Detective Comics #1000

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After 80 years, it's here-the 1,000th issue of DETECTIVE COMICS, the title that literally defines DC! This 96-page issue is stacked with an unbelievable lineup of talent that will take you on a journey through Batman's past, present and a sensational epilogue that features the first-ever DC Universe appearance of the deadly Arkham Knight! But who is under the mask? And why do they want Batman dead? The incredible future of Batman adventures begins here! Will have decade appropriate trade dressAfter 80 years, it's here-the 1,000th issue of DETECTIVE COMICS, the title that literally defines DC! This 96-page issue is stacked with a more

  • 10
    We Got This Covered - Eric Joseph Mar 27, 2019

    Detective Comics #1000 is about as perfect of a tribute to Batman and his 80-year history as you can get. In fact, it's so good that I may have to double dip and buy the commemorative hardcover this summer. Read Full Review

  • 10
    GWW - Dusty Good Mar 27, 2019

    If this comic accomplishes anything, it's that it is a reminder to all of us why we fell in love with the dark knight, to begin with. It reminds us of how long we have watched Batman protect the streets of Gotham. It is a love letter to everything good in comics and it is a sentiment that will carry this title through the next 1000 issues. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Corps - Pierre Arnette Mar 27, 2019

    Greg Capullo and company don't disappoint and only makes me want Last Knight on Earth even more. This team was a wise choice to start Detective Comics #1000 because they know the Batman better than most and pay a nice tribute to him in this fantastic short story. Read Full Review

  • 10 - Matthew Mueller Mar 27, 2019

    Whether you're a longtime fan or just getting to know the character, Detective Comics #1000 will not leave you disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Legion - Kevin Vilim Mar 27, 2019

    Cheers Batman! Here's to a thousand more! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Impulse Gamer - Jeremy Carr Mar 30, 2019

    I want to give a special thanks to DC Comics and all the writers and artists that pour their hearts and souls into this medium that I absolutely adore. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Mar 27, 2019

    Grabbing this was an obvious call, but it really delivers on all fronts for Batman fans of all ages. It's a tribute to one of the most endearing and popular characters in all of pop culture. Make sure to add this one to your collection. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Mar 27, 2019

    This is an anniversary issue that earns its place in history. DC really did an incredible job here and it shows on every page. This is one to savor. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Sirens of Sequentials - Jenn Marshall Apr 8, 2019

    Overall, Detective Comics #1000 was a lot of fun to read. The stories are all over Batmans timeline. You see him agonizing over whether or not to include Dick as Robin and sitting in a wheelchair at the end of his life being confronted by the Penguin. You have a story for everyone. Not to mention the covers. With a cover to represent each decade in Bat-history, it was hard to decide on just one to purchase. I ended up choosing the Frank Miller variant because Dark Knight Returns was the first Batman story I read. Even if you are not currently reading Detective Comics, this is a must-have issue for any Batman fan. Read Full Review

  • 10
    You Don't Read Comics - Rick Lopez Mar 27, 2019

    Detective Comics continues to reign as the premiere Bat-title currently on the market. This milestone issue gushes with the love and affinity that the creators feel for this character as a gift to the fans. Standing as the poster child for DC Comics, sorry Superman, this issue will hope to bring in longtime Batman fans that might be new to the actual comic book community and create new readers, even if just for more Batman titles. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Mar 27, 2019

    The only complaint I have about Detective Comics #1000 was that I didn't want it to end.Yes, folks. This one's a buyer… and a keeper. Read Full Review

  • 9.9
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Mar 27, 2019

    The issue culminates in a preview of what's to come for the Dark Knight when a new threat emerges that has studied his means, his methods, his philosophy and his mission. This new threat believes that Gotham deserves better and he is just the one to bring justice to the Batman. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn Mar 28, 2019

    Detective Comics #1000 is a powerful culmination of 80 years of storytelling, resulting in a resounding success for DC Comics that absolutely shouldn't be missed by any fan of The World's Greatest Detective! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Mar 27, 2019

    Detective Comics #1000 crams an incredible amount of Batman goodness into one comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    411Mania - Steve Gustafson Mar 28, 2019

    Trust me. This is one of those books that more than delivers in value for what you pay. Detective Comics #1000 is to be celebrated not just for attaining the #1000 landmark but also for being a fun, imaginative read about Batman. Find it at your local comic shop today! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    On Comics Ground - Travis Tucker Mar 27, 2019

