Detective Comics #1008

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi Artist: Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 24, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 27
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8.2User Rating

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The Joker returns to Gotham City! The Joker is through working with the Legion of Doom, and he wants to get back to his roots: giving Batman absolute hell! The Clown Prince of Crime comes back with a bang-and he's not about to take prisoners! As if that weren't enough, Lex Luthor delivers the cure for Mr. Freeze's beloved wife, Nora, freeing her from cryo-stasis at last! But something else is very, very wrong with Nora...

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Jul 26, 2019

    As with most recent DC titles, this issue includes the shrouded spirit of Lex Luthor visiting a DC villain with an offer. Thankfully, he does not go for the obvious A-listers, but in this case, a respectable name in Batman's rogues gallery. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Jul 26, 2019

    VerdictThis wonderful throwback tale not only features the Clown Prince of Crime, but it successfully recalls a classic era through style as well as numerous references to classic Batman tales of the past. The postscript with Mr. Freeze feels like a different story entirely, and it's good that it does, because the Joker doesn't need any sort of urging to give Batman a “fun” night out. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 24, 2019

    If you've been reading a lot of DC books this month you're familiar with the Year of the Villain offer tie-in. This one offers an intriguing setup for one of Batman's longtime foes with something they've desired since their early days as a criminal. If Luthor can provide it, what lengths will they go to take down Batman? I'm ready to see where Tomasi and Mahnke take that storyline as YOTV plays out. For now, enjoy another stellar issue of the most consistently entertaining Batman book on the stands today. Read Full Review

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

    Tomasi and Mahnke make for a dream team. The art and the story are tops here. I really love the direction this comic book has taken. It's only getting better and better and it's a good thing. I also like that this a a stand alone issue and you don't really have to read anything else. This is great. It's at the top of my reading list whenever it comes out! Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    GWW - Deron Generally Jul 24, 2019

    Doug Mahnke delivers some amazing art in this issue. Joker looks gloriously menacing in every page and the character details are fantastic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Jul 24, 2019

    It's definitely a recommended read. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Jul 24, 2019

    Presented in Detective Comics #1008 is a classic Joker story that sees the Clown Prince of Crime testing the Dark Knight's wits, making it clear that he is back in Gotham. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Major Spoilers - Stacy Baugher Jul 24, 2019

    DETECTIVE COMICS #1008 may essentially be a filler to prepare for the upcoming "TAKE YOUR SHOT" storyline, but it has the satisfaction of reading like one of the classics. No baggage, just two archenemies in a clash to see who can outsmart the other. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Weird Science - Joey Casco CSW/CSS Jul 24, 2019

    With everything being so huge and world-changing in DC right now, Tomasi has brought their most epic villain back to his basics for at least one issue. The Joker is free and he's terrorizing a carnival just because. I mean, that's it. There's no complication here. And he does it so goddamn well with each individual that he threatens. This really felt to me like an ode to the classic Batman and Joker rivalry.  The art was great with the one exception of the most important character in the story: the Joker. I didn't like the way he looked, but I really liked the story. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Jay Yaws Jul 24, 2019

    This is a classic single issue, one-and-done story of the best sort. Tomasi's writing is as sharp as always, nailing the unpredictable menace and lunacy of the Joker and the taciturn, protective drive of Batman. Mahnke, Mendoza, and Baron make a welcome return as well, with dynamic storytelling that makes even the smaller moments exciting. Frankly, we need more issues like this: self-contained stories that aren't beholden current continuity, but enhance it by being easily accessible. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Tony Hammack Jul 24, 2019

    This is a hilarious issue and one of Tomasi's best so far. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jul 24, 2019

    All hell is about to break loose in Gotham in more than one book, so a breather issue pitting Batman against his nemesis is a fun change of pace. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bookcase - Alex Batts Jul 24, 2019

    Another solid issue of Tomasis top-notch run. This one-shot highlights a fun and creepy reunion between Batman and Joker, with stellar art and an exciting epilogue of whats in the near future. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn Jul 27, 2019

    'Detective Comics #1008' is a commendable attempt at a one-shot with appeal that goes deeper than face value. It's a respectable issue that fans will find enjoyment in, even if it doesn't necessarily go anywhere meaningful. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Jul 24, 2019

    Detective Comics #1008 is filler. It's a perfectly passable story that followed yet another filler sequence before the main “Year of the Villain” storyline. There are a couple panels that resonate, but for the most part it's kind of forgettable. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David DeCorte Jul 25, 2019

    The Joker is back in town in DETECTIVE COMICS #1008. It doesn't seem too significant in a broader narrative context, but it's a very enjoyable one-and-done story. Just a solid, classic, and simple episode. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jul 25, 2019

    While I would have liked a bit more headway as to what Luthor's "Offer" really entails, Detective Comics #1008 was a fun side-story as the Year of the Villain starts up in earnest. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    On Comics Ground - Travis Tucker Aug 10, 2019

    Tomasi is a very good writer so I have to give him the benefit of the doubt. Next issue should be rather interesting. Pop into your local comic shop to grab this title. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Multiversity Comics - Michael Govan Jul 29, 2019

    Joker needs to work on his material. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicBook.com - Matthew Aguilar Jul 24, 2019

    In short, this is a fine Batman/Joker story, but don't expect any fireworks. Read Full Review

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