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: 56
7.4Critic Rating
6.1User 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 - 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

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