Detective Comics #1034

Writer: Mariko Tamaki, Joshua Williamson Artist: Gleb Melnikov, Dan Mora Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 24, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 43
8.6Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

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DC Future State may be over-but the present looks tense! With the loss of his fortune and manor, the election of Mayor Nakano, and the growing anti-vigilante sentiment in Gotham, Bruce Wayne must rethink how to be Batman...or risk being left behind by his own city. To make matters worse, a catastrophic crime wave has taken hold of the city, culminating in a murder mystery that hits close to home-the suspects mount, the clues multiply, and the trail of bodies hasn’t ended yet! Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki and superstar artist Dan Mora begin an exciting, surprising, and death-defying new chapter of Detective Comics.
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  • 9.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Zac Owens Mar 23, 2021

    DETECTIVE COMICS #1034 is a wild read. It almost doesn't feel like a Batman comic. But that's because this creative team isn't trying to fit a mold. They're doing their own thing and infusing this action packed series with lots of humanity. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Mar 23, 2021

    This was a strong read for Batman fans with an exciting new status quo with fresh villains for Batman to face and a compelling tease for Robin #1. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Mar 23, 2021

    There is a lot going on in this issue, and all of it is compelling. Not surprising from one of the most talented writers in the entire industry. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Mar 23, 2021

    Dan Mora delivers some stunning visuals with beautiful details throughout both in the exteriors and interiors of the world. Gleb Melnikov does great work with the look of the characters and the utilization of shadow and mood. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Dan Spinelli Mar 23, 2021

    Mariko Tamaki and Dan Mora's first issue of 'Detective Comics' is a delightful romp through Gotham's corridors of power. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - Cody White Mar 23, 2021

    Detective Comicsreturns with #1034 and ushers in a brand new era for Batman as @marikotamaki and @Danmora_c take on a Bruce Wayne sans the fortune in a Gotham growing increasingly tired of masks. In the backup, @Williamson_Josh and @GlebMelnikov8 tease their upcoming Robin book with the return of a fan favorite character! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    COMICON - Scott Redmond Mar 25, 2021

    A new creative team breathes new life into Batman's longest running title as well as into the man that is behind the cape and cowl. A stylized and gorgeous book, the series keeps the mystery/detective vibes that one expects while digging deeper into what the new status quo means for the city and its protector. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Mar 24, 2021

    Mariko Tamaki and Dan Mora have a strong start as the new creative team for Detective Comics. They set all of the groundwork for how they plan to add their mark in how Bruce Wayne will be addressing the present and future of Gotham City post-Joker War and -A-Day. Joshua Williamson and Gleb Melnikov add further quality content as they build excitement for the upcoming Robin series starring Damian Wayne. The final page with the surprise return of one of the DC Universe's top fighters and fan favorite was an double exclamation point to end Detective Comics #1034 on. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Quinn Tassin Mar 29, 2021

    "Detective Comics" #1034 is a ridiculously good first issue of the most grounded Batman comic we've ever read (even if it's background story leaves a lot to be desired) Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Joey Casco CSW/CSS Mar 23, 2021

    Tamaki's debut on Detective is awesome! The art is GREAT and I loved how the story unfolded. Although we're not there yet, we're seeing how and why the idea of the Magistrate is was formed on Nakano's end, and Bruce having to interact with the not-so-common-people but more-common-people-than-he's-used-to is a nice thing to see. I also liked where the Robin backup went by the end. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    The Comicbook Dispatch - acnbat Mar 27, 2021

    A spectacular start to Tamaki's Detective run is blemished slightly by a lackluster Robin story. Hopefully, the Robin backups will stop once his solo book starts. Still, the strength of the Detective story keeps my score high. I also can't wait for more Dan Mora art!! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Christian Hoffer Mar 24, 2021

    Both are good comics and show that the Batman line is recovering nicely from the bloated "Joker War" event. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Mar 23, 2021

    Detective Comics #1034 is a great read, and looks fantastic. I've loved, and collected, this series for well over thirty years, and issues like this one make it very easy for me to want to continue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Theodis Wright Mar 23, 2021

    Not counting Dark Detective in Future State, Detective Comics #1034 is a great start to Tamaki's run. All of the Bat-Books seem to be lining up as they should, and the issue's ending has me anxious to see what's next. It's truly unfortunate that Dan Mora can't stay on the book long-term because his work is masterful. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Mar 23, 2021

