Detective Comics #31

Writer: Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato Artist: Francis Manapul Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 7, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 8
8.5Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

Death comes to Wayne Manor and the number one suspect is Bruce Wayne! In order to solve this mystery, Batmans investigations will lead him to the mysterious man known as Sumo!

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring May 7, 2014

    DETECTIVE COMICS #31 is smart, fun, and very open to new readership, even though it's two issues into this story. Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul are truly crafting their own version of Batman in an exciting way which doesn't alienate its readers. The art is beautiful here and the colors are brilliant. It gives readers a great feel for the world of Gotham. Jump on this book if you've been missing the "detective" part of DETECTIVE COMICS. I highly recommend this issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Gregg Hamm May 8, 2014

    This issue did a great job of keeping the momentum from Icarus: Part one. This creative team has once again delivered a solid issue that showcases Batman using all of his incredibly intricate detective skills. If youre not reading this series because you were unsure of the new creative team rest assured that this book is in good hands. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Andy Hamilton May 10, 2014

    “Icarus” is shaping up to be one of the great tales of Batman lore and seems to be well on its way to joining Scott Snyder's “Black Mirror” as one of the best runs on Detective Comics in recent memory. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran May 12, 2014

    This is all a very long-winded way of saying that with Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato taking over with Issue #30, Detective Comics has felt special again. It's felt like a comic that is slowly starting to earn back its legacy, and Issue #31 does not slow down this momentum. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - David Staniusz May 9, 2014

    Detective comics under the new creative team is thus far a home run, and the future is bright for this book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain May 9, 2014

    Last month I mentioned that the cover to Detective Comics #30 was one of the trippiest I've seen ever for a Batman comic, and I thought that it couldn't be topped. Then I saw the cover for this morning, and my jaw dropped, because top themselves the creators did. Francis Manapul has turned out a stunning over here, make no mistake and it quite nicely represents what happens in the comic later on, just as what happened with the previous issue. Nice bit of foreshadowing and hint-dropping. And I mean, just look at the colour gradient down the cover. Excellent, excellent stuff. Doesn't get better than this, not at all. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - fdwhite May 7, 2014

    This issue really has it all for a Bat-fan: street level Gotham crime, actual detective work, close quarters combat, and an intriguing mystery. Let’s just hope that this series doesn’t try fly too close to the sun. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea May 13, 2014

    Like I said in the review this is actually a detective story, and this story arc is a great place for Batman fans who have missed this aspect of the Caped Crusader in other comics.  Manapul and Buccellato are really cementing their roles as creators that can do anything after moving from the lighthearted world of The Flash to the dark and gritty of Detective Comics, and I really can't wait to see what they'll continue to bring us in the future.  Great characters, story, and art.  It's the trifecta for great comics, and you should be reading it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Infinite Comix - Jacob Torres May 10, 2014

    From the beautiful cover, which features a striking use of negative space, to the twisted and splatter-filled finale panel,Detective Comics #31 is a visual feast. Francis Manapul's art is nothing short of stellar. While the color palette is a tad darker and softer than the previous issue, there are some bright blues and plenty of vivid orange/reds in the second half that almost burst off the page. The pages are smooth, clean, and vibrant in a way the even the gritty and dirty pages manage to have a fresh, clean feel. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry May 9, 2014

    It's shaping up to be the best arc that the New 52 serieshas had yet. Manapul & Buccellato are putting the detective back in Detective Comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Nerds Unchained - Michael Bowie May 10, 2014

    This is a very solid issue and continues to build on my hope from last month by actually having the Worlds Greatest Detective spend a reasonable amount of the story doing in the field (not the Batcave) detective work. Add to that the very sparse amount of new information revealed about Icarus, an intriguing subplot that no doubt will come crashing to the fore before long and a last page that had me asking Is that someone significant or just a failed experiment, and you have the makings of a very interesting Batman mystery story. And its all because Bruce Wayne wanted to build Gotham City into a nicer place. Go figure. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Fanboys Inc - Asaph Bitner May 9, 2014

