Detective Comics #1038

Writer: Mariko Tamaki, Meghan Fitzmartin Artist: Viktor Bogdanovic, Karl Mostert Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 23, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 45
7.4Critic Rating
6.8User Rating

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An epic battle is taking place in Gotham City...below the city streets?! Batman and MR. WORTH are locked in a deadly duel involving a rocket launcher, a micro-cave subterranean system, and a whole lot of bloody knuckles. Can Huntress save Lady Clayface before the entire city collapses from underneath itself? Plus: the insidious VILE makes his move, and boy is it UGLY...
FEATURING “MARCH OF THE PENGUIN”: Gotham’s seediest gangster is looking to take advantage of the unrest in the city, and the Penguin is finally ready to make his move!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Jun 22, 2021

    Unsurprisingly, Detective Comics #1038 is again a great read that exemplifies what is enjoyable about the comic book medium. Not only is the main mystery gripping, and the characters interesting with truly engaging aspects, the little details bring moments of unadulterated joy. For a great Batman comic, add Detective Comics to your reading list. You won't be disappointed! Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jun 22, 2021

    Bogdanovic delivers some beautiful and exciting visuals throughout this issue. Not only are the characters filled with detailed expression, but the action is fantastic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jun 22, 2021

    The addition of Mr. Worth to Batman's rogues' gallery has been one of the best decisions the Bat-books have made in some time. A powerful in more ways than one titan driven by misguided rage, he's a great illustration of how privilege and entitlement can turn someone from a nobody to a monster in a hurry. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    The Comicbook Dispatch - acnbat Jun 27, 2021

    This arc has been thoroughly enjoyable for me. The evoking story brought to life by top-tier art work put Detective Comics at the top of my read list each and every time it comes out! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Christian Hoffer Jun 23, 2021

    Detective Comics #1038 shows that the corruption of Gotham City can't be solved by one new mayor or a new status quo. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - James Attias Jun 22, 2021

    Oh, you don't have to be better evolve to understand that Detective Comics #1038 is highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Theodis Wright Jun 22, 2021

    Despite knowing there are more issues to come in this arc, this story ended like a penultimate issue. Considering how good it ended, I am most definitely on board with more. In looking at the trend with the backup stories in Detective Comics, it is going to be interesting to see the role Penguin plays in this plot. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    COMICON - Scott Redmond Jun 25, 2021

    While the story, coloring, lettering, and backup are all putting in all the effort to make this a really great book there is no escaping the toxic cloud that is over it all because of Viktor Bogdanovic's presence on the book. DC Comics choice to continue to give work to problematic creators when there are so many other deserving individuals (check out the backup artwork) who should be given this chance. The rest of the creative team does not at all deserve this as their work is beyond great. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jun 22, 2021

    This book has become silly and convoluted and needs some focus.  So many things in this book are ill-explained or pushed aside, affecting any tension or mystery Tamaki tries setting up.  It all looks fantastic, but I find myself less interested in each issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jun 22, 2021

    This arc is badly in need of a conclusion or at least some serious progression as its gotten stale and feeling like its running in place. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Jun 22, 2021

    Story-wise, I don't think this comic is worth the amount of money that they're charging customers. Now, I'm still crazy enough to pick up the floppies for the art because I'm such a big fan of these artists, but that doesn't mean that I recommend this. Instead, it's probably better to wait and see if the quality of this book improves over time before you spend your hard-earned money on this. It's a shame, really, because this story was off to a good, solid start. Hopefully the creative team can still course correct. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jun 26, 2021

    All of the interesting plotting and character work in this story so far just fell apart this issue. Suddenly events and characters felt very contrived and nothing held together. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Merlyn Jun 22, 2021

    Get Tamaki off the book, this ship is sinking fast! Second story was decent.

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  • 8.0
    King-Maker Psycamorean Jun 29, 2021

    I don't really know what to make of the bad reviews for this, mostly because none of them actually explain what the problems are. I will say this one feels like spinning wheels, especially with how Mr. Worth gets arrested just to literally get out the next page. What was the point of that? But it's quality wheel spinning. It feels like Batman more than Tynion's run does. The backup was pretty good, but I have to wonder why that journalist was such an idiot.

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  • 3.0
    fearUhavemeisenough Jun 22, 2021

    The only thing that raised this comic was the art of Dan Mora.

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  • 2.5
    fenixalasnegras Jun 22, 2021


    This is like the sinking of the titanic, and I just prefer to laugh than cry, we will see how much it collapses, in May it had number 41 in unit sales and 35 of the best sellers by dollar.
    And the backup story, someone from above helps these people, what was that? HA! Sometimes the cheap turns out to be expensive.

