Detective Comics #1005

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi Artist: Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 12, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 30
7.7Critic Rating
7.0User Rating

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The finale of the Arkham Knight saga arrives as the Knight's surprising cult within Arkham Asylum unleashes its full power! Will Batman be swept under by the madness? Who is the Knight, to have inspired so much loyalty? And is there any way of stopping them that won't just cause their legend to grow?
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  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jun 12, 2019

    If you can only get one regular continuity Batman book at this point it's got to be Detective Comics as it's delivering on all fronts right now. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Rick Lopez Jun 19, 2019

    As Walker and Tomasi close out this run, the next issue involving The Spectre will be yet another perfect chance for readers to jump onto the flagship DC title. With Mahnke slated to return to the title in the near future, the Caped Crusader is sure to be headed into some very dark corners of the DCU. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jun 14, 2019

    Detective Comics is back where it should always have been. What I mean by that is, it's as good if not better than than the main Batman title itself. Tomasi has brought the book back up to that level of quality. Now let's keep it there. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Jun 12, 2019

    Walker, Hennessy and Fairbairn turn in some of the best art of this entire story arc. It's dynamic, it's tricky, and overall effective in conveying the terror, the challenge and the victory of our heroes. I'm usually skeptical when new villains are introduced, but Arkham Knight was provided a pretty substantial stage on which to maker her debut. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Jun 12, 2019

    Tomasi's first post-1000 arc of Detective Comics continues to show that the reason authors gravitate towards Batman, and why we have dozens of stories with him at the center, is because there is simply so much territory that can be covered and presented in unique ways. Batman is an embodiment of human determination, and Tomasi captures both the relentlessness of the character and his deep-seated love for his city. “Medieval,” while not perfect, started laying the groundwork for some very exciting things to come, and I'm ecstatic to see where Detective Comics will go to next. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn Jun 14, 2019

    'Detective Comics #1005' is a methodical conclusion to the Arkham Knight story that is entertaining at the very least, even if it doesn't always make sense. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    411Mania - John Pumpernickel Jun 13, 2019

    When you also get a nice chapter in the Batman and Robin relationship, this one is an easy one to pick up at the comic book shop. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Matthew Aguilar Jun 12, 2019

    The Arkham Knight's comic debut comes to a close, though it doesn't completely reach its potential. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Jun 12, 2019

    Peter J. Tomasi is one of my favourite writers, and the team of artists he has working with him on this series are pure class. Detective Comics #1005 may not be a literary masterpiece, but I dare you to find a more action packed or entertaining comic to read this week. Go on… I dare ya! Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jun 12, 2019

    A good ending to a story arc that has introduced a very strong new villain to Batman's new rogue's gallery. I take issue with the plan enacted as it seems a bit pointless in the end, but the origin of Arkham Knight and the general aspects of the character prove the character is bound to show up for years to come. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David DeCorte Jun 12, 2019

    Although details of Astrid's plan leave a bit to be desired, DETECTIVE COMICS #1005 works overall. It's got action and tension propelling the narrative, with excellent artwork bringing it to life, so it's worth picking up. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Vanessa Boney Jun 17, 2019

    "Detective Comics" #1005 is a bit of a mixed bag, but an overall good comic worth picking up if not only for the amazing artwork. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    On Comics Ground - Travis Tucker Jun 24, 2019

    I like this issue. However, to say I was not disappointed would be a stretch. I was really hoping to see a villain that Bruce has to fear and consider formidable. In truth, I want him to lose. Maybe that is a personal issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Jay Yaws Jun 12, 2019

    This doesn't reinvent the wheel, nor did it set out to in the first place. What this issue of Detective Comics is is an entertaining diversion with some great action set pieces. Tomasi's writing is solid, as always, yet his real strength here is how he lets the artists carry the story as well. There's great teamwork across the board, with Tomasi, Walker, Hennessy, Fairbarin, and Leigh being a true “creative team.” You can't really go wrong with a solid adventure with a breakneck pace and a little bit of weirdness thrown in, which is precisely what Detective Comics #1005 has to offer. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Tony Hammack Jun 12, 2019

    I enjoyed Tomasi's arc. I feel Arkham Knight has been introduced into the Batman Universe and is set up for future stories. I do not have any real complaints. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Jun 17, 2019

    VerdictWhile the mechanics of this story are solid, Astird's motivation and background make her a forgettable character. Batman and Robin shine, though as Tomasi continues to have fun with this one-of-a-kind father and son duo. Don't be surprised to find a smile on your face as a little bit of camp goes a long way. Though Astrid escapes interment at Blackgate, let's hope she just keeps out of trouble and Detective Comics finds some better Bat-villains. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Joey Casco CSW/CSS Jun 12, 2019

    I rated this arc well because each issue had cool moments that I really needed to see right now, but there's a lot of problems with the story overall and theclosing issue unfortunately exposed that truth. That said, because of the great moments, I'm really looking forward to more Tomasi on Detective. Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    Comic Crusaders - Daniel Clark Jun 13, 2019

    Detective Comics #1005 marks the end of the first Arkman Knight arc and considering the build-up it is a finale that stumbles as it ends. Where the desire to leave room open for future tales leads to an ending lacking in consequence. Prior to that though we are given a generally enjoyable Batman and Robin romp that is refreshing with its throwback tones. All of this leads to an uneven issue that will hopefully lead to better things down the line. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jun 12, 2019

    Coming off the Reaper-focused annual just two weeks ago, the conclusion of the Arkham Knight story in Detective Comics #1005 suffers by comparison " the scale is bigger, but Astrid Arkham's evil plot is so over the top and lacks any internal logic that it doesn't work at all. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    myconius Jun 12, 2019

    before i start pulling this apart, i'd like to say there were things i absolutely enjoyed about this comic.

    unfortunately the Arkham Knight, her motivations, as well as her master plan were just DUMB!!!
    ABSOLUTELY dumb!!!!

