Detective Comics #1019

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi Artist: Scott Godlewski Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 22, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 25
7.3Critic Rating
6.8User Rating

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The Dark Knight is on the trail of the figure behind a brutal series of murders across Gotham City-and what he finds will send a cold shiver up his spine! A public attack on Bruce Wayne has brought the possible perpetrator of these murders to what is an axe-wielding cult leader from the 1600s doing in present-day Gotham? Find out for yourself in the conclusion to Batman's "Silent Knight."

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jan 24, 2020

    Don't forget to pick up the first part from Detective Comics #1018 (if you haven't already) and prepare to enjoy one of the best stories featuring the Dark Knight Detective in recent memory. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Deron Generally Jan 22, 2020

    Scott Godlewski has some bloody and beautiful art in this issue. The visual violence goes a long way towards matching the tension Tomasi is trying to land in the plot. There are great visuals throughout and Godlewski is equally skilled at showing Batman fighting a monster as well as Bruce in contemplation in his empty library. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Jan 22, 2020

    A good finish to an interesting tussle with a Nordic-themed villain. Batman is more alone than ever, but Tomasi and Godlewski prove you can't beat the greatest detective of all time. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    411Mania - John Pumpernickel Jan 23, 2020

    Writer Peter J. Tomasi and artist Scott Godlewski deliver a solid story with some stellar artwork that makes me think I need to keep Detective Comics in the rotation. It has a good mix of action, character building, and, best of all, Batman being a detective! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 22, 2020

    This run has been stronger when it focuses on stand-alone mysteries and cases rather than big plots involving iconic rogues. I don't think this was one of the strongest stories (unlike the recent Spectre tale), but it delivers spooky action that feels a lot more like a Halloween tale than a Winter Solstice special. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jan 24, 2020

    The ending is a little too quick and pat. There was a lot of buildup with not a lot of payoff. The art was nice but not as good as what we are used to on this title. It is still a decent comic right up to the end though. And while it feels like a filler story, it is still a nice enough time until the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Watch - Tyson Yurai Feb 6, 2020

    As a side story, these two issues havent overstayed their welcome and its a bit refreshing. With Tomasi, the quality of these Detective Comics stories are only getting better and better with him being given the opportunity to tell smaller, self contained stories before getting right into bigger arcs. Scott Godlewski on art was a really good choice for the story as his action is heavy and scene setting is near perfect with David Barons accentuating colors. I love the idea of Batman having a Norse themed villain, but substituting that for a monster of indescribable horror is an even better choice! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Jan 22, 2020

    Tomasi continues his outstanding run on Detective Comics with the conclusion to the two-parter, “Dead of Winter.” Tomasi, Godlewski and Baron balance the right amount of emotion, character development, detective work and action. This really feels like a high watermark for Batman in this title. Don't just believe me, go out and buy the comics! Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Tanveer Kalo Jan 27, 2020

    A nice short story of Batman being Batman during the holidays. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David DeCorte Jan 23, 2020

    DETECTIVE COMICS #1019 starts out strong. The story falls rather flat in its last third, though, with a rushed conclusion that leaves the reader less than satisfied. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 22, 2020

    This issue isnt essential reading, but its another solid installment from the Detective team. Next issue promises to raise the intensity with the return of a very prominent Batman Rogue so no need to worry about this title losing any momentum. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Jan 22, 2020

    Detective Comics #1019 is a decent comic, but is " in my opinion " the weakest issue of Peter J. Tomasi's run thus far. Don't get me wrong, there was still lots to enjoy, and the book's well worth picking up, but after the build up from the previous chapter (and the first half of this one) I felt that it all fizzled out a little too quickly. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Weird Science - Joey Casco CSW/CSS Jan 22, 2020

    Art. ART ART ART. I loved the art. The inking especially, as at some points the thick lines make Batman's look kind of remind me of the Brave and the Bold cartoon series. But the last thing we need in this run is another cult story. And even if you need to have this, I'd like to see a few more issues so we could get more of Sorel's story, see how he escaped and how this all happened, and wtf was up with the 1659 beginning. This is exactly like the two-parter with Spector from earlier on in this run: great art and atmosphere; not enough story or explanation of details. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Batman Universe - Donald Townsend Jan 22, 2020

