Detective Comics #32

Detective Comics #32

Writer: Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato Artist: Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 11, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 9
8.8Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

The next great Batman murder-mystery continues to unfold in Icarus part three, brought to you by the acclaimed creative team of THE FLASH! Batman is caught in the clutches of the crime boss known as The Squid as he digs deeper into a whodunit for the ages!This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jun 11, 2014

    If youre looking for some detective action, DETECTIVE COMICS is now living up to its name. Batman is the Worlds Greatest Detective so it makes perfect sense for Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato to place an emphasis on this. Seeing Batman and Harvey Bullock, separately, investigate a murder is intriguing. Were seeing more pieces of the puzzle revealed but theres still plenty of mystery to unravel. Manapul and Buccellatos art and colors continue to amaze. Not only is this a great story but its accompanied by gorgeous artwork. If youre not reading DETECTIVE COMICS, you need to fix that now. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Jake Baumgart Jun 16, 2014

    It's a rare feeling when you're only three issues deep into a new arc and you know it's going to be amazing. Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato are a rarity on DC titles. They are a perfect team that elevates a time-tested character, like Batman, from monthly serials into a true experience. The storytellers are in complete control of their craft: narrative, artwork, and legacy. They are leaving their mark on Batman. In Detective Comics #32, Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato establish Batman as the great detective in the forefront of a vibrant and destructively beautiful Gotham City. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Infinite Comix - Jacob Torres Jun 13, 2014

    Manapul's art is nothing short of stunning. There are a million things that could be said about it, but the art truly speaks for itself. Pairing the art with Brian Buccellato's rich color palette, which utilizes a variety of blues and purples, dares readers to allow a page go by without admiring its beauty. The art is vibrant, smooth, and worth the price of admission alone. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Sam Kittrel Jun 12, 2014

    DETECTIVE COMICS #32 is finding bat legs in your calamari, and deciding to eat it anyway. That's a fish joke, because there's a bat-squid fight. That's all I got. I'm hoping that Buccellato and Manapul can continue to pull off more issues like this. There was certainly never any massive problems in The Flash under the team there to undermine the book's core character at all; and while talking with Manapul briefly he seemed to be the kind of guy who genuinely enjoys Batman and knew what he wanted to see out of the character. The World's Greatest Detective is currently in a pair of incredibly able hands; and I'm very excited to see the places they decide to take him. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Geeked Out Nation - John Tuppen Jun 11, 2014

    Those are but minor complaints and overall Detective Comics #32 is the second issue in a row where Manapul and Buccellato have completely delivered in all areas. Together they are weaving acompelling story here that may just have the potential to join the pantheon of Batman classics when Icarus sees its eventual trade release. It's a must buy " and that's before Batman gets into a one on one fight with a Giant Squid. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Jess Camacho Jun 12, 2014

    Thanks to the incredibly talented team of Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul we now have another fantastic Batman book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Jun 11, 2014

    Detective Comics #32 is the third part of a story so, being a middle chapter of a story, it does suffer from a lack of conclusion but this is a very minor factor when judging this comic. The artwork is simply fantastic and these storytellers are on fire. I was worried how their unique style would transfer to Gotham after defining The Flash in the New 52, but all those fears are long gone. Manapul and Buccellato are killing it and I can't wait for the fourth chapter of Icarus, if for no other reason than to see how the final page of this issue shakes out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Dodge Jun 13, 2014

    An old fashioned, but not repetitive, detective story and beautiful art ensure that the Buccellato/Manapul run on "Detective Comics" will stand out among the plethora of Bat-books. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jun 13, 2014

    Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato continue to redefine Detective Comics, and they're starting to make the case that this should be the only Batman book you're reading. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - F.D. White Jun 11, 2014

    Yes, this is a series that reminds me of silver age escapades, but revitalized under a darker and modern tone. This style suits the book well because even as outlandish as it all seems it is tightly conveyed as street level. The criminals are gangs in drug war, not the Riddler creating an apocalyptic wasteland. Batman still struggles. It reminds us that Batman is human under the mask. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jun 18, 2014

    Although neither the Squid nor the biker gang pose much of a threat, the mystery of Icarus continues to allude both Batman and Bullock as the new creative team provides another beautifully-illustrated issue of a Batman comic I'm really enjoying. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopMatters - Gregory L. Reece Jun 17, 2014

    Manupal and Buccellato allow the damp decay of Gotham City to permeate every panel in this third installment in their "Icarus" storyline. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Jun 11, 2014

    Would I prefer the threat of this storyline to be more pressing and well defined? Sure. But the thing to remember is that Batman is character whose stories can vary in scale very drastically. This type of street level story that "Icarus" is turning out to be, is just as valid of a Batman story as is Batman being sent back through time being chased by some Darkseid monster which possesses a distant ancestor who--you know what, it's known. Manapul and Buccellato have set out to tell a very distinct type of Batman story, and not only do they do it well, but they do it with some of the most stunning art of any comic on the stands at the moment.  Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Dan Leicht Jun 11, 2014

    With both Manapul and Buccellato on storytelling were given a story with a lot of different pieces fitting together. The storyline of Icarus has, thus far, been compelling and leaves Gotham open for even more trouble. If youre looking to jump in, this is only part three so grab onto issues #30 and #31 along with this next time youre in your local comic shop (and bask in all its glory). Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jun 15, 2014

    While I'm not sure about how the story is working overall I do have to compliment the creators for the beauty of this book.  It's really something to look at, and is something that should carefully be eyeballed every time you turn the page.  But the story seems a little too convenient at times, and almost laughingly cliche.  Now I'm not going to fault the writing for this, because Batman even makes mention of it, but it really caught me off guard.  Even with my gripes though this is a fun book to read, and is really Bullock filled for those of you missing this curmudgeon of a character.  Go check it out. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Jun 14, 2014

    It's a messy issue and not a particularly crucial one, but you can't deny that's it's a smart and charming concept with some incredible art. With this third chapter it's starting to become clear what kind of run Manapul and Buccellato are trying to craft on Detective Comics. This issue probably offers the best look at the strengths and weaknesses that the pair bring to the table but while the art is incredible and that one scene of Bullock deserves endless rounds on the internet, I can't recommend this one unless you've loved the previous issues or can justify the purchase on the sheer beauty of the artwork. Read Full Review

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