Detective Comics #1009

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi Artist: Christian Duce Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 14, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 34
8.2Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

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"Take Your Shot" begins! Deadshot has returned to Gotham City following a long stint with the Suicide Squad, and Batman fears that without the oversight of AmandaWaller, Floyd Lawton will go back to his old ways. Meanwhile, after taking Lex Luthor's offer, Mr. Freeze begins taking action to get exactly what he wants and killing anyone who stands in his way.

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Aug 14, 2019

    When I say that this is textbook comics storytelling, I mean it. In this issue we get an unapologetic set of villains, action, disaster and a killer arial action sequence. Then we close the chapter with that old staple, the cliffhanger ending. To any fan who wants 20 pages of kick-ass comic -book excellence, this is the issue I'd hand them. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Aug 24, 2019

    Detective Comics #1009 is a fun and exciting issue that presents a classic Batman without the over-the-top pathology that his character often gets. He's grounded, and there's a bit of humor that lightens the mood just enough, but not so much that it doesn't feel like a Batman story. It's a great iteration of the Dark Knight. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Impulse Gamer - Jeremy Carr Aug 16, 2019

    The writing in this issue was top tier and, along with that,Tomasi has an incredible art team backing up his story. In the first few pages alone, I couldnt help but just fall in love with the detail and look of this issue. The title page where Batman stands upon the gargoyle head overlooking Gotham is my favorite and really shows how professional DC Comics artists can be. The art and story of Detective Comics #1009 is a must-buy. Read Full Review

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

    This is a top level book that always seems to put a smile on my face recently. Well done. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 14, 2019

    Villain fake out or not Detective Comics is definitely the best regular continuity Batman book on the shelves right now. Tomasi and his various artists are on fire these days. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Aug 14, 2019

    When it comes to the "Year of the Villain" tie-ins, this is the most "Red Skies" one so far " there's virtually no connection except a brief two-page segment at the end of Mr. Freeze brooding over Nora's frozen body and saying that it'll be "soon". That's not a criticism, actually " the main story has nothing to do with the central DC branding and is actually the best story of Tomasi's run so far " and one of the best Bruce Wayne stories in a while. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    GWW - Deron Generally Aug 14, 2019

    Christian Duce delivers some dynamic and beautiful art in this issue. I look forward to seeing Duce push the art when the story really starts moving. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Jay Yaws Aug 14, 2019

    Take strong writing, a Bruce Wayne with a sense of humor, some stunning art, and energetic action sequences and you have… a pretty good issue of Detective Comics. There's something here that feels unbalanced, even though the parts of the whole are so good on their own. Still, even if I can't quite see the forest for the proverbial trees yet, I had a great time reading what Tomasi, Duce, Guerrero, and Leigh brought to the table. Detective Comics continues its streak of strong storytelling since Tomasi came back onto the title, though, so it's a good time to be a reader of ‘Tec. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bookcase - Alex Batts Aug 14, 2019

    Detective Comics #1009 is a solid start to a brand-new arc. Deadshots reintroduction is a welcome one, and the artwork is a real standout. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Weird Science - Joey Casco CSW/CSS Aug 14, 2019

    You know what this reminded me of? 1980's Batman. We saw a lot of Bruce doing actual work for Wayne Enterprises back then and we see it here too, as most of the issue is just that. Also, we have a villain like Deadshot with no explanation of why he's out of Belle Reve or exactly what he's been hired for. He's just a dangerous man on a mission. And lightning striking a plane at precisely the right moment in complete coincidence? Yup! This is a Detective Comics issue that I could have read when I was a kid; only with much better art.  Cool. And Ace helping out in any way possible is always a bonus. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Aug 13, 2019

    It's hard to be invested when it feels like half the story isn't on the page and another story is percolating way in the back. Detective Comics #1009 fares a little better than its immediate predecessor because some of the quips hit a little harder and the artwork feels a bit more lively. I keep hoping for a meaty arc like Medieval for Tomasi and this issue just feels like a small appetizer. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    On Comics Ground - Travis Tucker Sep 3, 2019

    I liked this issue, it's just not at the same pace as the rest of what's going on with Bruce. That's honestly a good thing, as an audience, it's good for us to see that he is just a dude. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David DeCorte Aug 16, 2019

    DETECTIVE COMICS #1009 is a solid opening chapter to an intriguing new story. It's not terribly compelling on its own, but it promises much over the next few issues. I'd recommend it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Jamie Dawn Aug 14, 2019

    Imbuing me with a new sense of optimism for Tomasis run, Im curious to see what comes next for our stranded hero and the villains at play. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Kevin Given Aug 14, 2019

    This is an intriguing introduction to a tale that could shape up to be one of the best Batman stories of the year. It's got an interesting sub-plot set in Singapore that sees us switch locals and a villain with a strong hatred of the hero that isn't the Joker. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Legion - Tom Zimm Aug 14, 2019

    This story did very little to increase my interest in the Year of the Villain event going on in DC. Read Full Review

  • 6.4
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn Aug 18, 2019

    After multiple arcs of what turned out to be inconsequential storytelling, it's time for a book with both substance and weight. Unfortunately, "Detective Comics #1009" isn't it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Matthew Aguilar Aug 14, 2019

    It doesn't happen very often but every now and then we get to see Bruce Wayne in action rather than the Batman, and as seen in the latest issue of Detective Comics, that can be quite compelling when handled the right way. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    EDiakota Aug 14, 2019

    "I have it good authority Batman does not kill."

