Detective Comics #1039

Writer: T. Rex, Mariko Tamaki Artist: Viktor Bogdanovic, T. Rex Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 14, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 24
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Looks like someone brought a batarang to a bazooka fight! As the explosive battle royal between Batman and Mr. Worth roars to a climax, Huntress is on the trail of the other major threat plaguing Gotham City: violence parasite Vile! By the end of this battle, one character will be dead, one avenged, and even more holding on for dear life!
Do not miss this epic issue that leads directly into the Batman Secret Files: Huntress special!
PLUS: In The Vile Truth, catch a glimpse into the secret origin of Detective Comics break-out villain Vile through the lens of writer/artist Tristan Jones!

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - James Attias Jul 13, 2021

    Detective Comics #1039 is well Worth Vile (Sorry, not sorry) Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jul 13, 2021

    Bogdanovic delivers some beautifully detailed art throughout the story. Every page is filled with vibrant energy. T. Rex delivers some awesome art in the Vile story. The character is harsh and scary and the art reflects the darkness of the character. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Jul 13, 2021

    Detective Comics #1039 is a wonderful finale to the "The Neighborhood" story arc. Throughout, the issues have focused on character driving the story with the back up tales fleshing out different aspects of the larger story. The inclusion of the the larger Bat-family and nostalgia they bring with them raises the fun quotient in a significant way. This is another example of substance and character triumphing over event and hype. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Christian Hoffer Jul 14, 2021

    Overall, I feel like Detective Comics is really trying to do something different with the Dark Detective. Not every story beat and idea necessarily works, but they certain deserve props for not falling into familiar patterns. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 13, 2021

    Tamaki wraps this arc, but the resolution isnt satisfying as it sets the stage for a potentially ill-advised next run of stories. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jul 13, 2021

    It's a decent story, but not up to the title's usual standard. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Weird Science - Joey Casco CSW/CSS Jul 13, 2021

    This issue features the origin of Hue Vile and how he manipulated all of the events happening in Detective Comics right now. It had some really cool moments and I enjoyed it overall, but the art wasn't as good as it has been for some reason. I like this new villain Vile and I'm looking forward to seeing more from him.7.8/10 Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    COMICON - Scott Redmond Jul 14, 2021

    Detective Comics' new team brings their first arc to a mostly satisfactory conclusion, that feels somewhat rushed while also being dragged down a bit by the continued presence of Viktor Bogdanovic on the book. What should be one of DC Comics' top books continues to be marred by the company leadership's choices to keep bringing toxic and problematic creators back into the fold. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AIPT - Noelle Modelo Jul 13, 2021

    While the action tries to reach a roaring climax, it ultimately lands a tired blow after a run with Worth that's worn out. There is still a lot of potential inDetective Comicswith further developments behind Vile, the Huntress and how Batman responds to the chaos unleashed, but the pace will have to pick up quickly before the series loses its spark. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Jul 13, 2021

    I just don't think that this is a good issue. Yes, the art is great and if you're just tuning in for that I'm sure you'll have a good time! But the villains are so straightforward that they're uninteresting; the city-wide chaos happens mostly off-panel; several plot threads that should've been resolved in this finale aren't; and as a result the overall story arc ends up being rather weak. We need stronger villains, a sense of threat, and a better structured narrative and plot. These comics ain't cheap, so they better start giving us our money's worth. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Merlyn Jul 13, 2021

    Tamaki's awful story is finally over, the second one is ok.

  • 2.0
    fenixalasnegras Jul 13, 2021

    take away this series of Tamaki! go write the hideous "I'm not Star Fire" and stop to destroy Detective Comics. The ship has already sunk now we need someone who can rescue the shipwrecks before they die of hypothermia!

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  • 7.5
    F.T. Wolf Jul 13, 2021

    A good issue though not quite a solid ending to a very enjoyable story arc. In terms of the quality (writing, art etc.) the books is solid. More then solid even. It's just that I find it underwhelming due to the pace being too fast for my liking as well as finding the big-bad, the one behind the murder of Bruce's neighbours, not even remotely intersting.
    Still a good, enteraining read though, don't get me wrong on that.

    The backup story hinges on if you like new villain Vile. If you do then you'll like it. If you don't, then you won't.

  • 5.5
    deen Jul 13, 2021

    Tedious is the word I would use to describe Tamaki's run this far on Detective. I really have it a shot but this is where I get off the Tec train. Dan Mora is MIA on the book and his art was a draw, though given how the story turned out, he wouldn't have too much to draw except bombastic action scenes.

    Given her Wonder Woman run and now this, I remain unimpressed by Mariko Tamaki. I gave her a lot of chances but this run took a nosedive for me as well.

  • 8.0
    Psycamorean Jul 14, 2021

    I liked this. I just wish it didn't feel incomplete. Was this really the end of the arc, or just an obligatory stopping point? The backup was cool, I guess. I don't hate this issue, but it feels like I can't figure out where things are going with a lot of the Batman titles right now, and not in a good way.

  • 8.0
    TSMack Jul 16, 2021

    Overall, I liked Tamaki's story in this issue, and Bog's artwork was good too. The second story on Vile's background was mildly interesting. I liked the interaction between Vile & Huntress. I like the Huntress' role as Batman's ally in this arc. I hope Worth takes a long timeout nap under the cement, since his confrontations with the Bat were becoming redundant.

  • 7.5
    Fracadactyl Jul 13, 2021

    I like how the hunger of Gotham attracts anyone with a similar attitude. Only problem is, the backstory kind of gets in the way of the pacing.

  • 7.5
    EDiakota Jul 18, 2021

    " How many tine can one guy blow up a city ? "
    - HUNTRESS

  • 5.0
    Stormwrath Jul 13, 2021

    Started well but didn't end well, its a 5/10, in middle of the road, neither terrible, nor great

  • 1.0
    Bats20832 Jul 17, 2021

    So Mariko Tamaki is writing another vampire horror comic story like she has done so many times before.... oh wait... that's right, it is "Detective Comics" Batman horror comics story. It is hard to tell them apart these days. All that Mariko needs to add to EC (I mean DC) horror comics is the Crypt-Keeper to introduce the stories. So if you like Tales from the Crypt, Creepy, Eerie, etc., then Mariko Tamaki is the Batman writer for you.

    The issue discussing the Vile Truth is very appropriate, as this is the vile truth that Detective Comics has been reduced to. After all, who needs detective PLOTS, when you can throw in MONSTERS!

    EC Comics continuing to leverage the low-paid, inexperienced writers, who couldn't figu more

  • 10
    Bruno Mael Jul 14, 2021

  • 9.0
    Xorn52 Jul 15, 2021

  • 9.0
    Chancho Jul 20, 2021

  • 8.5
    UxasIs Jul 23, 2021

  • 8.0
    tonpas1989 Jul 14, 2021

  • 7.5
    WillOetg1 Jul 13, 2021

  • 7.5
    ds Jul 14, 2021

  • 7.5
    Magik Jul 14, 2021

  • 7.5
    Radar Jul 17, 2021

  • 7.0
    nekizt Jul 18, 2021

  • 6.5
    sebastianorellana95 Jul 14, 2021

  • 6.0
    DoorMan Jul 16, 2021

  • 5.0
    Jmowarp Jul 15, 2021

  • 4.0
    Cool Jul 22, 2021

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