Detective Comics #1002

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi Artist: Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 24, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 25 User Reviews: 44
7.9Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

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Batman's first battle with the Arkham Knight was as brutal as they come...but things are about to get worse, as one of his most important allies jumps into the fray, and ends up in far over their head!

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Rick Lopez May 1, 2019

    Holding firm as the premier title for DCs flagship character, Tomasi and Walker build an exciting ride for readers to embark on while the mystery of the Arkham Knights identity remains up in the air. With the reveal hinted to come next issue, speculation will be at an all-time high and potentially bringing more eyes onto this new run. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Apr 26, 2019

    The only bad thing about this comic book is that I want more right away! The story is great and the art is spectacular. They are really doing a great job. What will happen next? I don't know but I cannot wait to see! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Legion - Rob Reads Comics Apr 24, 2019

    The game is over and the helmet is off! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Weird Science - Joey Casco CSW/CSS Apr 22, 2019

    I enjoyed this read so much that I couldn't believe how quickly 20 pages came and went. The art is great and I like how the white eyes on Batman and Robin were handled. The GCPD coming to Batman's aid and Jim helping him escape was a wonderful moment, and that this was a Robin heavy issue after that was a breath of fresh air. We need more Robin in the Batman books, and I hope it continues. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Apr 24, 2019

    Detective Comics seems even further invigorated with this new creative team. The book is on fire right now as it looks to be the best Batman title on the stands. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Apr 24, 2019

    A great second issue in the arc that lays out interesting clues and looks gorgeous doing it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Apr 24, 2019

    It looks like a thousand-some-odd issues hasn't slowed any one down, and I find myself becoming more and more invested in what Tomasi's plans are for the Arkham Knight, and in turn the Arkham Knight's plans for the Dark Knight. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Tom Zimm Apr 24, 2019

    Long-time fans of Batman will love the amount of detective work and combatant skill Tomasi has infused in this story. Some will question Batman's vulnerability and ease with which The Arkham Knight overwhelms him in a fight. Either way, I highly recommend this wonderful book to fans of the character and DC. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn Apr 26, 2019

    Detective Comics #1002 is a solid addition to the Arkham Knight focused arc spearheaded by Peter J. Tomasi. With consistently great visuals and a story that packs a few surprises, the issue manages to truly be enjoyable. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    On Comics Ground - Travis Tucker Apr 30, 2019

    Pick up this issue guys, I feel this one is gonna be an unsung gem for sure. Not often do other mediums get their characters in the source material. So I hope they do the Knight very well. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David DeCorte Apr 24, 2019

    DETECTIVE COMICS #1002 deepens an intriguing story, suggesting questions that can shake Batman's legitimacy to his core. The storytelling is sharp, the artwork is crisp, and readers are sure to come away from this issue eager for the next installment. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Apr 24, 2019

    I know I'm getting old, and really shouldn't be wishing my life away, but the two weeks from now 'til Detective Comics #1003 cannot go by fast enough. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Jeffords Jr. Apr 25, 2019

    Detective Comics #1002 is a much better issue than previous ones, with a whole being greater than the sum of its parts. Plus, theres a killer cliffhanger ending. I look forward to finding out who Arkham Knight really is (and seeing if I figured it out). Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd May 1, 2019

    Detective Comics #1002 is a very good issue that doesn't telegraph its punches. It would've been easy for the Arkham Knight, having already displayed disdain for Batman and his methods to come at him with everything right away. There's more to the Arkham Knight just as there's more to the Batman, and this issue suggests that they may end up realizing this about each other. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Eric Mitchell Apr 26, 2019

    All in all, I did enjoy the book and I look forward to seeing where the story goes. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Apr 24, 2019

    As Peter Tomasi introduces us to Batman's deadly new daytime nemesis, the Arkham Knight, he continues to struggle to distinguish this masked villain from all other anti-Batmen. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Major Spoilers - Robert Mammone Apr 24, 2019

    The Dark Knights face off in a steady as she goes issue that presents excellent artwork and a decent storyline. Mystery piles on mystery, while Damian flings himself into danger. Great artwork carry the larger burden of a story slowly unfolding before our eyes. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Jay Yaws Apr 24, 2019

    A solid entertainment, at the very least. Brad Walker's standoff between Batman and the Arkham Knight is a definite highlight, full of tension and brilliant pacing that makes the relatively short scene pack a huge punch. The story being told here isn't filler in the slightest, as everything that occurs has a natural sense of progression and feels integral to the overall plot, but it certainly feels like a transitional issue more than anything. It never drags, though, which is always a plus. And while the Arkham Knight is clearly becoming a different character than I initially thought he was going to be, I'm having a blast reading his grandstanding and slightly overblown pomposity. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Apr 26, 2019

    This is a thoroughly solid issue that moves the chains for the next part of the story. Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    Sequential Planet - Matt Herman Apr 25, 2019

    Detective Comics #1002 is the first confrontation between the Batman and the Arkham Knight. While the fight doesn't impress, there's plenty to like in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Matthew Aguilar Apr 24, 2019

    Here's hoping the story can catch up to the visuals next month, because there is the promise of a cool story here. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    But Why Tho? - lizzylynngarcia Apr 24, 2019

    Hennessy's inks are good and work well with Walker's pencils. There are a few moments where faces are a tad off but nothing that is outright bad. Fairbairn's colors are quite vibrant for a Batman book but considering most of this book takes place during the day, that is understandable. Overall, this book is not bad but could be significantly better. It is downright meh and almost unforgivingly so. Not even Damian could save this book from being average. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Apr 24, 2019