    Overall, Detective Comics #1034 is a strong start for Tamaki and Mora's run, mixing the murky world of political corruption with the shallow social lives of Gotham's most fortunate souls for an absorbing read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Mar 23, 2021

    This is a good comic. There's a new mystery for Batman to solve; there are intriguing new characters; the writing is tight and crisp, save for a few slip-ups here and there; and the art is just incredible. While it's too early to say if the arc as a whole will be worth it, I think this is a solid start to Tamaki's run on the title, and I recommend this issue! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Mar 27, 2021

    Pretty straight forward, but otherwise very strong, kick off to a new Batman story. Though I would have preferred they explore the new status quo a bit more. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Ginnkgo Mar 23, 2021

    I decided to jump ahead a few days and got this just to counter FENIXALASNEGRAS's ridiculous review. Bragging about spending money on their favorite series and then tank the review because they suddenly decide they are too cheap to read a comic and rate/write a review without reading the issue. Mora's art is always gorgeous and while I haven't read any of Tamaki's other writing (to my knowledge), nearly any book I have seen her write for is rated highly. After this, I see why and I'll check out her other stories.

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  • 4.5
    fenixalasnegras Mar 23, 2021

    In conclusion, no one gave a basis to justify the qualification and instead they flew into a rage. There are honest people who did not rate this number. And who asked me why five, the truth is that I had already read it to you, but it was an excellent opportunity to do an experiment on how many people only put the rating without actually reading it. And I'm glad they were few. In other places the answer was to base their qualification with their points of view. Thank you all for your participation this was very interesting.

    Now talking about this number Tamaki starts with a Nakano's gala, where a Bruce who is no longer a millionaire but he was in the place, in a moment some thugs dressed as clowns or something similar brake more

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  • 4.5
    myconius Mar 26, 2021

    This was probably one of the most boring Batman comics i've read in a long time. It starts with a Mayor's speech (i'm bored already). Then the speech is broken up by an attack by Party Crashers. The the Party Crashers get taken down by Batman in the most uninteresting "Over-Before-You-Know-It" ways possible.

    Bruce is in a DIY cave, He hurts his back, He's living in some apartment, His neighbor Lydia flirts with him, she invites him to a party, The mayor has a meeting about the Party Crashers, Batman finds the Party Crashers and beats them up, Bruce's Neighbor Sarah gets attacked, Yadda-Yadda-Yadda....

    Aside from decent art, this comic kinda stinks.


    As for the backup story. Damian is interacting with Ta more

  • 2.5
    RedKSuperman Mar 30, 2021

    Ok, I get it...According to some people being rich is bad. So we had to take the Wayne fortune away from Batman. Yeah, that was part of the escapism and part of the character he's a millionaire playboy. If the writers don't like that then go create your own character and watch it not sell. Anyway, this issue and story arc sucks. DC is just circling the drain at this point.

  • 8.5
    Swanktub Mar 24, 2021

    I really liked this grounded approach to Batman. I'm interested to see where this goes.

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  • 8.5
    Spacey Medicine Jul 10, 2021

    This was good! I'm intrigued!

  • 7.5
    Psycamorean Mar 30, 2021

    I enjoyed this, though it was mostly set up.

  • 10
    cincyfan Mar 28, 2021

    Fantastic first issue by Mariko tamaki! I really enjoyed both stories and am very excited to see where things go

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  • 9.5
    KittyNone Mar 26, 2021

    Hey, this was great! Tamaki gives us a better feel for Bruce's post-Joker War life than the main title has, and Dan Mora's art is stunning here, even by his high standards.

    (Rating is for the main story only, the Robin trailer at the end is pretty skippable)

  • 9.0
    Ben Reilly May 30, 2021

    Mariko Tamaki and Dan Mora begin a new chapter in the life of Batman in the pages of Detective Comics. I like how, given the current status quo, the creative team was able to make the book their own while being loyal to the status quo. I like the voices Tamaki gives to the characters of the story and I am actually a fan of the "low-fi" Batman with him making his own caves and living close to citizens of Gotham.

