a modern-day retelling of The Dark Knight's origin by the incredible team of writer Brad Meltzer and artist Bryan Hitch! Plus, all-new stories by Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy, Peter J. Tomasi and Guillem March, Paul Dini and Dustin Nguyen, Gregg Hurwitz and Neal Adams and more!
Also in this issue, John Layman and Jason Fabok kick off the new storyline "GOTHTOPIA"! It's a bright, shiny, happy place where dreams come long as you don't look at things too closely.
This issue is also offered as a combo more

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Tyler McGoff Jan 14, 2014

    Detective Comics #27 is the closest to a perfect comic book thats been seen in The New 52. For anyone who likes Batman, this is an entertaining and engrossing read that pays tribute to what has come before but also looks ahead to what may come in the future. Whether you like your Batman with some vintage style and a healthy dose of camp, or dark and gritty with a hint of menace, theres a Batman story for everyone in this book. These creators tell stories with suspense, action, excitement, humor, intrigue, and most importantly, heart. Detective Comics #27 is one of the best comic books this reviewer has ever read. Heres hoping to another 75 years of Batman! Happy birthday, Bruce. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Jan 9, 2014

    I had a number nitpicks here and there and there were some stories that didn't quite seem to fit, but by the end there was just way too much good not to give it anything less than the highest score I have. The re-read value on this comic is incredibly high and I think this is something that every Batman fan should pick up. It offers a lot of material worth discussing. Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Jan 9, 2014

    This may be a long review, but this is an iconic issue and each narrative merits some attention. With so many Batman homage, references and Easter eggs, one can tell this book was crafted by people who truly care about the character and his mythos. Also worth mentioning is the great pinup art within the comic from various artists such as Kelly Jones, Graham Nolan and, my personal favorite, Jock. Detective Comics #27 is a must-buy! You know what,buy two copies, one to read and another to keep protected because this is one you will want to hold on to and re-read. Heres to adding another 75 years to the Dark Knight legend! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Following The Nerd - Jake Tanner Jan 12, 2014

    Wow what a book! The price tag is hefty at $7.99 and it would've been easy for this issue to fall flat on it's face with so many creative teams on it, but it works perfectly at being exactly what it's supposed to; an ode to the Batman. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Jan 8, 2014

     While renumbering titles like Detective and Batman was almost a shock back when it happened, you can't argue with the results found here. This issue is just a great celebration of Batman, where he's been, where he is, and where he'll go, all put together by some of the best in the industry. If cool anniversary style stories wasn't enough, we also get a 27 page debut of the next regular story arc in Gothtopia, which is all sorts of weird and crazy, a fitting end to Layman's run on the title. If you like Batman, you need this book, without a doubt. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Rhymes With Geek - : Josh RyeFleur Jan 11, 2014

    It is a testament to the character that writers are able to portray so many different moods and incarnation of 'Batman' in a single issue while still all managing to pay homage to the initial debut back in 1939. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - Guilherme Jacobs Jan 8, 2014

    Detective Comics #27 is all bat-fans could want, some stories could have gone further, but in the end, this is still an issue with amazing creators doing great work with one of the best, if not the very best, character created in comic book history. It's obvious that everyone here loves Batman, and want to share that love with the world. Frankly, is there much else we could ask? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Jan 8, 2014

    Detective Comics #27 pays homage to the greatest superhero of all time (yeah, I said it). Sure, the price tag is a little goofy, but with so much talent, DC gets a slide. Most importantly, Detective Comics #27 shows that even after three quarters of a century, the Dark Knight’s adventures or just beginning. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Gavin Craig Jan 9, 2014

    History, impact, a few extra pages, and most important of all, outstanding content. Yes, it seems that DC really can learn, and deliver a celebration worthy of the event. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Jan 9, 2014

    To round out the page count, there are pinups throughout featuring the work of even more artists like Mike Allred, Kelley Jones, and Graham Nolan. If there's any criticism that can be aimed at this comic at all, it's that it doesn't contain more features from the character's older, classic creators. Regardless, group editor Mike Marts and associate editor Katie Kubert have lined up an amazing array on entries that truly do honor such an enduring franchise, and is well worth the eight dollar price tag. This is one of the best ever anniversary issues of its kind. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell Jan 9, 2014

    As comic fans we shell out money for anniversary issues and the like all the time, but Detective Comics #27 is one you will not regret. 96 pages for the cost essentially 2 comics isn't a bad price considering everything that's included. If you're a Batman fan this is a no brainer. It's really good even if you're not a bat-maniac. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Daniel Kalban Jan 9, 2014

    Layman immediately shows us how different this "Gothtopia" is from the start. And it just keeps getting creepier as we see the cracks in this utopia begin to appear. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Geeked Out Nation - Philip Suson Jan 8, 2014

    This is a great comic for any fan of Batman and for people who want to dig in on the history. It deals with a lot of what makes Batman, Batman. Be sure to pick up Detective Comics #27 now and add it to your collection. It is currently available where all comic books are sold, digitally and through trade paperback. What are your thoughts on this issue? Did you enjoy it? Comment below. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Nerds On The Rocks - Josh Raj Jan 8, 2014