    The chapter ends with the Knight revealing himself.We see him from behind as he removes his helmet, so readers are not yetpermitted to know his identity. Im assuming its a Bruce Wayne from analternate universe, or perhaps one of the Robins having time traveled from apossible future. Either way, its a variation on the evil twin clich, so Imparticularly impressed (yet). Hopefully, next issue will change that. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Tony Hammack Apr 24, 2019

    Since the Arkham Knight revealed his identity to Damian, hopefully, we will be let in on that secret soon. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp May 1, 2019

    More interested in beating Batman than taking his place as Gotham's new hero, the character was original created for the 2015 Batman: Arkham Knight video game. It's not clear if the comic character has the same origins as those in the video game (which would seem to be redundant to existing timelines), but Damian does seem to recognize the unmasked villain. For fans. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    myconius Apr 24, 2019

    WOW!!! this comic drew me RIGHT in!!
    the comic started really action packed and adrenaline fueled.
    the art is incredibly dynamic, the panels are nicely paced, and the story INTENSE!!
    most importantly i am enjoying the HELL out of this version of Batman!
    if ever there were a crisis, THIS is the guy i'd want watching my back!

    not a lot of info is given able the Arkham Knight,
    but he made a great entrance and i am intrigued!

    an absolutely WONDERFUL moment between Batman and Jim Gordon.
    THIS is the relationship between these two that i want to see.

    i absolutely LOVE Tomasi's version of Alfred!
    his sarcastic wit is spot on!
    loved his response to Commissioner Gordon through more

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  • 8.5
    waltgator93 Apr 24, 2019

    Definitely didn't see this story panning out the way it is, but hey enjoying it! Great art and dialogue, plus we have Damian and Bruce working together! It's strange to see Bruce and Gordon in same page especially since Batman punched Gordon while back...

  • 8.0
    Linkush Apr 24, 2019

    Another great issue, Tomasi keeps delivering the goods.

    Once again, we get another issue with a lot of action and as usual, it was great and looked really good. The fight between Batman and Arkham Knight was handled great and the moment afterward with Jim was awesome.
    One thing that I didn't expect was the fact that this issue focused a lot on Robin but I really liked it, we definitely need more Robin in Batman comics in my opinion.
    This issue also gave us hints to what Arkham Knight is planning and it seems interesting so I can't wait to see what Tomasi has in store for us.

  • 7.0
    Nihilist Apr 24, 2019

    There always is a risk when a character created outside the main continuity comics finds their way to said continuity. The reason is, elseworld stories have their own style and set of rules that regular comics don't have to follow, or the other way, they don't need to follow regular comics' hard, often limiting "dos" and "donts".
    Is Arkham Knight's debut a good idea? Is it going to redeem his name after the awful game he was featured in? I sure hope so, but for now, the name he wields is tainted. Let's hope Tomasi finds a way to make him a compelling, fleshed out villain who manages to establish himself as a character.

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  • 8.5
    Tony Apr 24, 2019

    The art is just great and the story is incredible well written, I mean, the issue has amazing action panels and good dialogues. I did't expect the Robin part but I think once you read the entire issue it fits so well.

  • 7.5
    ohhaimark Apr 27, 2019


    -Peter J. Tomasi still nails the writing for Batman, but this issue's standout was Damian full stop.

    -The art is still good and probably the best of Brad Walker's career, for me anyway, considering I usually not a fan of his art.

    -This issue had some really solid action sequences.

    -I really liked those two silent pages, you could really feel the tension.

    -Ace is adorable and always will be.

    -Overall, I thought this had much better pacing than last issue.

    -I really warmed up to Arkham Knight this issue. His dialogue was good and he felt properly villainous.

    -The castle setting at the end there was really solid.

    -The last page more

  • 5.0
    Darkseid24 Apr 24, 2019

    I have the same problems with the second part of this story as I had with the first. Up until now it feels like the game Arkham Knight just in lame, since everything& everyone interesting from the game is missing in this story. Tomasi still fails to make comic Arkham Knight an interesting character& more importantly his own character. Some motivations are just copied from AK Jason & put in his mouth. But it won’t be Jason, so it’s kind of lazy.

    It also doesn’t happen that much: AK beats Batman up& Robin is doing some investigations& gets captured by the AK. That’s really it. The parts with Robin ( Damien) were the most interesting ones of this story, but also quite short& honestly ruined by the AK, because h more

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  • 4.5
    Maker Apr 24, 2019

    Very weak work

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  • 8.0
    SONOFBATMANN Apr 24, 2019

    I am proud to say that Tomasi has been on a streak since 2016 and I'm loving it!

    I really hope that it's not Jason Todd under the mask.

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  • 8.0
    bucswin611 Apr 26, 2019

    Not as fun as the previous issue, but we do get Tomasi writing Damian in the Detective Comics line AND a reference to Aparo Bay. A fun read.

  • 8.0
    Spacey Medicine May 13, 2019

    A solid issue.

  • 7.5
    Simon DelMonte Apr 25, 2019

    After Mahnke, Walker is a letdown. But who wouldn't be? A pretty good story, made stronger by the return to 'Tec of Damian. (Isn't it weird how much Tynion and King avoid using him?) Tomasi continues to write the best Damian Wayne stuff.

  • 10
    Arachal18 Apr 24, 2019

    Very strong work

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  • 8.5
    YourGreenMuse Apr 28, 2019

    I was into this a lot! Even the Damian stuff! Crazy!

  • 7.5
    egon244 Apr 28, 2019

    "Who's worse? The monster, or the Monster who scares the monsters?"

    I really don't have much to say about this issue.

    It's a good Tomasi craftsmanship.

    That's the best I can do and honestly, I think it sums it up pretty good.

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