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  • 9.0
    UxasIs Jul 9, 2021

    Detective Comics - a bit sillier this one, but nonetheless an enjoyable read even if the arts a poor man's Greg Capullo (still great), 8.5/10

    Penguin - great comeback for the penguin, really dug it, even if the arts a poor man's Frank Quietly (still great), 9/10

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  • 7.0
    F.T. Wolf Jun 22, 2021

    Around and about the same as issue #1037. Enjoyable outing that moves the story along
    but with some issues in regards to pacing.
    The story is better paced then #1037, doesn´t feel like just a set of scenes stringed together, but it´s still over a bit to soon and not entirely satisfying by the end. Did like the added moments of small humour and Worth, while not as complexed as I would´ve hoped, is at least entertaining to read about with his affinity for explosions and comedically large weapons.

    The book got one backup this time around, focused the Penguin. It´s fine. It could´ve made its point in a much shorter span but all in all it´s, again, just fine.

  • 7.0
    Ben Reilly Jun 22, 2021

    Gonna try and keep my review of this as short as possible. Spoilers below:
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    I'm still invested in the story here but the writing has been taken down a notch in quality. For instance, the end of the last issue had Mr. Worth searching for Bruce asking where he is, only for Bruce to show up as Batman saying "here" and apparently in this issue Mr. Worth DIDN'T put two and two together??? Anyone with half a brain would've done that. Like the previous issue's problem I had with the smartwatch in the jailcell, this was another plot convenience. As for the art, it was just as good as the last issue if not better (I still miss Dan Mora though). I don't know if it's because of the book being twice-monthly more

  • 5.5
    Stormwrath Jun 22, 2021

    The first two issues were great, but since then this title is getting worse every issue

  • 5.0
    SamComics Jun 22, 2021

    This series since the new changes has been damaged. The writer is definitely bad at writing a topic that refers to mystery, she definitely tries. The change in art is another thing that has declined, it is not bad, however it is a very abrupt change.

  • 9.0
    cincyfan Jun 26, 2021

    I really enjoyed both stories and loved seeing Cassandra Cain make an appearance in the second story. Mariko tamaki continues to do a wonderful job on detective

  • 8.5
    EDiakota Jun 30, 2021

    " Welcome to Gotham ! "
    - HUNTRESS

  • 8.5

    A pretty decent issue, but I think it's about time we wrapped this one up, don't you think? In the old days Batman usually solved a murder case in a single issue, but then again he didn't always have an 8-foot-tall Mustachioed killing machine on a warpath to contend with along the way either. Mr. Worth is an interesting new foe and he shows promise as an even tougher enemy in the future. In fact the characters introduced in this book each show more promise than all the lameoids Tynion has cooked up put together.
    Vile is still mostly a mystery. He likely has a part in the conspiracy leading to "Fear State" I'm betting.
    Penguin's backup story is more important than the basic backup stories that are all an obvious excuse to raise pri more

  • 8.0
    Fracadactyl Jun 23, 2021

    A short brawl is ready to distract Batman from a bigger plot brewing. Not that the distraction won't be a big threat with how Worth makes an alliance with Penguin. Who in this case is ready to take back his place as a major villain in Gotham.

  • 7.5
    daspidaboy Jun 22, 2021

    I enjoyed it. I like seeing Penguin react to being old school, and I thought the Bruce Wayne/Huntress story was engaging and had good dialogue.

  • 7.5
    TSMack Jul 6, 2021

    Both stories kept my interest, & the artwork on both was good. Roland Worth is becoming DC's version of the Kingpin.

  • 6.0
    Dali Jun 25, 2021

    Tamaki what did you do? you are dropping loudly and mercilessly a series that has taken decades for its success .. I want to cry

  • 5.5
    KFuqua Jun 28, 2021

    This book gets worse every issue. Please get this team off the book and get rid of stupid back-up stories.

  • 5.0
    TheFightingBull Jun 27, 2021

    "It's hard not to feel the strike of someone's heart breaking.
    The snap inside your chest...
    When you lose that thing that makes you feel human."

    - Batman -

    And certainly Bruce / Batman know about this, being numb inside.


    Hell, I couldn't even get a decent opening sentence. Nor could find coherence in to unrealistic reactions.
    It has too many inconsistencies, exploding the place where they had Bruce captive, could be overstated by a hurt parent, But there doesn't make sense is the lack of evidence to lock up Bruce, only for mentioned one.

  • 2.0
    RedKSuperman Jun 26, 2021

    The 1st story is garbage, the 2nd story was much better. Get Tamakai off of this book, DC books all together.

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