Detective Comics #37

Writer: Brian Buccellato, Francis Manapul Artist: Francis Manapul Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 3, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 9
7.3Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato return and nows the time to take back Gotham City! Anarky now!This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Dec 9, 2014

    This is the issue that I've been waiting for.  I was not a fan of the last two issues of Detective while Manapul and Buccellato were taking a hiatus, but now that they're back on here, I'll be clutching the comic to my chest in love and respect for what I realized I was missing while they were gone.  This is just another fantastic story from these two and if you're not reading Detective Comics you're missing out.  Go get it! Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Nerds On The Rocks - Jonathan Schultz Dec 4, 2014

    Amazing artwork, good story. I'm looking forward to this new arc from a great creative team. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Dec 5, 2014

    Forget continuity, sit down, relax, and enjoy Bruce being a detective, hanging out with Alfred, beating up thugs in dark alleys… well being Batman! So far, we are still left guessing as to where this story is headed, but there are some great character moments and action scenes. I think it is a nice jumping on point for new readers. Relevant information is provided, character relationships and dynamics are well established, and I feel like it is a good sampling of everything that this team has come to be known for. Along with some great art! If you pick up this book and like what you see, you should be confident in the knowledge that you aren't just seeing the team on a good day, this is typically the level at which they work. If this arc can build momentum based on this intro, look forward to some 9 and 9.5 in the upcoming months. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Brian Bannen Dec 8, 2014

    Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul definitely show that they are a fantastic team. While Detective Comics is overwhelming with the dreariness of its story, it's also a well written comic that aids its story with even better visuals. At one point in the comic, Bullock says, "Something big is about to happen. I can feel it." When you read Detective Comics, you get the same feeling. Something large is at play, and while Scott Snyder has the other half of the Batman world covered, it's nice to know that a reader can pick up any Batman comic and be truly satisfied by the level of storytelling and art. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Dec 3, 2014

    Francis Manapul and Brian Bucellato have been missed and are making it up to us. With a new story arc beginning, we see the New 52 version of Anarky in town and he's not playing around. Batman will definitely have his hands full and hopefully will figure out how to get along with Harvey Bullock. The art and colors are as gorgeous as you'd expect. Manapul and Buccellato are great tour guides. Their work makes you want to visit Gotham City the way the depict it--even if there's people getting killed and buildings blowing up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Dec 16, 2014

    This issue definitely made me want to come back for the next part of the story, and was a very successful comic because of that. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Nerds Unchained - Michael Bowie Dec 6, 2014

    As I said, while this perhaps isnt a great issue itself, there is plenty here to foretell what has the potential to be a great story by the time its done. and it ends on a lovely little cliffhanger to make sure readers are left itching for the next installment. A cruel, yet brilliant device for this medium if ever there was one. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Dec 4, 2014

    Where the story falls flat in "Detective Comics" #37, the art thankfully elevates the comic. The writing could still use some work here, but it's hard to get too worked up when the art is just this amazing. Ultimately, as long as Manapul and Buccellato are drawing comics, I'll probably be there to see just how great the visuals are this time around. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Dec 15, 2014

    The method which the super-villain uses to turn the office building into a bomb works (at least for a Batman comic book), although we still don't know why he has chosen to target a building full of Bruce Wayne's employees or what Anarky's end game might be. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Dec 7, 2014

    Manapul and Buccellato's second arc opens stronger than their first one ended, but there are still some hiccups that are holding it back. The art is beautiful, of course, but this issue doesn't feel like it's taking full advantage of the artists' abilities. Manapul and Buccellato have some fantastic ideas for this title, but, as of yet, they're not coming through clearly enough. An intriguing return, but a flawed one. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Dec 7, 2014

    What bothers me most is that the task is undertaken by two storytellers who rely on more flash than substance. To own a piece of Manapul's work is always reason to spend $3.99, but the story he co-plots with writer Brian Buccellato indicates that the men are no closer to confidently tackling a satisfying Batman story than they were during their Icarus tale. They are more than capable of bringing a palpably visceral " albeit superficial " life to Batman's world (the art in this issue is beyond top-notch, and Manapul's Bruce Wayne is appropriately world-weary), but when it comes to igniting a fire fitting of the eponymous villain, Buccellato and Manapul are no Grant and Breyfogle. Read Full Review

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