Detective Comics #1012

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi Artist: Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 25, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 21
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"Year of the Villain" kicks into overdrive! Victor Fries has only ever wanted one thing...to bring his wife Nora back to life in a healthy body. Now, with Lex Luthor's aid, Victor's wish will finally come true. But how will Nora adjust to the new world she has missed? And how will Batman try to tear Victor's dream away from him?

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Oct 6, 2019

    If you were waiting for “Year of the Villain” to become interesting…wait no longer! Detective Comics #1012 puts good use to Luthor's gift to Mr. Freeze, but what Freeze plans to do with it is far more significant than the gift itself. Batman and Freeze's characters drive the plot. The strong characterization of both go a long way in making this an enjoyable issue. The sympathetic aspect of Freeze's dilemma makes for a serious challenge for Batman as this arc continues, but how will it affect the Dark Knight as he reflects on his own emotional loss in the process…? Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Sep 27, 2019

    If you haven't been reading Detective Comics, you've been missing out on a wonderful series that is, for what my money is worth, the best of the regularly published Batman books and this issue is a great place to start seeing what you've been missing. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Sep 25, 2019

    Doug Mahnke is at the top of his game in this issue. There is an obsessive amount of detail in the artwork. It seems like he and Tomasi have been waiting to tell this story. This feels like it's the beginning of something truly special indeed. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Sep 25, 2019

    Detective Comics again showcases the exceptional talent of the creative team while juggling the big Year of the Villain event and addressing larger scale Batman continuity issues. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    GWW - Deron Generally Sep 25, 2019

    The tone of this story and the darkness of its plot could not have been fully realized without the art of Doug Mahnke. Both the way the panels are laid out and the way the characters are rendered are fantastic. There is a seriousness to the art that perfectly complements the seriousness of the story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bookcase - Alex Batts Sep 25, 2019

    The return of Mr. Freeze is as it should be cold, calculated, and creatively executed. With writing that continues to impress and art as good as ever, this issue is a great sign of things to come in this arc. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comic Watch - Tyson Yurai Oct 1, 2019

    This could be the exact shot in the arm that Mr. Freeze has needed since most of DC Rebirth has left him in the absolute dust. And if the solicits are any indication, a new status quo is well in order for his cold, cold heart. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Jay Yaws Sep 25, 2019

    Detective Comics may be the most consistently good book out there right now, at least as far as Batman titles go. There's hardly been a bad issue from Tomasi and crew yet, and this issue is no exception. There's a strong story at its center, which feels more like a slow-paced thriller than an entertaining-but-empty action adventure, with a villain whose motivations don't justify his monstrous actions. And then there's Batman, who hasn't felt this human in a long time, and makes a strong case for how well he can actually work with others. Be it with Alfred, his beloved confidant, or the begrudging respect shared with Bullock, this is a Batman who knows when to be vengeance and the night, and when to actually foster a good relationship. Plus he still looks really cool when doing it, so, bonus. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    411Mania - John Pumpernickel Sep 26, 2019

    A solid issue that can be read by itself and gives a nice spin to a cold character. A nice thumbs up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Jamie Dawn Sep 25, 2019

    My hope for this run has been thawed from its cryogenic chamber, emerging revitalized and energetic. This is an excellent beginning to a long-teased arc. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Sep 30, 2019

    It's easy to forget in today's event- and relaunch-driven marketplace, but sometimes you don't have to reinvent the wheel " sometimes telling an easy-to-follow story is exactly what readers need. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Sep 25, 2019

    It's creepy, certainly, and the snow and ice effects in Doug Mahnke's art are excellent, but this Freeze is so far gone it's hard to empathize with him like you can in the best Freeze stories. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    On Comics Ground - Travis Tucker Sep 30, 2019

    This cliffhanger follow up was very much enjoyable. Between the small interactions with the trope-filled henchmen and how Freeze deals with certain issues really brings the build up full circle for me. Showcasing the attention to planning and how hard coordination of a task can be with so many people. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Legion - Josh Davenport Sep 25, 2019

    Overall this was a good issue that will hopefully lead to a great story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Christian Hoffer Sep 25, 2019

    If you want a "classic" Batman story, I suggest you give Detective Comics a read. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Rick Lopez Sep 25, 2019

    The chapter, unfortunately, loses its novelty rather quickly having been yet another seemingly pointless arc in this run. While Doug Mahnke delivers spectacular work as always, the grim nature to his pencils is a bit of an overstatement for the material. Causing it to seem more sinister than it needs to be. With James Tynion IV poised to take the helm of the main Batman title and Warren Ellis having his own mini-series with the Dark Knight. Tomasi is sure to have some serious competition by the end of the year. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David DeCorte Sep 25, 2019