    "Detective Comics #31" is a good, engaging issue of this crime-mystery arc, which keeps the Batman sharp and tempered. The setting of Gotham is well-established, with the art giving us a different feel than the usual dark depiction of Bruce Wayne's home city. As Batman gets closer to the truth, so do we, with a good balance of revelations and hidden information keeping us interested but not frustrated. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon May 8, 2014

    Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato up the ante in their second issue of Detective Comics in terms of both art and storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Latest Pull - Cory Robinson May 14, 2014

    It does, however, take some time for the creative team to establish their ideas and direction of the book. The dynamic between Bruce Wayne and Harvey Bullock could have used a little bit more explaining. Manapul and Buccellato are still fresh to the streets of Gotham, and I fully expect this series to improve as the writers settle in. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers May 7, 2014

    Would it really be a surprise to say that this book has easily become one of DC's best looking titles? Not really, but it's true. The art is spectacular, and the colors are eclipsing this team's work on The Flash, in my book. Like FCO on Batman, Buccellato isn't afraid to use colors we don't really see in Gotham a lot... like pink, orange, magenta. There's a way to make Gotham look colorful, but still hold that certain darkness, and this book does it perfectly. On the writing side of things, the story has begun to get it's footing and have a consistent flow, and it's turning out to be a pretty interesting mystery so far. So, we got fantastic art, and a story that's picking up pretty nicely? Hard to go wrong with Detective Comics at this point. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma May 8, 2014

    If writing is all that matters to you, Detective #31 is a decent issue, with some great atmosphere and wonderful, if inconsistent, ideas at play, but for most of us, that art is going to affect your decision. Buccellato and Manapul's work is beautiful enough to passively marvel at, but full of enough craft to satisfy the art loving reader. It's a step up from last issue and evidence that Manapul and Buccellato have things to say with this book, but the investigation will have to continue next month before the extent of their talents becomes clear. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Tyler Goulet May 9, 2014

    If you like Batman (and who doesnt?) and you like great art, great writing and one team (as opposed to those books that have 14 inkers, 6 pencilers and 3 colorists) on a book for a complete, constant look and feel than Detective Comics is for you. Hell, youd be considered weird if for some reason all those reasons didnt make you pick this book up. So, if youre not, rectify that immediately because this has very quickly become one of the best books DC is putting out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore May 9, 2014

    This is the book in the Bat-line that most appeals to me a a reader, and I'm glad there is a book like this in the line right now. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Mike Logsdon May 8, 2014

    The new creative team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato continue with strong character work and a mystery that is growing deeper the more that Bullock and the Dark Knight himself start to dig. There is clearly more to this story than what meets the eye, but what we have been presented with so far continues to be illustrated with beautiful character work and innovative layouts. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp May 14, 2014

    Focusing on the detective work of both Batman and Bullock separately as the Dark Knight hears the first mention of “The Squid,” while also throwing in some action and beautiful visuals, DC may have finally put together a creative team to consistently sell me on a Bat-book that doesn't star Scooby-Doo. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Following The Nerd - Sarah Barclay May 10, 2014

    So while potentially not as fast-paced as the first chapter of this story, I find this title still in the most capable creative team it could have. Not only do they carry the story nicely, but they continue to add to the mystery. What's going on with Elena's daughter anyway? Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza May 9, 2014

    Buccellato and Manapul have already made their mark on "Detective Comics," expanding the world around the Dark Knight, if even by just a little bit. Icarus may not have the overall, lasting impact that Venom has made on Gotham City, but coupled with the addition of Sumo, the bureaucratic snafu surrounding Bruce Wayne's waterfront project and the distraction brought about by the discovery of human trafficking, Batman has plenty of work ahead of him and Buccellato and Manapul have plenty of ideas for "Detective Comics." Their run is still young enough for readers to join in and in they continue to provide readers with issues like this, the duo is more than happy to welcome them in. Read Full Review

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