  • 7.5
    Linkush Aug 14, 2019

    Very cool issue.

    Don't let the cover fool you, Mr. Freeze is barely in this issue at all and instead, we got Deadshot who's on a mission that we know nothing about right now.

    Most of the issue is Bruce doing work for Wayne Enterprises, which is something we barely see these days if at all. Nonetheless, it was nice to see.

    The story itself wasn't all that interesting, but I still like where this is going.

    Oh, and the art was great.

  • 8.5
    Spacey Medicine Sep 3, 2019

    Planes are actually designed to be able to take a lightning strike! Maydays go out on the usual channel, as long as they’re in range of a tower (and they definitely are, they’re near Japan!) then someone for sure heard and should have responded! The More You Know!

  • 8.0
    Nihilist Aug 14, 2019

    While it's doubtful DC could top the heaviness, darkness and sheer weigth of The Boys' plane scene, there's nothing wrong with this comic and its scenario of something going south mid-air. Sure, the lightning was very much a deus ex machina, but other than that I've got good time reading it. The plot is alright, and offers some promise for the future, possibly with Deadshot and Bruce working together once again. Back when Suicide Squad comics were still being published, there was a story arc where Deadshot was trying to save his daughter, and Batman was helping him - it wasn't perfect, far from it, but it was possibly one of the highlights of the otherwise pretty bad run. Seeing these two together once more surely may be entertaining.

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  • 8.0
    Rex King Sep 2, 2019

    I love it when we get to takes a break from Batman and get follow the man behind the mask, This issue may be mainly just here for set up but it has great feel to it. The action set piece is interesting. My only problem is that the cover promises Mr. Freeze but he is only in the last page. However this doesn't ruin the excellent story that promises an even better follow up.

  • 5.0
    ohhaimark Aug 14, 2019


    -This was fine. I don't seem to be as over-the-moon with it as others are, which is alright.

    -I love how Peter Tomasi writes Alfred. He and Tom Taylor both just seem to… understand that character.

    -Honestly, I think next issue is going to be a lot better. The set up for it seems to be much better than this issue's, the plane premise has been done to death.

    THE BAD:

    -Eh, the art didn't really click for me. It started out good, but the action scenes came across as very lifeless and we got some very goofy facial expressions towards the end.

    -I've never really been a Deadshot fan. Will Smith didn't help with that. Here, he was fine. He wasn't like Joker last issue more

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  • 8.5
    myconius Aug 14, 2019

    this was a really solid Batman story with a nice classic feel and very extraordinary art!

    Bruce and Alfred's banter is as wonderful as ever.
    i absolutely loved Alfred's retort what Bruce jest that he was going to kill him.
    even Deadshot has some playful dialog in this. a lot of fun, as a comic should be.

    once the action hits, this comic becomes an adrenaline rush thrill ride. very cinematic and intense!
    it's awesome seeing Batman take charge of a hopeless situation and still able to save lives.

    to me this comic has a classic feel of the Batman comics of the late 70's and i just love that.
    it's issues like this that make me so happy that i'm reading this run.

  • 8.0
    YourGreenMuse Aug 19, 2019

    This was a solid issue.

  • 7.5
    Tizze Aug 14, 2019

    Decent read and it was cool to see Bruce working at Wayne ( a side of his we barely ever see).

  • 7.5
    egon244 Aug 16, 2019

    "I am not a datebook"

    Well, that was one very misleading cover. The whole issue I've been waiting for Mr. Freeze to show up. But even though we don't get a lot of ice puns I enjoyed this issue.

    Christian Duce's Batman looks great, Bruce playing "dumb" billionaire CEO was fun, especially when, just as the plane got damaged, he switched to Bat-mode, a little bit of Deadshot is always a nice addition and Tomasi's Alfred, like many times before, does not disappoint.

    I hope that Nora will not reject Victor because of all the things he has done as Mr. Freeze.

  • 7.0
    Batman Jones Aug 14, 2019

    It was okay. I liked the Duce art better than Walker's few issues. The last issue felt uninspired to me too. I miss Batman and Robin Tomasi and keep hoping he'll show up again soon.

  • 7.0

    Batman has a bad night and is a jerk to everyone.

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    Darkseid24 Aug 14, 2019

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