Detective Comics #48

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi Artist: Marcio Takara Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 6, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 8
7.9Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

In the wake of the Robin War and globe-hopping with the Justice League, Jim Gordon is looking forward to getting back to what he, and Batman, do best: taking out crime in Gotham City. But lurking in the shadows at home is a case from Jims past that may decide the future of Batman.

  • 9.5
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Jan 7, 2016

    Everyone involved in the execution of this issue brought their “A ” game and more. This is exactly the kind of thing I've been wanting to see from this title for awhile now. Tomasi presents a truly riveting and terrifying villain who I imagine will be hard for some people to put from their minds. He also delivers a Gordon who feels more Gordon-like than he has felt in some time. Meanwhile, Pasarin and team deliver highly detailed and exceptionally atmospheric work that fully captures the Gotham feeling while simultaneously presenting the new villain in the “best possible light”. I can't say enough good things about this issue. Seriously looking forward to the next installment! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Jan 6, 2016

    This is a solid issue largely due to a creepy villain and a story that focuses on Gordon actually being Batman as opposed to trying to be Batman. Read Full Review

  • 8.5 - John McCubbin Jan 8, 2016

    Detective Comics #48 marks the start of a brand new story for the current Dark Knight, with there being plenty of mystery to explore. The creative team also give us a juicy murder for Gordon to investigate, as his skills as Batman are put to the test. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Corbin Pool Jan 6, 2016

    Closing thoughts –I really enjoyed this issue. Tomasi has such a good grip on the family aspect, and Gordon is a good character to use that on. Also the more grounded aspect of this comic was a welcome improvement over his last installment. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jan 12, 2016

    This was a crazy, insane beginning to this arc, but it also happened to be a very intriguing mystery. I have no idea what's going on, but to Tomasi's credit, I really want to figure it all out. The story and art do a great job in giving the reader a moody and creepy story that I hope is the setup to something special. I guess we'll just have to wait and see. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Jan 27, 2016

    “Blood of Heroes” is a good, solid and entertaining read. It has its elements of intense action, but here we see Jim's detective skills at work and its almost flawless. In some scenes Jim reminds you of “our” Batman and Tomasi does a good job of showing us that. The supporting cast of Barbara and Harvey don't feel rushed in or forced in this issue and its good seeing Jim interact with the people before he put on the cowl. I'm not big on admitting when I'm wrong but yea– I was wrong…each issue Jim gets more awesome! Buy the book! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Nat Brehmer Jan 8, 2016

    The best part is how Gordon changes the dynamic of the whole series by stepping into the role of Batman. It's becoming a cop show, for all intents and purposes. Some issues have tried to touch on that, some issues have tried to prevent that, but I really think it should be embraced. That's what's going to make Gordon's time in the suit stand out. If he makes for a different Batman, he makes for a memorable Batman. I think Detective Comics #48 was definitely a step in the right direction on that front. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jan 11, 2016

    And that's a huge benefit to this book, which is otherwise feeling a little toothless compared to its sister titles, which have far stronger premises and points of view. Detective Comics can be a double-edged sword in its current incarnation " it provides an easy, continuity-free entre for readers, but only if the high concept of the story is strong enough to support it. Right now, this is a surprising whiff of the ball by Tomasi, who typically has much moodier, much more chilling premises in his work. That said, it's understandable " Tomasi is basically running in place until the main Batman title makes a strong move, and even the most steadfast of team players can sometimes come up short. Hopefully this is just a hiccup, and Pasarin can work with Tomasi on another story that is more worth his time. Read Full Review

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