    Overall, Detective Comics #27 (the issue that isn't worth a couple million dollars) is an enjoyable issue for any Batman fan. The $7.99 price tag may cause several people to avoid the issue, but still should be borrowed just to enjoy this special moment in Batman history. There are some very fun and exciting stories and well as some touching moments. Long Live Batman! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Nerds Unchained - David Staniusz Jan 11, 2014

    Fans of Batman should not fret over this because this is a great homage to the character and is a nice display of the man stories Batman can take. Even for fans who are not quite as dedicated to the Dark Knight, will still be able to enjoy this issue because it is still a very good issue overall with great stories. Readers should be cautioned though about the price, which can sneak up on you. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Jan 9, 2014

    Overall, Detective Comics #27 is a wonderful anniversary issue unlike #900 from last year. It gives us new takes on our classic hero, and it's definitely a book worth buying. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Dodge Jan 9, 2014

    While one or two stories fall flat, the rest are great and do an amazing job honoring Batman and everything the character has stood for throughout the past 75 years. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Jan 13, 2014

    Overall, the issue is a celebration and comes off as such with an amazing line-up of creators. You can see why he's so popular and with so many versions shown of him, he really is a character that can fit any age and time. This is a definite buy for fans of Batman and worth checking out if you just want to dive in and check him out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Jan 8, 2014

    On the whole, I would characterize the issue as delivering a somewhat inconsistent reading experience that has some real high marks. Although some of the stories were especially strong, others seemed to fall short of the sort of compelling and exciting story one would expect for such a momentous anniversary issue particularly with the rather lackluster opening. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Jan 15, 2014

    Overall this was a very fitting tribute issue and well worth the money. The stories were all interesting and exciting with the main story “Gothtopia” being the perfect start to Layman and Fabok's final arc. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jan 8, 2014

    It's DETECTIVE COMICS #27. You almost owe it to yourself to pick it up if you're a Batman fan. A milestone/celebration like this doesn't happen often. Unfortunately while there were some really great stories with fantastic art, some of the others felt unnecessary. Asking fans to pay eight dollars when we just had an over-sized issue with #19 is a bit much. Still, you'll want to check out what the different creators came up with. Some of the stories really shined and you won't want to miss them. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 8, 2014

    Unlike the previous Detective Comics anniversary issue, Detective Comics #27 pays proper hoamge to the Dark Knight. This issue packs in a diverse array of talent (if a little light on classic creators) for stories than run the gamut, stylistically and in terms of time period. The Gothopia segment is relatively underwhelming, but that shouldn't stop readers from checking out the fun batch of Bat-tales on offer here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jan 9, 2014

    Detective Comics #27 is a true celebration of the character and is definitely a great pick-up. You get ninety pages of story and there isn't a dud in the bunch. The long story from the main creative team feels slightly out of a place but the content of the story is of high quality. This is definitely something to check out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jan 9, 2014

    If you can get past the $7.99 price point, this is an anniversary issue that does justice to one of DC's most enduring creations. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Jan 10, 2014

    But is it worth the dough? For lifers like me, sure. For newcomers, probably not. And for lapsed fans who are questioning even the slightest detail of Bat history of DC Comics money-grabbing marketing ploys, absolutely not. Putting high profile names on a book like this was a must, but the price tag is obnoxious and downright shameful. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 Jan 10, 2014

    This is a very strong Batman anthology that has an interesting main story, and something interesting from all of your favorite creators. It reads like a really good Batman: Black and White issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Jan 9, 2014

    If you've always dreaded these sorts of issues, I'm not sure that the beginning of Gothtopia will be enough to justify the price of admission, but I can say that Meltzer, Tomasi, and Snyder turn in particularly impressive efforts that set this comic apart from its fellows. The art is varied and beautiful and the writers each have something to say about Batman's seventy-five years. If we have to have another Detective #27, this is a pretty fun one. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jan 14, 2014

    This giant sized issue was a lot of fun with all the else world Batman's, and what could eventually be Batman, we don't know.  The two that really stuck out for me was the beginning of Gothtopia, and The Sacrifice.  All in all a great set of stories, and a great beginning to the big Batman story arc, we'll be reading in the future.  Here's to another 75 years! Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AIPT - Gregory Paul Silber Jan 10, 2014

    Batman: Detective Comics #27 is far from perfect, but there's enough good stuff in here to justify the $7.99 price tag. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Jan 12, 2014

    Overall, I'm very disappointed with this story. The good parts were not enough to outweigh the bad, sadly. And it definitely is not worth the $7.99 price tag. Detective Comics #19 was a far better issue and celebration in pretty much every single way. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    PopMatters - Michael D. Stewart Jan 22, 2014

    All in all, Detective Comics volume 2, #27, is unremarkable. Given how much advance notice the publishers and editors at DC Comics had, readers should expect more and better. Certain stories are rather enjoyable, but taken as a whole the issue does not feel as if it will be remembered a year from now. That is a wasted opportunity. Read Full Review

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