Detective Comics #4

Writer: Tony Daniel Artist: Tony Daniel Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 7, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 4
7.0Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

As Batman uncovers a deranged plot with far-reaching tentacles that touch some of the city's most elite citizens, he finds himself facing off against his newest and most fearsome foes: Dollmaker and his twisted family of killers!

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Dec 12, 2011

    He really gets Batman more than most and draws him in a way that makes me think, “Now, this is the Dark Knight”. The page layouts are fantastic and portrayed intense action. This twisted and terrifying adaptation of Gotham City makes you wonder if it's even worth saving. The Dollmaker is a horrifying villain who has made an indelible impression with the caped crusader. The Joker's face, which was cut off by the Dollmaker in the first issue, becomes a point of interest and one of Batman's most popular foes plays his hand in this wicked game of puppet master. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Erik Norris Dec 7, 2011

    As I've mentioned previously, I wasn't really expecting a whole lot from Tony Daniel's Detective Comics when the series was first announced. That was clearly ignorant of me. There are a lot of different Batman books currently hitting store shelves, and Daniel has somehow managed to make his series feel unique. That's no small feat when you're going up against the likes of Scott Snyder and Peter Tomasi, to name but a few. Now I'm interested to see where this series goes from here, and that's a feeling I never thought I'd have four months ago. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Dec 13, 2011

    Detective Comics is quickly paced, lean and mean. Tony Daniel's artwork sends shivers up the spine, and I'm not even all that keen with the length of Batman's ears. Too short, yet there's no doubt in my mind that every scene depicts Batman at his best. Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    Outer Realm Comics - dave v Jan 5, 2012

    Cover: 3 out of 5: The cover does not look that bad, i love the puppet master idea behind it, "who is really pulling the strings," great concept and very well drawn. Two things i dislike, the first is Batmans cape. I think Todd Mcfarlane needs to do a how to draw a cape lesson for a few folks at DC comics. If you have ever seen his Spawn cape, you'll know what i mean. The second gripe i have is the logo behind the "Batman: Detective Comics." It looks very out of place and takes away from the pick. get rid of the bat symbol and just leave the title and i think it would've been far more striking a cover. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Kirby Dec 8, 2011

    The end of the book does do one thing right, it wraps the story back around to the Joker's skinned face currently being held at GCPD HQ. That first issue was great and the Dollmaker arc had me ramped up to see everything play out. Well, it turns out this arc was just a red herring to the story we wanted to see. The basic structure of this series is still strong and effective but they needed to slow it down a bit and finish this arc in the next issue. It wouldn't have felt dragged out if all the elements present here remained, this book is just too rushed for its 20 page limitation despite the solid storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Dec 8, 2011

    As a whole, I'd say that this 4-part story started out strong, but gradually waned and became more and more illogical to the point that it wasn't enjoyable and I just wanted to get it over with. Well, now it's over and Batman is going after The Penguin. I only hope that the Penguin we get is half as bad ass as the one in Hurwitz's “Penguin: Pain & Prejudice”. Read Full Review

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