Detective Comics #1003

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi Artist: Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 8, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 42
8.5Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

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Damian was so certain he could succeed against the Arkham Knight where his
father failed-and not only was he wrong, but as it turns out, the Knight has a
surprising plan for the son of Batman!

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles May 8, 2019

    Detective Comics is exactly what youd expect when you grab a Batman book. Tomasi and Walker have crafted a compelling story that reads like a classic best of Batman story. Dont miss this title! Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd May 9, 2019

    VerdictThe surprise reveal of the Arkham Knight's identity is executed excellently! The journey is clearly worth it in the case of Detective Comics #1003. This issue while having a major plot element also delves into the Bruce/Damian dynamic while providing a bit of retro fun. The questions it raises with the reveal of the Knight's identity are probably more entertaining…. This issue succeeds on multiple levels and should not be missed. So far, the surprises herein are more satisfying than the arc which preceded Detective Comics #1000. Read Full Review

  • 10 - Matthew Aguilar May 8, 2019

    If you're looking for the best Batman and Robin book in some time, Detective Comics is the place to be. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz May 8, 2019

    This is a book that only gets better and better. I can't believe how good it has gotten and I can't wait to see where this creative team takes us next. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Rick Lopez May 10, 2019

    Readers can quickly jump on with this new chapter, but they will definitely want to pick up the first two issues of the arc as well. With more still to uncover about the new villain, fans will not want to miss out on this exciting new chapter in the Dark Knights history. As Tomasi continues to build towards something truly epic Brad Walkers art will be an absolute treat to behold along the way. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn May 8, 2019

    The identity of the Arkham Knight is here and it is well worth the wait! Newcomers, longtime fans and speculators alike will all find something to love about Detective Comics #1003. This is one you don't want to miss out on! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Joey Casco CSW/CSS May 8, 2019

    I love to see the Batman and Robin partnership back together again. It feels so good. Damian's little showdown with the Knights was great, and I enjoyed pretty much everything in this issue. This arc is exactly what I need right now. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke May 8, 2019

    A good issue that fans of the Damian Wayne and Batman relationship can't miss. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Tom Zimm May 8, 2019

    This is a classic Batman mystery story with a well-trained villain. Fans of the character will love his use of superior detectives skills throughout with less emphasis placed on his brutal use of strength. I highly recommend this story to fans of Batman and the DC universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder May 8, 2019

    With almost all of the set up taken care of, the true test of“Medieval” is going to lie with its next installments. Tomasi and Walker have created a solid foundation and tinkered with time tested tropes to create an intriguing core conflict. Having Damian at the center of all the commotion helps distinguish the story, but the story hasn't caught fire just yet. Although, knowing this creative team, I'll be eating my words in a couple weeks. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Jay Yaws May 8, 2019

    From the strong writing to the excellent visuals, this book is firing on all cylinders. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - May 13, 2019

    While there are a few elements of the plot that could have used a little bit more time in the oven, it’s hard to deny the excitement and enthusiasm that pops off the page in Detective Comics #1003. And it’s because at its core, this is definitely a crowd-pleaser of a series, whether it’s the inclusion of video game character Arkham Knight, Tomasi’s reunion of Batman and Robin, or the simply wonderful artwork of Brad Walker. If you’re looking for some rock-solid adventuring without the heavy mood of the flagship Batman title, you definitely shouldn’t miss out on Detective Comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    On Comics Ground - Travis Tucker May 14, 2019

    I'm excited to see what she does, to be honest. Because so far her capabilities are definitely there. I need more tension before the showdown too. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier May 8, 2019

    I'll admit I was skeptical when this story arc began in Detective Comics #1,000, but that's mainly because DC couldn't seem to allow that issue to be a standalone. The story has become more engaging, and so long as it doesn't drag on too much longer, I'm eager to see where it leads. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray May 8, 2019

    So, now we know who; the question remains, though… why? Defending Robin is one thing, but the fighting prowess, training and attitude on show are something else entirely. I thought that the reveal may have come a little to soon, but, rather brilliantly, Detective Comics #1003 has raised more questions than the reveal has answered. I can't wait to see what comes next. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    GWW - Deron Generally May 8, 2019

    Brad Walker's art is fantastic throughout and both the action and characters look great. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David DeCorte May 8, 2019

    Though not as action-packed or consistent as our last issue, DETECTIVE COMICS #1003 is a respectable next chapter in Tomasi's ongoing story. We finally learn the Arkham Knight's identity, as well as the depths of her followers' loyalty, and get a taste for how wide her reach extends. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield May 8, 2019

    Ultimately, it feels like Bruce and Damian are fighting an edgelord teenager, not a serious supervillain. Compared to the Jason Todd version in the video games, she feels like a lightweight villain. Definitely not the anti-Batman villain she was hyped up as. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Tony Hammack May 8, 2019

    Although this issue moved the plot along, I still feel empty. I hope the next issue dives into the motivations of the Arkham Knight and her followers. I want to know why they are doing what they are doing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    myconius May 8, 2019

    this run continues to be very enjoyable and fun.
    i cannot praise it enough.

    i am really glad the Arkham Knight wasn’t who i thought it was.
    (((SPOILER)))and no, i didn’t think that it was Jason Todd.(((END SPOILER)))

    i really loved Damian’s response to learning who the Arkham Knight’s identity was,
    as well as his taunts to the Arkham Knight’s zealots.

    i really enjoy how Peter Tomasi write’s Batman dialog as he deduces and detects.
    his dialog for Bruce & Damian continues to be pitch perfect. i really like how both characters are written to be very cerebral, logical, and of high intelligence. as they should be.
    it was excellent to see Tomasi show how gifted and artist Damia more

  • 9.0
    Linkush May 8, 2019

    Terrific issue.