    This is still not my favorite Tomasi. With a little more relationship work between some of these characters, the impact of the story may have hit a little deeper. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Jan 22, 2020

    To me, this reads like a rushed issue, and that's largely because the story as a whole is a little too big for two issues. Add to that the, in my opinion, misuse of exposition near the end, the generic bad guys and the lackluster action, and this results in a rather boring reading experience. The art is good, but it can't save this issue. I recommend you wait for the next arc to start rather than spending hard-earned money on this issue, because it doesn't look like this issue adds anything particularly interesting to the current run on Detective Comics. Read Full Review

  • 4.0 - Christian Hoffer Jan 22, 2020

    This is a weird Batman story, and not a particularly good one. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    M1sf1r3 Jan 22, 2020

    Tomasi had a good start with the last issue but as we move further and further away from Christmas, how does this stand up?

    The Good:
    Always like Bruce doing detective work.

    Art was good.

    The Bad:
    Story was hurried and wrapped itself up way too fast.

    The end got a bit boring.

    There isn't much to talk about. Stuff happens but it doesn't feel too important or that there's any danger.

  • 6.0
    Darkseid24 Jan 22, 2020

    This issue is nothing special, but it’s not bad either. It’s the conclusion to the last one.
    It’s always nice to see Batman doing some detective work, since many writers ignore this these days& thankfully the villain or rather Batman‘s opponents became a little more interesting than last issue.
    I also liked, that Batman didn’t beat the monster by beating the hell out of it as he would sure do in other stories, but that it’s beaten more by coincidence. The snow in the background also gave the issue a nice winter feeling.
    So overall an ok issue, but you won’t miss anything if you skip it.

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  • 5.5
    Nihilist Jan 22, 2020

    Is this a conclusion to anything, really? If yes, then it's one hell of an uderwhelming mess looking like it was heavily rushed, not bothering to explain a single thing to us. Where's mystery, tension, plot? This issue feels like Tomasi had second thoughts about this arc and just wanted to finish it ASAP, and write something else. Strongly disappointed with this one, it feels so empty and shallow, despite having so much potential. Scandinavian folklore is deep, vibrant and memorable, so it stuns me that this arc was the exact oppossite, not fitting any of these adjectives. Legends of Tomorrow used the same background to great, genuinely funny result on TV, Anthrax made a video to Blood Eagle Wings depicting the same method of torture shown more

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  • 7.0
    Spacey Medicine Mar 8, 2020

    I genuinely got so distracted and distressed by the fact that Batman somehow thought modern Icelandic was the same thing as Old English-- despite explicitly speaking Icelandic himself-- that reading this issue took me like an hour. I mean maybe you could confuse them… if this were the tenth century, when Germanic diverged into its North and West variants. Is it the tenth century, Bruce?! Sort yourself out, man.

  • 9.0
    cincyfan Dec 3, 2020

    I really enjoyed this one. It would appear a bit more than most lol oh well you’ll have that

  • 8.0
    EDiakota Jan 26, 2020

    " You are not of my land or language. Then i can tell you the truth. There is no sun goddess. No more gods. "
    - JA

  • 7.5
    Psycamorean Jan 27, 2020

    I liked this more than any other Bat-Books. Am I taking crazy pills? Probably. But I'm right, so what's the bother? I typically like Tomasi's take on Batman and I typically like odd stories like this one.

  • 7.0
    Watchtower022 Jan 24, 2020

    Didn’t care for the story as much. But loved the art here!

  • 7.0
    egon244 Jan 25, 2020

    "Oscar time, Lucius"

    Another Bat-issue this week that I enjoyed.

    Nice art, good dialogue, Batman actually deducing stuff and being detective, and nice enough story.

    Overall, a fine issue, but not exactly on the level that Pete Tomasi got us accustomed to.

  • 7.0

    Just okay. It was a pretty interesting concept, but wrapped up too quickly and neatly. Could have been better.

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    TheHyruleElf Jan 22, 2020

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