    -i loved the action
    -the art was extremely beautiful at parts
    -it was awesome to FINALLY see Batman & Robin working as a team again.
    ...probably the first time since Tomasi's (New52 Batman & Robin) series ended.
    -i particularly loved seeing Bruce and Damian working together like a well oiled machine. it was an absolute pleasure to behold. pity we had to wait so many years to see this while DC forced Scott Snyder's dull Duke Thomas on us. he's almost as bad a character as that more

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  • 3.0
    Darkseid24 Jun 12, 2019

    Well, I’m glad this arc is finally over& I hope we won’t see comic Arkham Knight in the near future. This entire story feels pointless.
    First of all the plan of Astrid doesn’t make any sense. The reason, why she wanted to blind the city just feels far- fetched. There is no logic here. Even so she’s insane, but she could have come up with a better plan or rather with a plan at all.
    Astrid freed every villain in Arkham in earlier issues& that’s quite meaningless, since we only see 2 of them in the finale. Batman also didn’t fight them in earlier issues, so I guess Tomasi just forgot about them.
    Astrid also looks quite pale compared to the real AK in the game. Her origin story already had many flaws, but she’s als more

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  • 5.5
    Spacey Medicine Jul 8, 2019

    Wow, her plan was... really stupid? What a tragedy, this arc seemed so cool at the start.

  • 7.0
    Linkush Jun 12, 2019

    "ANOTHER LOST SOUL WHO THOUGHT SHE WAS A HERO INSTEAD OF A VILLAIN."
    Underwhelming but still enjoyable.

    So that's it, the arc is over and it was good overall but I think the finale was a bit underwhelming. Arkham Knight's plan felt pointless at the end and the fight between her and Batman was over way too quickly in my opinion. To be honest, not just the fight between Arkham Knight and Batman was over way too quickly, the whole finale felt rushed. It was still fun (especially the interactions between Robin and Batman) and full of action and the art was great but I was hoping for something better.

    Anyways, I'd still recommend you read this Arc, it was pretty good overall.

  • 6.5
    YourGreenMuse Jun 12, 2019

    This was a letdown. Things were just wrapped up a little too quickly and without much bombast. Hopefully next issue is better.

  • 6.5
    Antonio Jun 12, 2019

    I feel a little disappointed, it is not bad at all, but it is not good enough. Art is great but I think Tomasi fails to give us a decent ending to this arc. The whole Ak plan feels pointless and the resolution of the conflict is just rush and feels kinda to Deus Ex-Machina.

  • 9.5
    EDiakota Jun 13, 2019

    "Another lost soûl who thought she was a hero instead of a villian"

  • 9.0
    Ken b Jun 14, 2019

    Loved the Arkham Knight saga. The first reason was the storytelling and the art was phenomenal, the second is that I love how Tomasi got Batman and Robin to work like a well-oiled machine. But, I agree with most of the other reviews saying that Arkham Knight is a terrible villain. I get that she's mad because she thinks Batman killed her mom but her dad should have told her the truth like a normal human instead of letting her believe that nonsense. She has to be the dumbest villain in the DC universe.

  • 8.0
    Br'er Lapin Jun 15, 2019

    I love the way Batman and Robin interact in this series, the ending felt far less grandiose than it seemed to be building to. Also Arcane was an awesome edition, but he felt wasted, he could have easily been replaced by Clayface or Poison Ivy and that seems like a big missed opportunity for one of thr coolest Swamp Thing villains.

  • 7.5
    Andrea D’Alò Jun 14, 2019

    Ok.
    I appreciated the character of Astrid and I hope that she’ll come back soon.
    Although I think that this isn’t a really good ending, but I liked it, Tomasi is a writer that I personally appreciate, he can do better, let’s see where it goes

  • 6.5
    KillianH Jun 12, 2019

    Start out great. Unfortunately end with a a whimper.

  • 6.5
    egon244 Jun 17, 2019

    "I've got you"

    After such a fun and nice buildup, this issue feels underwhelming.

    The whole ordeal just wraps up pretty quickly without any real or tangible stakes in it.
    Still, I want to see more from Astrid Arkham and if the epilogue is any indication she will return sooner or later.

    But even though the story might have ended up disappointingly, Tomasi prevails in one aspect. His dialogue between Batman and Robin is excellent. He writes the Dynamic Due so incredibly well.

  • 6.0
    bucswin611 Jun 17, 2019

    The least-enjoyable Tomasi dialogue I have read in a long time, and some of Walker's work seems rushed (other pages look great). The arc ended with a whimper.

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