    A collection of 11 stories from well-known writers and artists. Commemorating the 80 years of Detective Comics that gave us the caped crusader we love so much. Go pick up Detective Comic #1000 today! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Word Of The Nerd - Jordan Claes Dec 31, 1969

    Who is Batman? He's a detective, a warrior, father, and son. He's a hero, a dark knight; an agent of justice and an instrument of vengeance. He is all of these things and more. He means something different and is something different to each and every one of us. That's what I took away from Detective Comics #1000. It's a privilege seeing the most influential artists and writers telling their versions of what a Batman story should be; as a fan, it's really all you could ever ask for. So cheers to DC, cheers to Batman, and cheers to us, the forever citizens of Gotham City. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Mar 27, 2019

    Detective Comics #1000is a celebratory anthology that honors and pays tribute to the rich history of Batman, a pop-cultural icon; a worthwhile read for all, and a must-have for fans and long-time readers. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church Mar 28, 2019

    Detective Comics #1000 is a great celebration of Batman and how he has persisted throughout the years as one of the best superheroes in the world. The vast collection of writers and artists makes the $9.99 price tag more than worth it as they each tap into a different aspect of Batman's power and skills. There's something in here for every Batman fan, from those looking for more lighthearted fare in 'The Legend of Knute Brody' or 'The Precedent' to a darker, deeper examination of Batman in 'Manufactured for Use' or 'Return to Crime Alley'. Any Batman fan will be happy with the love and respect that is poured into this book for one of the best pop culture figures of our time. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Tony Hammack Mar 27, 2019

    There were many stories in this commemorative issue, but this issue highlights who Batman really is: he wishes there would be no more crime in Gotham, he is still scarred from his parents' deaths but we can see all the progress he has made, and he is thankful for his family. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Mar 28, 2019

    With that lineup of talent - and even at these prices ($9.99 for this massive comic) - this really is an outstanding issue, worth the cost of admission. Happy birthday, Bats! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - lizzylynngarcia Mar 27, 2019

    Overall, Detective Comics #1000is a fantastic anthology for both Batman and comic book fans that offers a wide array of stories. The 96-page book will set you back a $9.99 which is a tad more than a traditional comic but in my very biased Batman-fangirl opinion, it is well worth the cost. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Mar 27, 2019

    A good celebration of Batman with some fabulous detective stories hammering home the unique nature of this historic milestone. Read Full Review

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    Batman's Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Mar 27, 2019

    Detective Comics #1000 is a high-production celebratory jaunt. Like Action Comics #1000 before it, it checks most boxes for quintessential Bat-elements via narrative storytelling, rather than a dry history, tapping the greatest living Bat-creators to do it, with a few notable absences. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Mar 27, 2019

    While the introduction of a fan-favorite video game character winds up a surprising fizzle — in that regard, this does have a lot in common with the introduction of Rogol Zaar in Action #1000 — the rest of Detective Comics #1000 is more than worth your time and money. Stocked with all manner of veteran creatives and packed with classic, emotional, and highly entertaining Batman stories, this feels like a fitting celebration to the Caped Crusader. Exploring both the darkness and light of Batman, Detective Comics #1000 has something for every kind of Batman fan. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Mar 27, 2019

    With all that said, this book is a great starting point for the celebration of Batman's 80th. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Mar 27, 2019

    Overall, there are no bad stories in this volume and quite a few brilliant ones. A fitting tribute to eighty years of keeping Gotham safe. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo Mar 27, 2019

    After 80 years and (really more than) 1000 issues, Detective Comics proves its staying power by bringing together some of the most exciting Batman writers and artists of the last five decades (Adams, O'Neil, Tomasi, Capullo, King, Snyder, Lee, Dini, Nguyen, and more!) to craft their love-letters to the Dark Knight in all of his guises. There's a strong emphasis on character here and not so much on particular single villains overall, though Oswald Cobblepot and the League of Shadows get at least a little of the spotlight here. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Sequential Planet - Ethan Maddux Mar 27, 2019

    Detective Comics #1,000 is a wonderful celebration of Batman. Every story is worth reading, and the best of them will stick with you for a long time. Even those that are more forgettable offer something, whether it's a classic Batman artist or an interesting perspective. This issue works because it manages to be more than a number, it's a labor of love. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Mar 27, 2019

