Detective Comics #1023

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi Artist: Brad Walker Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 8, 2020 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 27
7.8Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

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Just when you thought it was safe to crack a smile, The Joker is back to crash the party! Hot on the heels of “Joker War,” the Clown Prince of Crime is revealed as the mastermind behind Two-Face’s turmoil-but to what end? Batman will need all the allies he can get, and what better ally than Harvey Dent? Can the Dark Knight cure his friend once and for all in time to fight the greatest battle of his life?

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 7, 2020

    Joker's scheme takes a crazy turn this issue pitting Batman against another high level adversary who's got a few friends. Joker War hasn't even started yet, but the Batman books have been excellent reads in the buildup. Assuming the event pays off, 2020 could go down as one of the strongest years of both Batman and Detective Comics in years. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Jul 7, 2020

    The surprises in this issue are well placed reminders of Batman's recent history and serve to connect these events to a run which has had such a classic tone and feel. Detective Comics #1023 is exactly what you expect from Tomasi, Walker & company. Not only is it still character centered with Batman's commitment to helping Harvey Dent, the intensity that comes through is palpable. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jul 8, 2020

    This is another fine issue of this creative team's run. Well done. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Jul 7, 2020

    After seeing what's been happening over on Nightwing, and with Joker's recruitment drive in this issue, I'm really concerned for Batman's future. The opening shots have been fired, and we're heading for all out war! Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Comic Watch - Tyson Yurai Jul 16, 2020

    While Im less than enthused about another Joker story, the one that we got here was absolutely fantastic nonetheless. Some of the best Batman stories are just about him stomping out bad guys so that he can save someone he cares about, in this case being Harvey. The art was absolutely amazing and the end of the book had a little bit of a teaser that makes the next issue more than worth looking forward to. Detective Comics still stands as one of the best Batman books being released right now, especially when there are SO MANY to choose from. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Spencer Perry Jul 8, 2020

    Peter J. Tomasi continues to do stellar work in Gotham City, delivering a tense and harrowing tale that could easily have been set-up fodder for the upcoming "Joker War" crossover event. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jul 7, 2020

    This is a fast-paced issue that delivers in action, and artist Brad Walker is a great choice to illustrate the various fights. But it's felt like this title has been playing second fiddle to the main narrative in the Bat-verse for a while, and it doesn't seem like that's going to change as it becomes a tie-in for the next few months. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Joey Casco CSW/CSS Jul 6, 2020

    The art is so fantastic in this issue throughout the whole thing. Tomasi writes such a great Joker and Walker draws him great too. But the rest of the issue story-wise kinda bored me. I like how the narration tried to go with a Detective Noir feel to it, but it just didn't play out well. As ridiculous as seeing Two-Face in a Bat-mecha-suit that the GCPD hoarded away in their basement is, the action that came from that was pretty cool. Taking the good with the bad, it balances out. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Jul 7, 2020

    Detective Comics is one of the cleanest and most visually appealing comics on the stands today. Walker, Hennessy, and Anderson are delivering an action-heavy superhero book with a dynamic range that's intense, gripping, and in-your-face good. Read Full Review

  • 6.4
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Matthew Brake Jul 8, 2020

    Batman hunts down Two-Face while the Joker races an army of Talons in this serviceable, but not stellar, issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Theodis Wright Jul 7, 2020

    As we get closer to the events of Joker War, I still find myself looking and hoping for solid cohesion between the Bat-Family books, particularly its two flagship titles. The glimpses are visibly there, and the missing pieces are there for the taking. I continue to remain hopeful that Tomasi's experience will get it together. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Jul 7, 2020

    What else is there left for me to say? I think I've made myself clear. I don't like this. I love Joker just as much as the next guy, but he has nothing to do with the story that Tomasi and Walker seemed to be building, and I think it's just a lot of wasted potential and missed opportunity. I just wish DC had committed to telling a genuine Two-Face story. So, no, I don't recommend this issue. Read Full Review

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