    This is exactly what I wanted when I saw that Damian will play a big part in this arc. Tomasi completely nails the relationship between Batman and Robin and it's so much fun to read. We also discover the Identity of Arkham Knight (*Spoiler Alert*) and get to know her better. The story is going in an interesting way and the art was fantastic. Really, I don't have much to say except that it's really good and you should read this.

    All in all, if you are a fan of the relationship between Batman and Damian then this is an issue you'll want to get.

  • 8.5
    ohhaimark May 10, 2019


    -The art is still fantastic, surprisingly enough. I love how Brad Walker draws Doctor Phosphorus.

    -This issue fixes the pacing issue of the previous two issues. It's not rushed and thankfully it doesn't slow down so much that it becomes boring. Just the right pace.

    -Damian is still the best here. Funny, badass, just everything.

    -The Robinsignal was just really cool, especially how they executed it.

    -The dialogue is great here. Tomasi knows how to write Batman and co.

    THE BAD:

    -So… we get the identity of Arkham Knight… and I dunno. It seems overhyped to say the least. If this were a completely different and new mystery villain, nobody would give a more

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  • 9.5
    Antonio May 8, 2019

    I have enjoyed so much this "Arkham Knight Saga", maybe the story and some concepts aren't original at all but Tomasi plays very good with some elements of Batman's lore and this issue isn't the exception.
    Tomasi writes a good Batman and a great Damian, I can't remember when was the last time they had this chemistry between them, the dialogues feels rigth and the story has a good coherence. Batman sounds like Batman and Damian sounds like Damian in a very good way.I tought we would see Arkham Knight's identity in the next issue but I don't feel the revelations out of a place, for me, it seems logical and I never tought in that option. Ther art is just incredible.

  • 8.0
    waltgator93 May 8, 2019

    Solid issue with great art and dialogue that I thoroughly enjoyed as I was reading! Unfortunately my issue with this issue is I don’t think the writers talk to one and other because isn’t her base the same place where Bane’s base is?...

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  • 6.0
    Batman Jones May 9, 2019

    Eh. I like the creative team but this arc has felt really generic. I'll be glad when they're on to whatever happens next.

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  • 5.0
    Darkseid24 May 8, 2019

    This story arc continues to be disappointing& I’m happy, when it’s finally over.
    On the positive side Bruce& Damien are both well written, in character& their interaction is good. I also love the art.
    On the negative side we get some plot progression, since the identity of the new Arkham Knight is finally revealed& it’s a big disappointment.

    We learn, that the comic Arkham Knight is Jeremiah Arkham‘s daugther Astrid Arkham. Other than Jason in the game she feels pretty weak& not like a threat. At least up until now. This can still change. I guess we are finding out about her motivations next issue, so I don’t criticize that yet. However this daugther/ son of a popular character turning p more

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  • 9.0
    ComicNerd96 May 8, 2019

    Tomasi's depiction of the Batman and Robin's relationship is spot on.

  • 8.5
    Afre May 8, 2019

    A very good issue. Writing and the artwork is on point.

    Arkham Knight's identity is a clever one and makes his/her's motivation so much cleraer now.

  • 8.0
    Simon DelMonte May 8, 2019

    Worth reading alone for the return of the Bruce-Damian partnership. Never mind the art, or the incredibly rapid pace of events. Tomasi is not one for dragging things out, and that is so welcome in the age of decompression.

  • 8.0
    Spacey Medicine May 20, 2019

    I’m actually not sure who she is, but I like this plot well enough.

  • 7.5
    egon244 May 12, 2019

    "Yeah, good times"

    Well, I did not see that coming. Is it a good surprise or a bad one, remains to be seen. All I know is that I want to know more.

    But no matter the revelation this issue shines with the good 'ol father and son banter. Tomasi proved time and time again in the past that he can write Bruce and Damian together very well and #1003 is no exception. Damian is arrogant and snarky, but you can tell that he enjoys the hell out this "job". Bruce is calm and collected, but he can still compliment on his son's drawing skills. Also, what is really nice to see, is that both the father and son are smart and can think their way out of a predicament. And the little remark about a sword to a throat was a cherry on top. more

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  • 8.0
    bucswin611 May 10, 2019

    No one writes Damian like Tomasi. Walker's designs on Damian were very inconsistent and kind of distracting - but he made up for it with his Arkham Knight designs (helmet on AND off) and Fairbain made some interesting color choices.

  • 8.0
    YourGreenMuse May 11, 2019

    I like when Damian isn't written like such a tool. Batman, too. I don't feel much of anything for the Arkham Knight reveal, but it didn't ruin the issue for me.

  • 8.0
    Ken b May 12, 2019

    I was disappointed at how they just let Robin go without a fight, although her "loyal" henchman put up a fight it still was stupid in my opinion to let Robin get captured. Also, did she really think she could convince him to switch sides ??

  • 8.0

    I like that Tomasi has come up with a way to reinvent his Arkham Knight character for comics.

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