    The book ends with the opening chapter of what isto come in Detective Comics #1,001. Iunderstand that marketing demands a teaser to keep the readers interested, butI much would have preferred a self-contained issue, with the next 1,000 issuesbeginning next month. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Jacob Hill Mar 28, 2019

    If you want to celebrate 1,000 issues with a huge anthology, it's hard to do better than "Detective Comics" #1000. Read Full Review

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    Bounding Into Comics - Matt Johnson Mar 27, 2019

    Overall, this is a great issue. You get a lot of stories and the pin ups are lovely to look at as well as the overall art in the book. For its ten-dollar price tag, you're not going to find a much better deal. The covers all look pretty solid (I heard they're up to over sixty of them now, so I can't vouch for all of them) and there's a Batman story in here that will appeal to almost everybody, no matter what era you started reading the adventures of the caped crusader. Having been in the game since 1989, I can happily give this book a big thumbs up and hope to be around for another thousand issues! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Brendan Hodgdon Mar 29, 2019

    After last year's quality celebration of Superman's legacy with Action Comics #1000, the pressure was on for Batman's to be just as good. Thankfully Detective Comics #1000 has very much lived up to that example and provided a worthy testament to Batman's significance. This army of superstars has spun some lovely yarns about Gotham's protector, unafraid to acknowledge the tragedy and pain of Bruce's life but also eager to celebrate what makes him and his family special. It's as good a birthday card as Batman could have asked for. Here's to many more in the years ahead. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Comicsverse - Maite Molina Mar 27, 2019

    DETECTIVE COMICS #1000 features a diverse array of stories, some better than others. Ultimately though, the issue proves to be a wonderfully fitting tribute to the legendary Dark Knight himself and the evolution of his character over 80 years. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Eric Mitchell Mar 29, 2019

    With that being said, I absolutely love this book and I had a big smile on my face while reading it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Mar 27, 2019

    There's a lot to digest with this issue, and there a few really great stories along with some good ones. There are only a few that seemed a little odd or just didn't quite hit the mark for a celebration issue. It's a solid anniversary issue for celebrating the Dark Knight, but not perfect. However, “The Legend of Knute Brody” is worth the price of admission alone. There's a lot to enjoy, as well as different types of stories presenting something for everyone. And, “Medieval,” while not standing out by itself, does do a good job of whetting the appetite for the next arc in Detective Comics,which starts next month in issue #1001! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Mar 27, 2019

    Detective Comics #1000 is a very good celebration as Batman's most iconic comic book reaches a major milestone issue. Thanks to an extremely talented line-up of writers, artists, inkers and colorists there are many standout stories in which Batman fans will find great enjoyment from. This is very much a must have issue for anyone that is a Batman fan. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Apr 2, 2019

    Not quite as successful as Action Comics #1000, Detective Comics #1000 still delivers some strong Bat-tales (with a couple of clunkers thrown in) and plenty of great art featuring Gotham's hero and his supporting cast. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Mar 27, 2019

    The Arkham Knight has a rocky start but promising future in the DC Universe. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Joey Casco CSW/CSS Mar 27, 2019

    As a celebration of Detective Comics and of Batman himself, this is a good read.  The art is outstanding throughout and while not every story hits its mark, most get pretty darned close.  I think that everyone will be able to find something they love here and if that's enough for you, go grab a copy. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    thecomiccookebook Mar 27, 2019

    It's hard to review compilation issues like this but I was definitely overall pleased and didn't mind spending $13CAD on it. I knew nothing groundbreaking was going to happen but there were some great short stories that displayed why Batman has lasted for 80 years. My favorites were Kevin Smith, Geoff Johns and Paul Dini with least favorite being Dennis O'Neil, with the rest falling somewhere in between. All the art worked very well for me with the exception of Kelley Jones who hasn't aged well. I'd say its worth owning and I'm happy to have both Action and Dectective 1000 in my lifetime.

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  • 4.5
    myconius Mar 27, 2019

    THIS WAS NOT WORTH the $9.99!!!
    all that hype for nothing!

    i had such high hopes for this landmark issue, but it was truly disappointing.
    nice art, but the writing was either Bad or just 'Meh'.
    very standard and uninspired.

    New52's Detective comics #27 was much better than this.

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  • 9.0
    Linkush Mar 27, 2019

    It's finally here and I'm happy to say it's good.