    DETECTIVE COMICS #1012 isn't a bad chapter, but it's not the strongest in Peter J. Tomasi's run, either. The writing is mostly exposition, and the art by Doug Mahnke feels a bit jumbled and inconsistent. The story carries narrative momentum, though, so it's still worth checking out. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Sep 25, 2019

    I was so pleased when I saw that Doug Mahnke and Jaime Mendoza were back, as their work on issues 994-1000 was brilliant. I don't know what happened this time, but the art in Detective Comics #1012 was severely let down by the sub-par inking, and that's not something I'd ever expect to see, or am prepared to accept, from one of DC Comics' flagship titles. The writing, pencils, color art and lettering were all of an impeccable standard, though… apart from that typo. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Chino DT Sep 26, 2019

    El ao del Villano contina, recin fue el turno del peligroso Deadshot ahora toca al frio y despiadado Mr. Freeze quien no tendr lmites para lograr revivir a su amada esposa, sin importarle acabar con la vida de inocentes vctimas, afortunadamente el encapotado estar all para detenerlo. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Olivier Roth Sep 25, 2019

    The beginning of this arc is a little cliche as it comes to Mr. Freeze (it’s almost always about his wife), but having read the upcoming solicits, I’m excited to see where this goes. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Joey Casco CSW/CSS Sep 25, 2019

    For some reason this is a very fast read for a pretty wordy issue, and it has some enjoyable moments, but I'm just not into the story. However, I loved the sketchy style of art. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    myconius Sep 25, 2019

    there were things i really enjoyed about this comic.
    there were also things that i did not care for at all. (spoilers ahead)

    what i liked-
    i absolutely love the way Tomasi writes Batman.
    i liked the idea of Batman scanning 911 calls.
    absolutely love Doug Mahnke's art
    enjoyed the tone of the story.
    the ending was pretty badass!

    what i didn't like-
    i hate that Tomasi has to write around the poor story choices of others.
    i don't like that this will be the last time i see Alfred in a story for a while.
    i don't like Gordon being removed from the story for some comics that i will not read.
    did not like Mr. Freeze being portrayed as some sick remorseless murderer.

    i more

  • 6.0
    Nihilist Sep 25, 2019

    You know something's off when Mr. Freeze acts more like Professor Pyg than himself. That's been generally his problem since Snyder butchered his origin story with New-52's Batman Annual #1. Long gone is an emotional, romantic and genuinely likeable Freeze, now replaced with a one dimensional cold (sic!) lunatic.
    I have a bad feeling this arc may feel gimmicky and quite forced - anything to connect to Year of the Villain event.

  • 8.5
    Spacey Medicine Oct 4, 2019

    A touch pretentious at times and also the ending was a little silly, but overall I actually thought this was pretty good.

  • 6.5
    Linkush Sep 25, 2019

    It was fine. Art was ok, there were some moments I liked (Batman's conversation on the roof for example), but I don't like how Tomasi wrote Mr. Freeze in this issue. Nothing really exciting about this issue, guess I'm not into the story just yet.

  • 8.5
    The 20-issue Ceiling Sep 27, 2019

    It is nice to see Tomasi giving us a reference to when this takes place in other books. A nice standard Batman story.

  • 8.0
    EDiakota Sep 27, 2019

    " SHEESH. Gordon's got the patience of a saints to put up with this crap."
    -Harvey Bullock

  • 8.0
    YourGreenMuse Sep 27, 2019

    I liked this one.

  • 8.0
    egon244 Sep 28, 2019

    "I'm a butler, not a chiropractor, damn it"

    After a short break, Pete Tomasi is back with his top tier craftsmanship. Batman is brooding, Freeze is freezing and Alfred has great one-liners. What's more to ask?

    Finally, after some teasing and build-up, we get to see what Mr. Freeze's plan is. I'm so glad it is not half as gruesome as I feared it might be. Pheww. And I like Victor's portrayal here. Scientific, methodical but won't hesitate to discipline his henchmen, brutally I might add.

    The issue itself has a good pace, the story flows smoothly from panel to panel, really good art helps here too, and it's just enjoyable as hell.

    Read this one, it is worth it.

  • 8.0
    M1sf1r3 Nov 21, 2019

    Prelude:
    Mr. Freeze is finally here! About time. After all that teasing and setting up for this arc, time to see how Tomasi goes with actually writing the story now.

    The Good:
    I like how methodical Freeze is in his plan. Also with a tinge of creepy.

    This issue is weirdly funny, which is only added to with how morbid the issue is.

    Art from Doug Manhke is great throughout the issue.


    The Bad:
    Continuity is weird. So it's before Batman #77 for obvious reasons but during Year of the Villain so logically it should be City of Bane/#75+. Not only that but Batman has been on poor terms with the GCPD since #59 and the Bat Signal was destroyed in #60. So everything surrounding that makes more

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