Detective Comics #50

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi Artist: Matt Ryan, Fernando Pasarin Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 9, 2016 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 7
7.6Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

Jim Gordon faces his past in this extra-sized conclusion to his most shocking cold case yet. With history itself forcing him to reflect on the last year as Batman, Gordon must make a decision about what his future holds in Gotham City.This issue features open-to-order variant covers that will ship in opaque polybags.

  • 10
    AIPT - David Brooke Mar 9, 2016

    Jim Gordon proves he deserves to be called Gotham's Dark Knight as a solid detective story comes to a close. Plus there's a gorgeous backup story that delivers 13 pinups and a fun story highlighting the weirdness of Batman bad guys. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Mar 9, 2016

    The supplemental material, which I mentioned earlier, comes in the form of a backup story written by Tomasi and illustrated by a variety of artists. It's pretty cool and sees Bruce Wayne's Batman guide us through some strange cases captured in pinup style fashion that pay homage to a number of classic‘Teccovers. It was a fitting way to close this momentous issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Karcossa Mar 13, 2016

    I hope that we get to see more of this type of story featuringJim Gordon asBatman without the mech-suit before Bruce returnsbecause the past three issues wereso much more interesting than themech-suit issues that preceded them. If you were on the fence aboutBat-Gordon before, thenDetective Comics #50may just leave you a fan of the latest man to wear the cowl. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - John McCubbin Mar 9, 2016

    Detective Comics #50 may not be the most elaborate of celebratory issues, but it does do a fabulous job of bringing “The Bronze Age” story arc to a fitting conclusion. It also gave us a quirky back-story that allowed several artists to pay tribute to some of the more classic Detective Comics covers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Levi Hunt Mar 10, 2016

    This is a entertaining and well done Batman arc from top to bottom. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Mr. H Mar 10, 2016

    It's not what I expected from one of Jim Gordon's last outings as Batman but thankfully that's only this title. (The big conclusion in this months Batman #50 promises to be totally epic)Peter J. Tomasi is usually so good at character developments but this one missed the bulls-eye with a dull Batarang. Now we all know that Bruce is coming back imminently and the company wide "Rebirth" is set to rock some of our favorite titles, but I wouldn't be opposed to a more down to Earth title with Jim Gordon and Bullock investigating street level crimes. Here's to hoping the next team puts the "detective" back in Detective Comics. On the plus side that cover is fantastic. Till next time, happy sleuthing everyone! Read Full Review

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

    Tomasi, Pasarin, and Takara give us a great story in “Martyrs and Madmen”. The series as a whole is a great read and if you were ever not sold on Gordon as Batman this series will definitely make you change your mind. I'm now eager to see where else if possible could Gordon go with his role as the Bat. If you were ever unsure about Gordon bearing the Bat-symbol I suggest you read Detective Comics #50!!! You'll change your mind! Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    FanboyNation - R.C. Samo Mar 9, 2016

    We are glad this arc is coming to an end and welcome home Bruce Wayne. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Mar 11, 2016

    The ending was far too simple for all the incredible setup we were given. It devolves into nothing more than fisticuffs with no real meaning or explanation. As it stands, it's hardly terrible, but it could have been so much more. The real surprise here was the back-up story that had me grinning from ear to ear. So while I can't really give the ending of the main story my seal of approval, the backup was awesome! Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Keith Dooley Mar 11, 2016

    Although only the most diehard of Bat-readers will enjoy the main story, this issue is essential to tying up the story in a too-neat way. There could have been a more satisfying ending regarding the villain, yet Tomasi, Pasarin, and Eaton gave us a solid, yet at times uninspired, finale. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Comicsverse - Sean Bartley Mar 16, 2016

    DETECTIVE COMICS #50 reads like an average, forgettable Batman story. It isn't bad, but the villain's hokey dialogue and some incredible conveniences take away from the otherwise-solid tale Tomasi tells here. It's a bit disappointing given that what works here is really good and could have resulted in a great Jim-Bat story that's removed from the wider story that Snyder is telling, similar to what Snyder himself did with Dick Grayson when he stood in for Bruce. This is a book that's carried by its art, both in the main story and the tribute afterwards. Not exactly what you'd expect for a “landmark” issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Corbin Pool Mar 9, 2016

    To be honest, at first I was kind of upset about the secondary story in this comic. It didn't add anything to" well, anything. I felt kinda like I got ripped off" DC did charge us extra on this comic. But then I got to the end and realized each of those single page spreads were updated takes on past covers from Detective Comics. And that was a much cooler idea than any story most of these other #50 issues this month will do. So although I didn't like it at first, the idea grew on me, and I liked looking at all those different artists doing their thing on each of those pages. And honestly, a celebration like this is much more memorable, and will leave me something I'll want to go back and look at again later. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Mar 14, 2016

    The second and shorter part of this issue is called the "11 Curious Cases of Batman" and has eleven different pin-ups that tell a story referencing eleven covers from Detective Comics' past like issue 50, Norm Breyfogle's cover from 602, and Michael Kaluta's cover from 427. I loved the art and was able to pick out each of the covers it was referencing, but I also felt there could have been more information as to why these particular covers were chosen. Why, for example, was Frazer Irving drawing a recreation of Detective Comics number 70? A bit more context would have been appreciated even though I loved the story and the idea to use these covers to tell a story. I'm now curious to see if this is happening across all the other "50th issues", because if so, I'd be more inclined to pick them up and see what other artists have come up with to pay homage to these character's past. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Mar 10, 2016

    I really want to tell you how much I loved this issue, but I can't.  While I enjoyed the horror tone and the buildup from the mystery and the slow, deliberate pacing, the ending just wasn't there.  Again, I hope we get a little something next month, but I'm not so sure.  As an issue, this was good, but as an over sized milestone, it was bit lacking. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Brett I Mar 10, 2016

    Detective Comics 50 embodied the overall feel of the Batman books that arent the ones in the headlines. While the stories are always solid, they wont blow anyone away. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Mar 10, 2016

    Other lapses in the issue include some hokey dialogue in Tomasi's main story and a rather stilted ending that tries too hard to be cute and instead falls flat, despite an attractive story-ending splash by the art team. "Detective Comics" #50 isn't all that much of a landmark issue, and there's certainly no landmark story to support it; its strengths lie in the art, which makes the issue a lot more fun to look at than it is to read. Read Full Review

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