    Today we celebrate 80 years for Batman, one of the most iconic characters of all time and I think this is a pretty good celebration. The stories were pretty good overall with Kevin Smith's one being my favorite. Another really good one was Tom King's Batman's Greatest Case, It was really heartwarming and the art was damn good. Overall, the art was Fantastic in all of them. Some better, some less, but all are pretty good. Scott Snyder and Paul Dini also had good stories so look out for them as well.

    I've got to add that I'm pretty hyped for the next issue, the part at the end with Arkham Knight was awesome and I can't wait to see what Tomasi will do with him


  • 6.5
    Darkseid24 Mar 27, 2019

    With all the hype I think Detective Comics 1000 was rather disappointing. It is great to see some older artists& writers like Denny O‘ Neil, Kelley Jones or Dustin Nguyen back, but it would have been better if DC hired artists like Paul Gulacy or writers like Doug Moench, Chuck Dixon or Alan Grant. Instead we are getting mostly stories of regular modern writers like Tom King, Geoff Johns, Snyder, Tomasi or Bendis, which all feel quite rushed. Detective Comics #1000 also feels more like a 80 Page Giant ( even so it has 96 pages) than a Celebration of 80 years of Batman. Most of the stories are either mediocre or good, but none of them stood out for me& I can’t think of any of these stories being remembered years later.

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  • 6.0
    MKW69 Mar 27, 2019

    Meh. AC 1000 was better,

  • 4.5
    YourGreenMuse Mar 27, 2019

    Meh. I wasn't expecting much from this and that's about what I got. Going through each and every story would take time I'd rather not devote to this, but needless to say, this felt very much like one of the 80 Page Giants. And I really don't like those because the quality is never consistent. Anthologies in general suffer from this, but I would expect everyone to bring their A game to a big issue like this. Instead we get tons of mediocrity with an okay story here and there. I audibly groaned by the time I got to the Tom King story because I felt like I was wasting my time by that point. I didn't need to read this and I would've been better off just reading the few pages that lead into the next issue and moving onto better comics.

  • 10
    Khamul Mar 28, 2019

    Really outstanding collection. Rarely do these kind of books live up to expectations, but this really does.
    No spoilers here's that's part of the charm to see what each creator or creative team delivers, but I will say this though,the Geoff Johns and Kelley Jones entry really was touching, and Jones is just wonderful as always.
    Get this book and enjoy what comics are about, joy and wonder!

  • 10
    Atomichound Mar 30, 2019

    Great proof there’s no need to write for the trade! I enjoyed all of the stories. When looking at some of the writer/artist combos, I was initially a little quizzical. For instance, how do you not have O’neil And Adams together? But, when I saw it was Priest and Adams, I was totally into it. Great, great retrospective issue. Some stories are better than others, of course, but I have no reservations about recommending this issue to friends and family, regardless if they have read comics or not. Well done, DC!!

  • 9.0
    Antonio Mar 27, 2019

    The art in general is great. Definitely some stories are infinitely better than others. I feel that some writers and artists that have left their mark in the history of the bat were missing.

  • 8.5
    egon244 Mar 30, 2019

    80 years.
    I can't imagine that Bill Finger with Bob Kane was ever hoping for their creation to live and prosper for so long.

    He survived a world war (I doubt he'll survive the next one), rainbow-colored suits, broken back, few dead sidekicks (they got better), a couple of Crises and Tom King. He had an awesome cartoon show, some good and bad movies, a great series of video games, on and off relationship with his underwear, and with a great many women, and of course, the most important thing, a plethora of great stories told by many, many, many writers over the years. Some of which were universally praised and some others were greatly polarizing.

    The anniversary issue is great, with many different Bat-s more

  • 6.0
    Nihilist Mar 27, 2019

    Here we are - #1000. Batman just turned 80 years old. So many artists - writers and illustrators, so many distinct comic eras, so many different styles... It's good time to be a comic fan, and be able to see these historic events with our own eyes. First Supes, now Bats - that being said, however, I can't say I enjoyed this celebratory mega issue nearly as much as Action Comics #1000 - the reason is, it doesn't really celebrate Batman to the extent Superman was celebrated.