    The story begins with a good old-fashioned murder mystery, which is a weakness to me as I like my Batman as a detective. Because that's who is to me: the Dark Knight Detective. Not some guy who has a bunch of high-tech toys that goes out and fights omega-level threats like Darkseid. I like my Batman grounded, and this is more

  • 8.5
    Green_Lantern_1992 Mar 25, 2021

    Future State was not great for Batman, as the books were hit or miss. The buildup to what seems like the inevitable future, however, is much more interesting. It really seems like DC is going to stick with the idea of Bruce not being a billionaire and having to deal with those challenges as a result. Seeing Bruce actually interact with some of the wealthy elite in Gotham is interesting, and the mystery that's been set up in this issue looks promising. The backup story with Robin has me really excited for his ongoing book next month. I would love for Damian to eventually reclaim the Robin mantle, or at least come back to being a full-fledged hero, but for right now this story is really interesting. The art on both stories is pretty good, but more

  • 8.5
    F.T. Wolf Mar 26, 2021

    Very enjoyable.
    Both the Batman & Robin stories are well written & well illustrated. The Bruce story ties into the larger narrative well while still providing a solid new case for the detective. One that ties into both his Batman life and Bruce Wayne life AKA the best type of Batman cases.
    Damian's story was short again, but offered good insight in what his solo-series will be. Seems fun, though I'm not sure about the direction of his character just yet.

  • 8.5
    EDiakota Mar 29, 2021

    " I believe it's my job to have a vision for Gotham city's future and to bring that vision to life."
    - Mayor Nakano

  • 8.0

    Mariko Tamaki's off to a decent start I'd say. The art is good as well. This story helps us see how Bruce is adjusting to this new lifestyle. Basically the story is starting out simple, but promises to escalate. There are some new supporting characters who may turn out interesting. Already it looks like Detective will remain the better of the 2 regular titles (Though I do look forward to the upcoming new Legends of the Dark Knight series, which shows promise).
    In regards to reaction to Bruce losing most of his fortune, I hope those who complain don't actually expect it to last. Experience shows we have no need to expect this to be a permanent change for him. DC's just trying for the umpteenth time to put him in a scenario that has nev more

  • 7.0
    Bats20832 Mar 23, 2021

    Overall, the art is well done and the story is OK. Bruce is resourceful with the mini-caves, although there is no logical reason not to have access to the Batcave, other than lack of parking near where Bruce lives in the city. The changed situation for Bruce forces him to deal with neighbors, etc., and different dynamics. The story is just OK. Not a lot of it, so going over too much of it would just be total spoiler. Weird cameo by Huntress with no follow through.

    I do wish Bruce would shave. It is a shame to see Bruce Wayne... sloppy and continuing to be unkempt. He can come down in the world and still afford a razor and an ironed shirt. Batcaves in the sewer tunnels. This portrayal of Batman more than "grounded," but intended t more

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  • 6.5

    The story itself is a solid 9.0. Excellent exploration of Bruce Wayne as a character and how he deals with setbacks and human interaction, something that is typically lacking with the overwhelming focus on the alter-ego Batman and that persona's seemingly invulnerable attitude.

    The reason for the downgrade is simply the price and my ability to maintain this issue on my pull list. With DC's proposed price increase to $6 and this issue coming out bi-weekly, I am not able to invest $156 a year to see how this series pans out, especially when there are multiple other comic series that are at least as good and available at 1/3 the price.

  • 6.5
    Boudi Mar 29, 2021

    Dan Mora and Jordie Bellaire make a phenomenal team. One thing I liked about this issue is how Mariko Tamaki writtes the mayor. When he was written by James Tynion IV and John Ridley they just used him as your stereotypical evil mayor, in this issue he is a guy that is seriously concerned for the people of Gotham. Mariko Tamaki also crafts very real characters, I looked at Bruce's neighbours and was like "I know someone exactly like that". The bad part is the backup feature. It ended with a real clifhanger in Batman #106. Here everything is solved easily and makes me realize I overlooked how bad the art is on this one. DC is bringing Connor Hawke back, they are probably going to mess up, a shame. They are also going to include Ravager in th more

  • 5.5
    C.V.R. The Bard Mar 28, 2021

    Alot of socialite Bruce in this issue, though I am most intrigued to see how Huntress plays into this. The action sequences were a slog, I have just seen this before too many times.
    I would have skipped the Robin side story, but I love Talia. Out of all the little editor's notes , DC could have mentioned Silencer. Surprisingly the story with Damian was more interesting than The Bat's. Jon could take some notes from here on how to properly fill in the shoes of an icon.
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