    Most of these stories are decent, and focus on certain things that make Batman Batman, but maybe 3 or 4 in total actually are worthy of being in this collection, actually celebrating him and his mythos.
    Kevin Smith's short story is, in my opinion, the book more

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  • 5.5
    ohhaimark Mar 29, 2019

    Hey, 1,000 issues, that's pretty sweet. I decided I'd do something a bit different for this review. I'm going to rank and give my thoughts on each individual story and assign each one a rating. I will add up those ratings and average them to achieve the total for the issue.

    Manufacture for Use: Can we all just agree this is the best one? I mean it's got beautiful art, a sweet story and solid writing. Not to mention the damn perfect ending. Rating: 9.0/10

    The Legend of Knute Brody: I really enjoyed this one too. It had a funny story, it kept me hooked and the end is fantastic. My only complaint is that Nguyen's artwork didn't look like his best. 8.5/10

    Return to Crime Alley: This was… interesting. Aside fr more

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  • 5.0
    Spacey Medicine Apr 14, 2019

    Honestly this could have been so much more! But it went the way of all anthologies.

  • 9.5
    TDogg Mar 29, 2019

    Fantastic issue! Truly lived up to the hype. Art and writing is amazing, I look forward to another 1000!

  • 9.0
    ComickerPerson Mar 27, 2019

    Strong showings from Warren Ellis, Scott Snyder, Paul Dini, and James Tynion. Worst of the bunch is either Kevin Smith's or Geoff Johns's stories.

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  • 8.0
    Sal Mar 28, 2019

    Jam-packed with tales from a multitude of talented creators, this anthology is a worthy tribute to 80 years of the World’s Greatest Detective.

    I find it difficult to review a book like this. As with any compilation there will be some tales that are better than others. A character like Batman has many interpretations and writers and artists continue to find new ways to tell stories with him. To some he is the Dark Detective investigating mysteries and shedding light on the darkest corners of Gotham City. To others the patriarch of the Bat Family, mentoring and caring for those worthy to carry the mantle. And still to others he is the lone vigilante, striking fear in the hearts of criminals in a lonely quest for vengeance and ju more

  • 10
    Andrea D’Alò Mar 30, 2019

    Great stories, all of them.
    My favorites are:
    Bendis’ one,Smith’s one, King and Ellis.

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    Aren Apr 2, 2019

    A perfect tribute to Batman

  • 9.0
    axdn Mar 30, 2019

    Certainly I didn't like the pace of Priest's story but apart from that what a great comic!

  • 9.0
    bucswin611 Apr 6, 2019

    A surprisingly slow start from some of my favorite creators gave way to an avalanche of intriguing, beautiful, and memorable tales that highlighted different facets of Bruce. A must-read comic.

  • 8.5
    Simon DelMonte Mar 29, 2019

    Best stories: Snyder, Bendis, Johns, Smith

    Weakest stories (none of which were bad): King, Dini, Arkham Knight

    Biggest takeaways: Dick Grayson needs to be Dick Grayson again. King might actually get Batman and most of the cast but might not get how to write a comic. The best Batman writers are also incredilby humanistic. Ralph and Sue are still part of the DCU. DC has the best artists it's ever had, but NEal Adams isn't one of them anymore.

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  • 8.5
    Comix4fever Mar 29, 2019

    My favorite stories were Return to Crime Alley, The Batman's Design, Heretic and Manufacture for Use.

  • 8.5
    mrDovydas Apr 3, 2019

    Great compilation of stories, showcasing the various aspects of what makes Batman such a beloved character. Here's to another 1000 issues.

  • 7.0
    letskillrobots Apr 10, 2019

    Not enough clayface

  • 6.5
    Maker Apr 10, 2019

    №1000 Action comic was much better. I really like the team "Bendis-Maleev". Other stories I could not remember the very next day after reading. Very weak collection of short author's stories.

  • 6.5
    Superheroes for Hire Apr 11, 2019

    Action Comics 1000 set an expectation for what the millennium issue could represent. It was a celebration of the character traits and eras of Superman. Detective Comics 1000 is a ten dollar Batman anthology comic. The art was all great (4.5 of 5), but the stories were mostly either forgettable or written confusingly. Even stellar writers like Geoff Johns could not properly structure their stories into a short story format. Panels and story beats were omitted to shorten otherwise longer stories. Even Tom King who wrote an ingesting Superman story in AC 1000, took another dump on Batman with a jumbled mess of immature dialogue passed off as a short story here in Detective 1000. And as far as celebrating the 80 year history of Batman, maybe 2 more

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